Xander Bogaerts picked a pretty opportune time to record a career first at Fenway Park.
With the Boston Red Sox already trailing the Houston Astros by a run Monday in Game 4 of the American League Division Series, Bogaerts launched a first-inning home run off Astros starter Charlie Morton to tie the score.
So, why was Bogaerts’ solo shot special? Well, because the Red Sox shortstop had yet to hit an opposite-field home run at Fenway Park entering Monday. Like, in his entire career.
In fact, Bogaerts has hit just two opposite-field home runs since his major league debut in 2013, and both had come on the road.
Bogaerts’ clutch homer also was his first hit of the series, as the blast snapped an 0-for-14 slump for the 25-year-old. Timing is everything, right?
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