And even though this is a lost season for the Sox, it certainly didn’t make it any better to lose arguably its best player.
But according to manager Ron Roenicke, Verdugo could have have remained in the game.
“Tight hamstring,” Roenicke said after the game on Zoom. “He could have gone back out and played. But I talked to the trainers and to put him out there when he has a tight hamstring and it’s kind of grabbing at him, it didn’t make sense. If he ends up pulling it then he’s probably done for the year. And I didn’t want to take that chance.”
Here are some more notes from Friday’s Red Sox-Yankees game:
— Martín Pérez absolutely dazzled.
The lefty tossed six innings of three-hit, no-run ball with seven strikeouts.
The strong outing comes after a solid performance against the Tampa Bay Rays in which Pérez gave up two earned runs across five innings with six K’s.
— Christian Arroyo continued his hot streak.
The infielder blasted a three-run home run — his first at Fenway Park — to open up the scoring and make it 3-0 in the fourth inning.
The home run cart also made another appearance in the dugout.
— Jackie Bradley Jr. went 1-for-3 with a walk.
The center fielder now has hit safely in 25 of his last 29 games.
— The Red Sox looked destined to win this game with runners on second and third in the bottom of the 10th inning, and loaded the bases in the 11th. But they were unable to capitalize.
— J.D. Martinez’s struggles continued at the plate, striking out four times in an 0-for-6 night.
The slugger left nine men on base, something Roenicke said was “baffling.”
— Boston now has lost 11 straight to the Yankees.
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