BOSTON — Dropped from second to sixth in the batting order a week ago and without a home run for nearly six weeks, Alex Verdugo got rid of his recent frustration with one monster cut.
And he left no doubt about how good it felt.
As the baseball smacked his barrel and headed high and far and over Boston’s bullpen in right-center field and into the first row of the bleachers, Verdugo stood, watched and savored the latest glorious moment for the Red Sox, who pulled out a 5-4 win over the Blue Jays on Monday night at Fenway Park.
What, you thought the Red Sox were going to run out of late-inning magic just because the Yankees left town?
The comeback kings of MLB in 2021 were more than happy to break out their act again, riding that two-run rocket by Verdugo with one out in the bottom of the eighth that turned a one-run deficit into a one-run lead.
“I said to the guys, ‘If that wasn’t going out, that would have been one of the most embarrassing moments ever,'” said Verdugo. “Right off the bat, I felt like I got that one good enough. I felt like I barreled it and had the right launch angle, everything. If that didn’t go, I would have been devastated. I would have crawled into a little corner and stayed there.”
Instead, Verdugo rounded the bases with boundless joy, knowing that…