Friday, September 26, 2014

A Memorable Night Last Night

No, not in New York. In Boston.

The future was on display as the Red Sox concluded their season series with Tampa Bay by whacking the Rays, 11-1. Allen Webster pitched seven solid innings for his fifth win of the season.

But it was the bats of Christian Vazquez and Rusney Castillo that caught the eyes of all who witnessed it at Fenway last night. Vazquez went 4-for-4 with a bomb of a home run and three RBI. This kid has star written all over him, as he thrown out 52% of all runners who have tried to steal off him, and has a definite presence behind the plate, even in his rookie season. He's been compared to Ivan Rodriguez, and not because they are both Puerto Rican. His bat has shown flashes of brillence, and if he hits enough, he'll be an All-Star for sure.

Castillo hit a three-run home run in the fourth, and it put the game out of reach in the 4th inning. He's only played a few games at the MLB level, but has shown some good instincts in the field and on the bases (as he scored from second on a wild pitch on Tuesday night).

The Sox rolled out seven rookies in the lineup last night, as they had on Tuesday. And they beat Tampa Bay convincingly in both contests. Both Vazquez and Castillo belted their first MLB home runs last night. It reminded me of the 2013 Sox with the power displays and the two-out hitting.

The date of September 25, 2014 maybe remembered for other reasons, but it will also be the night that both Christian Vazquez and Rusney Castillo went deep for the first time for the Red Sox.

Yes, the future was on display at Fenway last night. Bring it on.

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