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With the Rays closing in on a series sweep, up 1-0 in the bottom of the 8th in Fenway Park, with 2 outs, and a man on and Red Sox outfielder Hunter Renfroe up, chances for the BoSox to come back vs. one of the best bullpens in the league looked slim… Enter Hunter Freaking Renfroe.
Renfroe had an outfield assist in the 4th inning, throwing out Manuel Margot, who was trying to stretch a single into a double,
but here in the bottom of the 8th, it was his bat that made the difference. With Kyle Schwarber on first base, and JT Chargois pitching, Renfroe stepped up to the dish. On the very first pitch, a hanging slider, Hunter bashed it over the monster! 2-1 Red Sox lead!
But the game was far from over. With the Red Sox COVID issues, Hansel Robles came in to close out the one-run game. After getting the first two men out, Robles gave up a slicing hit to Joey Wendle. Danny Santana made a horrible read, and dove, but the ball went past him. Renfroe was there to back him up though… Wendle decided to head to third base, after seeing that the ball went by Santana. Bad idea. Renfroe threw a cannon, on one hop to third base to nail Wendle, and end the game.
Not to mention 2nd place in the division, and a 0.5 game lead on the first wild card spot!
Hunter single-handedly won the Sox this game (Nate Eovaldi and the pen were great too), but there was some even bigger news today about him. He revealed on WEEI’s Merloni and Fauria, "MLB basically told us to stop the testing and just treat the symptoms," Renfroe said. "And we were like, 'No, we're going to figure out what's going on and keep trying to keep this thing under control.'” Both the MLB and the Red Sox have both disagreed on the statement. If you want to read the full article, click here.
It’s safe to say he will get some money next year, as he is still arbitration-eligible. Have a day Hunter!
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