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Monday, June 14, 2021 – Fenway Park, Section 33

Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1

Monday afternoon brought heavy rain as we were driving in to Boston, but it stopped long enough for us to walk in from the car, and then our seats were under cover in left field. Unlike the rainy afternoon game we went to in May, this time the stadium lights were on, and the grounds crew came out right on time, 40 minutes before the start of the game, to remove the tarp and get everything ready. After a wild win at my last game on Thursday, the Red Sox had opened their series against the Blue Jays with a walkoff win on Friday night, then were dealt blowout losses on Saturday and Sunday. (I usually like to go to Sunday games because parking is free at meters, but I was on-call for work and opted for the Monday instead. That ended up being a great choice, even though it meant we had to pay for parking.)

A rainy Flag Day celebration.
Marwin Gonzalez checks the note card in his hat. The super-utility man who has played six positions this year – including pitching an inning in Sunday’s game – was in left field tonight.
With the Red Sox rotation battered around in their last few starts, and the team nearing the end of a stretch of 17 games in 17 days, Nathan Eovaldi came up huge with 6.2 innings of shutout ball. “Nasty Nate” didn’t allow a baserunner until the fourth inning, and left with a 1-0 lead.
Matt Barnes gets a dramatic intro when he enters a game at Fenway. He’s been great as closer all year, but tonight he had the tough task of facing a Blue Jays lineup that had blasted eight home runs the day before, with only a 1-0 lead. As rain started up again, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who was leading the league in homers, took him deep over the Monster to tie the game.

The Red Sox have become known for their late-game rallies and come-from-behind wins, and they had the right batters due up in the bottom of the ninth. Alex Verdugo and J.D. Martinez each singled to start the inning. Xander Bogaerts flied out to left, but then Rafael Devers launched a hit high off the Green Monster to drive in the winning run. The walkoff celebration ended up being in right field, as Raffy ran from his joyous teammates until they finally chased him down.

The chase.
The celebration.
Raffy and his teamates return to the dugout after an exciting walkoff win.
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