Xander Bogaerts snaps out of homerless drought with two, including No. 100

CLEVELAND — Xander Bogaerts hit two home runs in Wednesday’s 5-1 victory over the Indians.

The second one was a three-run shot.

The first one counted for only one run, but still was a huge blast, counting as No. 100 in Bogaerts’ career. He had been sitting on 99 since Aug. 1, a 53 at-bat long-ball drought.

“It’s obviously great, I guess,” said Bogaerts, who has 27 home runs on the season. “I knew against Tampa once I hit those two, I knew I had one more. All these days go by and today I came to the field and once I hit it, I completely forgot it was my 100th. For some reason, I don’t know why I forgot. All the weeks before I kind of had it in my head.

“I think it’s kind of good that I got it out of the way. I had no idea. I think one of the guys said, I don’t know which guy it was, that said, ‘Hey, congrats.’ I was like, ‘Oh that’s right.’ I just completely forgot. I think just being in the game in that moment, I just completely forgot about that.”

Bogaerts had been scuffling some, especially in the power department. His slugging percentage dropped from .585 after that Aug. 1 two-dinger game to .547 before Wednesday’s two-dinger game.

“It’s kind of my time to grind through it right now and it’s not the whole season you’re going to be going good,” Bogaerts said. “Understand and try not to get too frustrated. It’s hard man, it’s hard because us as competitors, we want to do good always and don’t want to hear about slumps or anything like that.”

Devers stays hot

Just before Bogaerts hit No. 100, Rafael Devers hit his own solo shot, No. 25 on the season to briefly tie Bogaerts for second-most on the team.

Devers had singled in the first, meaning the home run capped off a string of eight consecutive at-bats with a hit. Devers went 6-for-6 here Tuesday night with four doubles, becoming the first player in the live ball era with six hits and four doubles in one game.

In his next at-bat after the home run in the fifth inning, Devers grounded out weakly to Shane Bieber.

After recording the out, the crowd gave an extended cheer for the seldom-seen feat. Even Bieber could not restrain himself from a double fist pump and wide grin.

“He just hits it so hard, that’s the thing that’s most impressive,” Bogaerts said. “It’s not little bloop hits, little infield knocks, none of that. It’s just hard, to the wall, it’s going to reach the wall in the air or on the ground but it’s going to reach the wall and it’s impressive.”

Before the game, Indians manager Terry Francona said Devers reminded him of a left-handed hitting Vladimir Guerrero in that he never saw a pitch — ball or strike — he didn’t think he could hit.

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Source:: Boston Herald


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