Franchy Cordero capped a wild 10th inning on Sunday afternoon with a walk-off grand slam, powering the Boston Red Sox to their fifth straight win with an 8-4 final over the Seattle Mariners. Watch Cordero’s homer in the above video.
It was a hell of a time for Cordero to hit his first home run of 2022. The 22-year-old is still batting just .231 with a .709 OPS in 59 plate appearances, but his raw power (.173 ISO) remains his best asset. Cordero obviously didn’t need to launch the ball out of the park to score the winning run, but he ran into one anyway.
The Red Sox have now won five in a row, including a four-game sweep over the Mariners at Fenway. Cordero’s blast is the latest sign that the Red Sox’ offense has woken up after a shockingly slow start to the regular season. Boston is now first in the American League in runs scored (42) over the last seven days, and second in the majors to the St. Louis Cardinals.
They also have a .925 team OPS over the last seven days, by far the best rate in baseball in that span. The Los Angeles Dodgers are a distant second at .841.
Big-money off-season signing Trevor Story has been at the center of that surge, with seven home runs, 19 RBIs, and a 1.173 OPS over his last 12 games. Story’s hot streak included a three-home run game in last Thursday’s win over the Mariners, which he followed up with a grand slam of his own on Friday.
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The Red Sox have now won eight of their last 10, but despite the recent hot streak, they’re still 19-22 and sit 10 games back of the first-place New York Yankees in the American League East. They’re off Monday, then they will look to inch closer back to .500 in Chicago against the White Sox.
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