The Boston Pink Sox went all weekend in opposition to the Toronto Blue Jays with no large hit with runners in scoring place and confronted one other likelihood on Monday in opposition to the Texas Rangers.
Left-handed reliever Will Smith stood on the hill for Texas with the bases loaded after an intentional stroll to Rafael Devers. Rob Refsnyder got here to the plate with a popularity for hitting lefties nicely, hitting .310 with an 825 OPS and 21 RBIs in opposition to southpaws in 2023.
As an alternative of bringing in a right-hander to face Refsnyder, Rangers supervisor Bruce Bochy caught with Smith. Refsnyder instantly made Texas pay with a two-run single to place the Pink Sox forward 3-2. Boston added one other run within the body and held on for a 4-2 victory to open the collection.
After starter Jordan Montgomery baffled the Pink Sox, Refsnyder took benefit in opposition to a struggling Texas bullpen.
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“Montgomery was throwing the ball so nicely,” Refsnyder instructed Jahmai Webster at Globe Life Area, as seen on NESN’s postgame protection. “He was dominating with that curveball low. I noticed them deliberately stroll Raffy (Devers). I assumed possibly a righty was going to come back in. I confronted Will Smith who’s an unimaginable reliever. Simply tried to have a great battle proper there and was lucky to come back by means of.”
On a group with greater than sufficient outfield depth, Refsnyder confirmed why he stays so beneficial within the form of the Pink Sox roster.