Bogaerts has been considered one of the best offensive shortstops in baseball for some time now. Despite that, his home run swing has been almost non-existent this year. But that doesn’t mean his power hasn’t been there. The 24-year-old has 18 doubles and four triples on the year, showing home runs aren’t everything.
Still, everyone loves seeing high home run totals, and two isn’t going to cut it. Two in one game though? That’ll work.
In his first at-bat, Bogaerts absolutely unloaded on a pitch for a 425-foot solo shot to center field. Then with the Red Sox down 2-1 in the sixth, the right-handed hitter ripped his second home run of the game. This time it was a two-run home run, giving Boston the lead.
In his final at-bat of the night, Bogaerts kept it simple with an RBI single. He ended the day 3-for-4 with two home runs and four runs batted in.
On the season, Bogaerts is putting up All-Star numbers. He has a .318/.370/.465 slash line with 30 RBI and 43 runs scored. He’s stolen eight bases in nine attempts as well.
While four home runs aren’t a lot, Bogaerts has shown he can be effective without hitting many. He’s also now shown that he’s capable of destroying the baseball. There’s still plenty of the season left, so expect his home run total to rise steadily.
Most impressive was that Bogaerts carried Boston’s offense on Sunday. They won the game 6-4 and took two-of-three from the Houston Astros. The wins helped push the Red Sox into a tie for first in the American League East with the New York Yankees.
With a suddenly powerful Xander Bogaerts right in the middle of their lineup, don’t be surprised to see the Red Sox record continue to climb.