In the seventh inning of the Boston Red Sox' win over the Baltimore Orioles, Rafael Devers reached a milestone.
He crushed a two-run homer off Orioles reliever Shawn Armstrong that was 27th of the season. Here's a look at that blast via the Red Sox official Twitter.
This is the part of the game where Raffy hits a home run. pic.twitter.com/aMsktPNLfc— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 18, 2019
However, the homer was only part of the story. On the play, Devers recorded his 100th and 101st RBIs of the season. In the process of doing so, he became the first player to record 100 RBIs during the 2019 MLB season. Additionally, he set a milestone by becoming the first player to total 100-plus RBIs and 100-plus runs in a single season at age 23 or less since Miguel Cabrera achieved that feat in 2005.
And via the Red Sox Notes Twitter account, Devers is only the second Red Sox player to reach this milestone, joining Ted Williams.
Rafael Devers is the first player with 100+ RBI and 100+ runs in a season—all before turning 23 years old—since Miguel Cabrera in 2005. The only other Red Sox player to accomplish the feat is Ted Williams (1939 & 1940).— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) August 18, 2019
Any time a player is mentioned in conjunction with Williams and Cabrera, that is certainly a good thing. Devers has rapidly become one of the best, young hitters in baseball and given his youth and continued growth, there's no doubting that he can be a superstar hitter for the Red Sox. And in the future, he will likely continue to set records for the squad.
Over the course of his past five games, Devers has been red-hot for the Red Sox, batting .652 with 3 homers, 7 doubles, and 11 RBIs. He currently leads the MLB in hits, RBIs, and doubles. With the Red Sox fighting for their Wild Card life, they will be looking for Devers to continue this streak and help power their offense amid injuries to their starting rotation.
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