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Red Sox players in awe of Rockies' Nolan Arenado: 'I had chills'

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Red Sox players in awe of Rockies' Nolan Arenado: 'I had chills'

Being in the American League, the Boston Red Sox don't get to see the Colorado Rockies all that often. But when they do, they enjoy getting a front-row seat to the Nolan Arenado show.

Since entering the league in 2013, Arenado has made a name for himself as one of the best all-around players in baseball. The 28-year-old recently became the first third baseman in MLB history with five consecutive seasons of 30+ homers or 100+ RBI. He's also earned a Gold Glove award in each of his first six seasons in the big leagues and looks well on his way to making it seven straight.

To see why Arenado will need to invest in a new trophy case to fit the rest of his Gold Glove awards, look no further than the clip below from Wednesday night's game:

The guy is a wizard.

The Red Sox were left with that same impression following their two-game set in Colorado. According to Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe, several Sox players raved about the Rockies superstar including 22-year-old third baseman Rafael Devers, who "had chills watching him."

To go along with the web gems above, Arenado went 5-for-10 at the plate with two doubles, a home run, and three RBI vs. Boston.

Needless to say, the Rockies have to be feeling pretty good about locking up the face of their franchise with an eight-year, $260 million contract back in February. The Red Sox aren't hurting at the third base position either, as Devers has enjoyed a monster season of his own and looks like he'll be a key contributor for many years to come.

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Highlights of Red Sox' 7-4 win over the Rockies

Highlights of Red Sox' 7-4 win over the Rockies

FINAL SCORE:  Red Sox 7, Rockies 4

IN BRIEF: Xander Bogaerts hit two home runs, including his 30th of the season, and drove in three to give him 100 RBI, leading the Red Sox to a 7-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies and a two-game sweep at Coors Field as they picked up a game on Tampa Bay and Oakland in the wild-card race. BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 72-62

HIGHLIGHTS

3rd inning:
Devers triples to right, Martinez hits a two-run homer to left on a 2-1 pitch from Lambert (2-0, BOS).

4th inning:
Desmond walks moves to second on Daza's single to center, Wolters grounds into fielder's choice, moving Daza to third, Hampson safe on a bunt single to third, scoring Daza (2-1, BOS).

5th inning:
Devers singles to right, Bogaerts hits a two-run homer to right (4-1, BOS).

Martinez singles to center (Howard replaces Lambert on the mound), Moreland walks (Tinoco replaces Howard on the mound), Vázquez singled to right, scoring Martinez (5-1, BOS).

Arenado singles to center, moves to third on Desmond's double to left, Daza hits an infield single to third, scoring Arenado (5-2, BOS).

Wolters singles to right, scoring Desmond (5-3, BOS).

7th inning:
(Estevez now pitching for the Rockies) Bogaerts homers to right on a 1-1 pitch (6-3, BOS).

(Walden now pitching for Red Sox) Arenado doubles to left. moves to third on Desmond's groundout, McMahon grounds out to second, scoring Arenado (6-4, BOS).

9th inning:
(Parsons now pitching for the Rockies) Devers homers to right on a 1-2 pitch (7-4, BOS).


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Jackie Bradley Jr. on his historic 478-foot Coors Field blast: 'Best part was seeing my teammates' reactions'

Jackie Bradley Jr. on his historic 478-foot Coors Field blast: 'Best part was seeing my teammates' reactions'

"If only he could hit .250," has been the Red Sox fan's lament over Jackie Bradley Jr. as they've watched his incomparable defense in his seven major league seasons.

On Tuesday night, Bradley hit 478.

His mammoth home run, which traveled 478 feet into the third deck at Coors Field, was one of three homers that powered the Red Sox to a 10-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

The Bradley blast was the longest by a Red Sox player since Statcast began tracking homers in 2015. While the famous hitter-friendly, thin air of mile-high Coors in Denver may have given it a boost, the solo shot that gave the Sox a 2-0 lead in the second inning would've been a long drive in any ballpark.

"The best part was seeing my teammates reactions," Bradley told reporters after the game. "I knew I hit it well, but like everything else, you've got to have the trajectory to go along with it. If you hit a line drive, it's not going to look as good."

As he was talking, teammate Mitch Moreland interrupted, "Way longer than 478," he said. 

"I concur," said Bradley.

The home run was Bradley's fifth in his past 10 games and 17th of the season. His batting average, as low as .148 in the middle of May, is up to .222. Still, there's always that Gold Glove defense in center field. 

At the plate, his manager said Bradley remains a work in progress.

“There’s a few things he needs to do better, he knows it," Alex Cora told reporters. "Keep cutting down on the strikeouts and control the strike zone. When he makes contact, it’s loud and he gives himself a chance.”

Only six homers in all of the majors have traveled further than Bradley's this season. 

"I've always known I'm strong enough to do it, just got to make more contact, that's it," Bradley said. "Easier said than done."

That can also describe the Red Sox' long-shot quest for a playoff spot. They remain six out of the second AL wild card with 29 games to play, though they did gain a game on the Tampa Bay Rays, just one of the three teams they need to pass to get there.

 

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