Christian Vazquez hits first career grand slam, 20th home run of 2019

Christian Vazquez hits first career grand slam, 20th home run of 2019

Christian Vazquez's career year at the plate continued Sunday, hitting his first career grand slam against the Phillies. 

It was also the 20th home run of the year for the fifth-year catcher, blowing away his former career-high in home runs (five in 2017).

Vazquez holds career highs in virtually every offensive category, which has earned him the regular starting job behind the plate as opposed to sharing time with Sandy Leon. 

His resurgence has also helped the Red Sox maintain an elite level of production offensively from last year's dominant World Series run.  Unfortunately subpar pitching will keep the team from returning to the playoffs, but if Vazquez can build off this season there's no reason to believe this lineup can't continue into 2020.

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Highlights from the Red Sox' 6-3 win over the Phillies

Highlights from the Red Sox' 6-3 win over the Phillies

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 6, Phillies 3

IN BRIEF: Christian Vazquez launched two home runs, one of them being a grand slam, to carry the Red Sox over the Phillies Sunday and secure the series sweep. 

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 78-70

HIGHLIGHTS

1st inning

J.D. Martinez hit a SAC fly, Benintendi scored (1-0 BOS)

2nd inning

Rhys Hoskins hit a solo homer to left (1-1)

3rd inning

Christian Vazquez hit a grand slam to left, Benintendi, Bogaerts and Martinez scored (5-1 BOS)

5th inning

Cesar Hernandez singled to right, Kingery scored (5-2 BOS)

6th inning

Vazquez hit his second home run of the day to left (6-2 BOS)

Jean Segura singled to center, Hoskins scored (6-3 BOS)

UP NEXT:
@Phillies, Sunday, 1:05 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Wednesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Tuesday, 1:05 p.m., NESN

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Highlights from the Red Sox' 2-1 win over the Phillies

Highlights from the Red Sox' 2-1 win over the Phillies

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 2, Phillies 1

IN BRIEF: Neither the Red Sox or Phillies could produce with runners in scoring position Saturday night, but a pinch-hitting Andrew Benintendi was able to drive in the winning run for Boston in this one. 

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 77-70

HIGHLIGHTS

7th inning

Christian Vazquez doubled to left, Devers scored (1-0 BOS)

Maikel Franco walked, Harper scored (1-1)

9th inning

Andrew Benintendi hit a SAC fly to left, Owings scored (2-1 BOS)

UP NEXT:
@Phillies, Sunday, 1:05 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Wednesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Tuesday, 1:05 p.m., NESN

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