Red Sox fans finally got to see the type of power they were told about when Yoenis Cespedes came over from Oakland in a deal for Jon Lester.
The outfielder slugged his first home run in a Boston uniform on Sunday. And it came at a pretty nice time, too. The home run broke a scoreless tie in Los Angeles to give the Red Sox their first series win in three weeks.
Cespedes sat back on an 0-1 pitch from Angels reliever Joe Smith in the eighth inning Sunday and sent a line shot over the left field wall. It was not a deep shot, but took very little time to leave the field of play and nearly bounced up and into the Los Angeles bullpen. The round-tripper broke a 0-0 tie and gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead. Boston would go on to win the game by a score of 3-1.
Back on track
The big fly was Cespedes' 18th of the year and first with Boston. The reigning back-to-back Home Run Derby champion took eight games in a Boston uniform to hit one over the fence (though last night was more than two full games).
Cespedes has now it a single, double, triple and home run in his short Sox career. He has also hit in all but one of the games he has played in for Boston. Though his batting average is the same .256 mark that he came over from Oakland with. He has just one multi-hit game and six with a single hit.
Mike Trout homer
Mike Trout provided LA's only run of the afternoon when he homered for a second straight game. Trout's 27th home run of the year brought his team to within two runs.
That came against the starter Ruby De La Rosa, who was eventually lifted in the eighth. De La Rosa pitched very well - limiting a powerful LA attack to just five hits, while striking out eight in seven innings.
Edward Mujica came on in relief and got three outs on just five pitches. Koji Uehara came on for the ninth to record the save. He allowed one man to reach base but struck out Josh Hamilton to strand the runner and end it for Boston. Uehara struck out two in the frame to get his 25th save of the season. The win gives the series victory to Boston, who now travel back toward home to take on the Reds in Cincinnati.