Rafael Devers scores first major league run
Rafael Devers, the rookie phenom third baseman who was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket Monday, made his major league debut in Tuesday night’s 6-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners in 13 innings.
It had been hoped that Devers, who at 20 years and 274 days of age was the youngest Red Sox player to appear in a game since Jeff Suppan (20 years, 265 days) in 1995, would provide some much-needed punch at the plate for the listless Sox, who suffered their fourth straight loss.
Devers, after all, entered the game having hit .311 (100-for-322) with 20 home runs and a .955 OPS in 86 games between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket.
However, in his first major league plate appearance, in the third inning vs. Felix Hernandez, Devers hit a soft flare to center field for the second out of the frame.
In his second at-bat, Devers drew a leadoff walk in the sixth from Hernandez, who threw four consecutive balls after inducing the Sox rookie to foul off the first pitch.
He went to second after Andrew Benintendi walked, then took third on a wild pitch to Dustin Pedroia and scored his first major league run on Pedroia’s two-run double that tied the game, 3-3, with one out.
Batting ninth, Devers wound up going 0 for 4 with a pair of walks, one run scored and one strikeout (on three pitches) with two aboard in the 11th.