Red Sox-Braves highlights: JBJ has amazing catch, HR in potential Sox finale originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
If Sunday was Jackie Bradley Jr.'s last game in a Red Sox uniform, he went out with a bang.
Not only did JBJ come with another spectacular catch to add to his highlight reel, robbing Ozzie Albies of extra bases in the third inning, he also launched a go-ahead home run in his next at-bat as the Sox closed out a forgettable 2020 campaign with a win in Atlanta, 9-1.
After winning just 12 of their first 39 games of the season, the Red Sox went 12-7 down the stretch to finish with a 24-36 record, their fourth last-place AL East finish over the last nine seasons. Boston's .400 win percentage is the franchise's worst since 1965.
Though Rob Manfred hasn't officially announced that the 2021 MLB Draft order will be based on teams' 2020 records, the strong closing stretch to the season dropped the Sox from what was once the worst record in baseball to the fourth-worst mark.
Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez also hit home runs in the victory, while Nick Pivetta had another strong outing on the mound -- his second since joining the Boston rotation after arriving in the Brandon Workman trade. Pivetta allowed one run and struck out five over his five innings of work.
FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 9, Braves 1
Red Sox Record: 24-36
Rafael Devers opens the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning
Marcell Ozuna takes the NL home run lead with his 18th of the season
Jackie Bradley, Jr. adds to his collection of Web Gems
Catch Probability:*— Red Sox (@RedSox) September 27, 2020
Anyone Not Named JBJ: Not high
*Source: Anyone who's seen Jackie play pic.twitter.com/AfywfdETg9
JBJ doing damage at the plate, not just in the field
Jackie, just taking care of business. pic.twitter.com/wRLcOYuwTy— Red Sox (@RedSox) September 27, 2020
Xander Bogaerts adds a solo shot in the 5th
How to finish it off with the 10-game hit streak: pic.twitter.com/sCAbOE2iZN— Red Sox (@RedSox) September 27, 2020
J.D. Martinez caps a forgettable season with a 2-run HR in the 7th
Jonathan Arauz accounts for Boston's final run of the season with his first big-league HR
First big league homer for Arauz!— Red Sox (@RedSox) September 27, 2020
That's kind of a big deal. Congrats! pic.twitter.com/HakVKM2wJu
Friday, Feb. 26, 2021: vs. Northeastern at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.