Box Score Bank: Mo goes deep

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Box Score Bank: Mo goes deep

The Sox are off until tomorrow, when they'll resume action with a big three game series against the Yankees. Well, I guess it's big. OK, it's the Yankees. Of course it's big. Unfortunately, it's just not as meaningful as we're used to.

To be honest, part of me wouldn't mind seeing the Sox get swept this weekend. It's really too bad that it's come to this, but if that's what it will take for ownership to finally wave the white flag on this season and make some moves that can make Boston better for the long term, then so be it.

Anyway, the point of this post is that the Sox are off today, which allows us a chance to step away from the madness, block ourselves from the stench and maybe even have some fun.

Wait, what's that? How about a Box Score Bank?

OK, sure. Glad you asked.

So, let's set our sights on 15 years ago today: July 26, 1997

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (starring Jeff Goldblum and Carl Everett) was No. 1 at the box office. I'll Be Missing You by Puff Daddy was in the midst of its 12-week run atop the Billboard charts. Bill Clinton was in the first year of his second term as president. Bobby Valentine was in his second year of his only term with the Mets.

And over at Fenway Park, Mo Vaughn was jacking a three-run homer against the Angels in dramatic walk off win:

Final Score: Red Sox 7, Angels 6

It wasn't a great start for Boston and starter Steve Avery, who gave up a two-run first inning double to former Sox legend Dave Hollins. Hollins would later score on a wild pitch.

RBI singles by Moneyball's Scott Hatteberg and Suffolk County Jail's Wil Cordero cut Anaheim's lead to 3-2 in the third but the Angels came back with three more in the fifth.

Seventh inning home runs by Mike Stanley and John Valentin cut Anaheim's lead to 6-4.

And that brings us to the money shot.

Bottom of the ninth inning, and flame-throwing Troy Percival is on the mound . . .

First batter: Single by 24-year-old Nomar Garciaparra (tear)

Second batter: Single by Valentin

Third batter: Vaughn blasts a 2-2 pitch to straight away center field for the dramatic win.

Said Vaughn after the game: "Lap dances are on me tonight, fellas. Everyone to the Foxy Lady!"

No, he didn't. But you could imagine. And you can imagine the excitement in Fenway Park as Vaughn made his way around bases. Sadly, you can also imagine the disappointment when Vaughn finally crossed home plate and everyone realized that the Sox were still in last place.

Hmm, last place.

Sound familiar?

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.