A home coming for Romy Gonzalez as Red Sox sweep Marlins

Romy Gonzalez Red Sox

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Miami, Florida – Romy Gonzalez visited Miami for the Fourth of July at loanDepot park, this time as a member of the Boston Red Sox. The homegrown athlete was part of a series sweep over the Marlins that saw big crowds totaling approximately 55,500 with the largest showing in the extra-inning finale. With 20,539 in attendance, fans witnessed Jesús Sánchez nearly hit for the cycle short of a single. The Red Sox jumped to an early lead thanks to Rafael Devers who also helped make it 2-0 in the sixth. Devers scored both runs by grounding out.

The fish rallied to tie it in the eighth sending it to extras. Boston put up deuces in the eleventh with the Marlins matching thanks to a two-run blast from Sánchez. The Red Sox scored again in the twelfth making it 6-4. Miami’s rally came up short losing by a run. Romy appeared in two games of the series starting in one. The 27-year-old went 1-for-3 on Wednesday, and 0-for-2 on Thursday appearing as a pinch-hitter. Similar to Logan Allen, Romy Gonzalez is an athlete who left a mark on his respective college program during his eventual rise to the big show.

The Chicago White Sox drafted Romy in the 18th round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Debuting on September 3rd, 2021 Gonzalez didn’t get much playing time. In 2022 he had 105 at-bats, the most he recorded over the three-year tenure hitting a .238 batting average. In July 2023 right shoulder inflammation landed him on the 60-Day IL. He was eventually placed on waivers claimed by his current team.

Representing the U

As a sophomore in 2017, Gonzalez started all 58 games hitting .265 leading the team in slugging percentage (.462). Romy hit a home run in his first at-bat of the season. Notching 11 dingers and 38 RBIs, he had the second most steals (13), runs (37), hits (50), and doubles (9). Romy was an incredibly versatile player starting at every position within the infield sans pitcher and catcher.

He remained a major contributor on offense during his junior year. This was the first season I covered the Miami Hurricanes. Gonzalez started 52 games hitting .272 including eight two-baggers, a pair of triples, and four round-trippers. He led the team with 30 RBIs. In addition, Romy was first in steals swiping 22. 14 of those contests were multi-hit games complemented by six multi-RBI games.

A little bit of everything

After three seasons at Coral Gables, Romy slashed .254/.332/.407  for a total of 16 home runs, 78 RBIs, and 35 steals. Not only did he have some pop, but the former Cane was also clutch. When UM hosted the Virginia Cavaliers, Gonzalez hit a triple in the eighth as part of a four-run inning helping to sweep a ranked ACC rival. If you’re looking for defense, David Yanni popped out into shallow left thanks to an awesome catch by Romy Gonzalez, who quickly threw to second for the double play ending the inning to preserve the lead against Pitt later that year.

Romy was the lone bright spot for Miami when they faced Florida International in late April, going 4-for-4 with three doubles and a home run, collecting two RBIs along the way. FIU swept the season series in a rare show of dominance.

He faced off against the Miami Marlins once before. On June 11, 2023, Gonzalez and former teammate Jake Burger hit back-to-back run-scoring doubles in the sixth with Romy’s knocking in two giving Chicago the 3-1 lead. It was his only hit of the game. The Fish rallied late beating the White Sox at home 6-5. You always love to see homegrown talent make it to the bigs and Romy Gonzalez is part of an illustrious line of pro Hurricanes. I wish him the best going forward.

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