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Breakdown: One of the Best Weeks of the Red Sox Season

Sox Wrap up Fantastic Week with a Sweep, Move to 50 Games over .500.

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How do you follow up a week that you swept the 2nd best team in the league and your division rival New York Yankees in a 4 game series? Maybe go out and win 6 out of the next 7 games and move to 85-35, 50 games over .500 for the first time since 1946.

The Red Sox went out this week and took 2 out of 3 from the Toronto Blue Jays before completing another 4 game weekend sweep, this time against the Baltimore Orioles. This was an unbelievable week for the team, as they took care of business night after night on the road trip.

After an off day on Monday, the won a 10 inning thriller 10-7 on Tuesday, a game that featured late home runs by J.D. Martinez, Mitch Moreland, and Jackie Bradley Jr.. Craig Kimbrel blew the save but got the win in the game that Drew Pomeranz started.

The next night, Rafael Devers came off the DL and provided a spark with a double and a 2 run homer. Mitch Moreland added a 2 run double and Brian Johnson pitched 7 solid innings in the 10-5 win.

Even in their losses, the Red Sox make headlines. In their only loss of the week, Mookie Betts stole the show by hitting the MLB’s first cycle this season. He finished it by hitting a home run in the 9th inning of the 8-5 loss. Rick Porcello just did not have it that night, but the rare loss took a back seat to Mookie’s amazing individual achievement.

The team traveled to Baltimore on Friday to start a weekend 4 game set that included a double header on Saturday. The first game of the series was an all out slugfest. 19-12 was the final score in a game where the Red Sox pitching staff allowed 17 hits to the Orioles and still came out on top. Everybody in the Sox lineup was on base in the win and Xander Bogaerts, Brock Holt, and Andrew Benintendi all went deep. There were contributions 1 through 9 in one of the most bizzare games of the season for the Red Sox.

The team followed that up by sweeping the day night doubleheader on Saturday. David Price pitched 6 shutout innings in the first game and the Sox won 5-0. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit 2 solo home runs and Eduardo Nunez added a 2 run bomb in the win.

The second game was a little more interesting, as the Red Sox needed 7 pitchers to beat the Orioles 6-4. J.D. Martinez belted his league leading 36th and 37th home runs of the season to help the team come back from an early 2-0 deficit and win.

Finally, Boston completed the 4 game sweep on Sunday after a brilliant performance by Chris Sale coming off the DL. He missed 2 straight starts but looked like he never missed a beat in a 5 inning, 12 strikeout performance. I would have liked to see him come out for another inning, but I understand they want to ease him back into the rotation.

The bullpen was able to preserve Chris Sale’s 12th win of the season. Jackie Bradley and Mookie Betts picked up key late RBIs and Craig Kimbrel locked down his 35th save of the year in the 4-1 win.

This was as good of week as ever to be following Boston’s baseball team. The Red Sox are on a historic pace, one we have never seen from a Red Sox team before. They can play .500 baseball the rest of the way and win 106 games to break the franchise record. If they continue to play the way they’ve played all season long, they could be chasing the all time mark of 116 wins set by the 2001 Seattle Mariners. That would be an absolutely incredible feat.

This week the Sox travel to Philadelphia for a quick 2 game set against the Phillies to finish off the road trip. Then they come back to Fenway to start a 7 game homestand on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays. They are playing the Rays for the first time since May. There are 2 off days this week as well. How will the Red Sox follow up this phenomenal week? We will have to tune in to find out.

 

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