It took over a month, but the Boston Red Sox reached the .500 mark for the first time since April 4th. It might have been the ninth try after being 0-for-8 in contests to get back to .500, but with the win Wednesday night the team earned its first sweep of the 2014 season. Sure, it came against the Cincinnati Reds, but a sweep is a sweep.
Will Middlebrooks gave his team the 4-3 lead on a bases-loaded RBI single in the bottom of the eighth after the Reds intentionally walked Jackie Bradley Jr. to keep the double play in order. The young third baseman ripped a 3-2 pitch up the middle. Koji Uehara struck out the side in the ninth to secure the .500 record before the off day on Thursday.
Through 34 contests, the Red Sox are tied for third place in the division with the Toronto Blue Jays and are a mere 1.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees for the AL East lead. Sure, it is early on in the season and a lot can change, but the pitching has been nearly impeccable for the Red Sox from top to bottom since Opening Day.
The Red Sox have a lot to prove with runners in scoring position and need to start cashing in before it’s too late. The team currently ranks 12th with a .224 average with runners in scoring position, which has them tied with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels; the worst team is the Houston Astros at .207. If the Red Sox can keep piling on the runners, then eventually the team will surpass the .500 mark and be a team that is at the top of the American League in all offensive categories.