Stop me if you have heard this before – The Red Sox swept another team and are on a hot streak. Heard it before? Good, because it gets even better. The sweep of Kansas City allowed Boston to get to 51 wins on the season. They are the first team in the American League to accomplish the feat heading into July. The only other teams in Major League baseball with 50 or more wins are the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants.
The Red Sox have won six straight games as they head to the west coast to face the Oakland A’s and the Los Angeles Angels. Even at the 50 win mark, the Red Sox need to keep their heads above the water, because the Tampa Bay Rays are only three and a half games in back of them in the standings. Both teams are doing well in the East division as we open a new month of baseball. Theres still plenty of season left, but it’ll be fun to watch.
The First American League Team To Get To 51 wins
After a very long Wednesday night, the Red Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 6-2. Thanks to JD Martinez’s three run home run in the third, and Martin Perez’s pitching performance, the Red Sox earned the victory, and the 50th of the 2021 season. Following a rain delay, the game got off to a slow start. Salvador Perez hit a solo shot in the second inning to give the Royals the 1-0 lead.
However, after giving up a single to Marwin Gonzalez and walking Kike Hernandez, Mike Minor got a chance to face JD Martinez. With a 1-0 count and two outs in the inning, Martinez blasted his 16th home run of the season to center field. From there, the Red Sox would score three more times, while the Royals would get one more run in. Perez went 5.1 innings to get his 6th win of the season, and the bullpen held down the game to finished it off.
Thursday afternoon’s finale against Kansas City was a slug fest for Boston. Nathan Eovaldi pitched a gem of a game, going seven shut out innings with six strikeouts to get his ninth win of the season. Matt Andriese came in to pitch the final two innings. Kike Hernandez’s first inning home run of of Kris Bubic sparked the Red Sox offense in the game. JD Martinez, Danny Santana and Rafael Devers all hit home runs as well. The final score of Thursday afternoon’s game was 15-1, and it allowed Boston to sweep the Royals. Now, the Red Sox head out west to face a very good Oakland team.
West Coast Road Trip For Boston
The 51-31 Red Sox will get a chance to increase their win total this upcoming series on the west coast. The Oakland A’s, who are 48-35, wrapped up a series against Texas on Thursday prior to welcoming Boston on Friday night. Oakland dropped two games to the Rangers, and look to do better against Boston this weekend. This series will be the second time the Red Sox will face former teammate and 2018 World Series Champion, Mitch Moreland in 2021. The fan favorite first baseman came back to Boston with Oakland back in May. The Red Sox went 1-2 in that series, but look to do better this time around.
Eduardo Rodriguez will look to earn his 7th win of the season when the series opens Friday night. He will be going up against Frankie Montas, who is 7-7 on the season. On Saturday night, Garrett Richards (4-5, 4.96 ERA) will be facing Cole Irvin (6-7, 3.64 ERA). Sunday’s finale will feature Nick Pivetta (6-3, 4.43 ERA) and rookie James Kaprielian (4-2, 3.06 ERA). Boston will then be heading to Angels Stadium for a three game series.
All Star Game Update
Phase two of voting for the 2021 All Star Game closed Thursday afternoon. Four Red Sox players – Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, JD Martinez, and Alex Verdugo were named to the second round of voting. On Thursday night, it was announced that both Devers and Bogaerts will be starters for the American League All Star Team in Colorado. The reserves will be named by Major League Baseball this weekend. For Devers, this will be his first All Star appearance. The third baseman is having one great season, batting .288 with 20 home runs and 69 RBI’s. This will be Bogaerts’ third All Star selection. He was in the mid-summer classic in 2016 and in 2019.
Joining Devers and Bogaerts in the infield will be Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Marcus Semien. Both players were selected for their first All Star appearances. The American League outfield will feature Mike Trout (Angels), Aaron Judge (Yankees) and Teoscar Hernandez (Blue Jays). This will be Trout’s 7th All Star appearance, Judge’s third and Hernandez’s first. Catching for the AL will be six time All Star, Salvador Perez from the Royals. The DH will be the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (First time All Star).
On the National League side, Buster Posey (Giants) will be making his 5th All Star game as catcher. The Braves first baseman, Freddie Freeman will be making his third appearance. Pittsburgh’s Adam Frazier will be making his first appearance as the NL’s second baseman. Nolan Arenado will be returning to Denver for his 4th All Star Game. Fernando Tatis Jr (Padres), who led the NL in votes, will be making his first All Star Game. The NL outfield will heva Ronald Acuna Jr (Braves), Nick Castellanos (Reds) and Jesse Winker (Reds). Both Castellanos and Winker will be making their first appearance, while this is Acuna Jr’s second.