BOSTON — – The Red Sox offense was non-existent in the first half of the season. The inactivity of the Boston bats resulted in several disappointing nights, and lots of losing positions.
However, it appears that the Red Sox offense is now active, and is a force to be faced with. Boston got its sixth win in a row with a 16-3 win over White Sox White Sox in Chicago on Tuesday night, and the team smashing everything it saw.
The Red Sox racked up a season-high 19 hits, 9 extra-base hits as well as four homers and scored 16 runs in the win on Tuesday night. It was all they needed to score 16 runs in the first five innings. They then concluded with an eight-run fifth.
Enrique Hernandez got the party off by throwing a yard on the opening pitch in the contest. 7 batters later Trevor Story crushed another pitch to score a three-run blast which gave Boston an early lead of 4-0.
It was the seventh home run by Story in his seven previous games. He’s gotten past his slow start, and has 16 RBIs over the recent five games. Story has the most across the Red Sox roster with 33 RBIs in 37 games played with the team he joined.
Rafael Devers also clubbed his 10th homer on the team’s record for the year, a solo blast in the fourth. Christian Vazquez added a three-run blast in the fifth inning to finish off Boston’s scoring spree in Chicago.
Nine of the nine hitters in the Boston lineup scored an RBI, and Xander Bogaerts was the sole player without an RBI in the evening. (He also scored two runs to add some spice.) J.D. Martinez was 5-for-5 from the plate and increased the average of his game from an astonishing .349 and to an all-time high .366 at the end of the game. Martinez is leading this current flurry of success with the Boston offense and has hit .487 over the most recent 10 games.
The three-headed monster consisting of Bogaerts Devers and Martinez at the center of the Red Sox lineup is hitting .340 with 19 homers 40 doubles and an impressive 63 RBIs in the current season. That’s a nightmare fuel for opposing pitchers.
The feat of scoring 16 runs isn’t likely to occur every night However, this is the type of offensive which was expected from the Boston bats. It’s been a good run for the Red Sox have scored at five or more runs in every one of their six recent games they have also scored 95 run in the past 13 games. This is the same production of the opening 30 games in the regular season in which Boston played 10-19.
The Red Sox are 10-3 since the offense found its rhythm and are gradually getting back in the mix. Boston is currently 20-22 for the season, and is only 2.5 games away from an automatic wild Card position.