In their longest roadtrip until the beginning of July, the Boston Red Sox proved once again why they are one of the best teams away from Fenway Park this season. During the nine game trip, the Red Sox went 6-3 while winning two of out three series including taking two of three in Tampa Bay and a weekend sweep of the Minnesota Twins.
This past series with Chicago White Sox didn’t go as smooth but Boston ended the three game series with an impressive 6-2 win. Clay Buchholz pitched a solid seven innings allowing just one run and striking out four batters to improve to 7-0 on the season.
The highlight of the roadtrip came when Boston swept the Twins in a weekend series for the first time since June 12-14, 1976. One trend that was the present in the weekend sweep was the starting pitching in two of the three games. Buchholz and John Lackey each pitched at least six innings each allowing two runs or less. Whenever the Red Sox have gotten solid starting pitching, it has always translated well into good results especially in the Twins series.
Both Will Middlebrooks and David Ortiz thrived offensively on the trip. Middlebrooks hit two home runs and knocked in eight runs, while Ortiz hit two home runs and drove in 14 runs including six last Saturday in Minnesota.
With this successful road trip complete, the Red Sox will return home to begin a six game home stand with four against the Cleveland Indians and two against the Philadelphia Phillies at Fenway Park. Former Red Sox manager and current Indians manager Terry Francona will return to Boston for first time as a non-Red Sox manager since July 15-17, 1999. During that series, Tito’s Phillies took two of three from Boston.
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