STATE OF THE SOX: Boston today continues a stretch of 23 games in 23 days (1-0 so far)…Monday marked the Sox’ lone off day in a span of 44 days from 7/19-8/31.
· Boston leads Detroit by 1.0 game for the AL’s 2nd Wild Card spot and is 1.5 games behind Baltimore and Toronto in the AL East…The Sox are 7-11 in their last 18 games, but they have won 6 of their last 11.
HAVE WE BENINTRODUCED?: Andrew Benintendi went 3-for-3 in his Fenway Park debut last night…According to Elias, only 1 other Red Sox rookie in the last 60 seasons (1957-2016) had at least 3 hits in his first game at Fenway Park (Brady Anderson, 3-for-5 vs. DET on 4/4/88).
· Benintendi also had 3 hits Sunday at LAD…He joins Jody Reed (1987) as the only Red Sox in the last 100 years to record 3+ hits multiple times within their first 6 major league games.
PITCHING IN: The Red Sox rank 4th in the AL and 6th in MLB with a 3.34 ERA since 7/9 (26 G, 85 ER/229.1 IP)…In that time, Boston leads MLB with 165.2 IP by starters.
· Boston has allowed 3 runs or fewer in 9 of its last 12 games (beginning 7/28), posting the AL’s lowest ERA in that span (2.76)…Only the Cubs (1.76) and Nationals (2.51) have a lower ERA since 7/28.
NO PRESSURE: Matt Barnes earned the 1st save of his professional career last night, striking out Mark Teixeira after entering the game with 2 outs and the bases loaded in the 9th inning…Opponents are 2-for-32 (2 singles) against Barnes this season with 2 outs and RISP, marking the lowest opponent SLG (.063) and lowest opponent AVG (tied, .063) in the majors (min. 30 BF).
· According to Elias, Barnes became the 4th Red Sox since 1969, when saves became an official statistic, to notch his 1st ML save against the Yankees…The others to do so were Bill Lee (1970), Paul Quantrill (1992), and Hideki Okajima (2007).