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Indians rally with the long ball to beat Sox

Indians rally with the long ball to beat Sox

                   BOSTON NOTES (88-38)


BOSTON lost their 2nd straight game in the series opener with CLE, dropping to 88-38 on the season.

·       Have lost consecutive games for the first time since 7/24 at BAL & 7/26 vs. MIN….Had not lost on consecutive days since 6/19-20 at MIN.

·       Have lost just 3 of their last 10 games, 4 of their last 17, 5 of their last 22, and 9 of their last 41…Since 5/19, are 58-23 (.716).

·       Their 88 wins are their most ever through 126 team games (previous: 87 in 1912).

·       Have lost just 3 of their last 13 at home and 5 of their last 25…Their .721 home winning percentage (44-17) is still the best in the majors.

·       Fell to 12-2 in their last 14 series openers, snapping a 6-game winning streak in such games…Are 28-13 in series openers this season.

·       Stranded the tying run on 2nd base and the winning run on 1st…Fell to 19-11 in 1-run games and 60-10 when they score first.

·       Tallied 13 hits, including at least 1 from each of the 9 spots in the lineup.

·       Recorded 10 of their hits and scored all of their runs with 2 outs…Lead the AL with a .262 AVG with 2 outs this season (370-for-1,413).


XANDER BOGAERTS (2-for-5, 3 RBI) gave the Red Sox a lead with a 2-out, 2-run single in the 1st inning…Added another RBI in the 9th.

·       Ranks 2nd on the team with 77 RBI in just 104 games…Has driven in a run every 5.13 AB (395 AB/77 RBI), a career-best rate.

·       Has hit in 11 of his last 12 games vs. CLE, hitting .354 (17-for-48) with 7 R, 4 2B, 3B, and 8 RBI…Is a career .327 hitter (195-for-596) vs. the AL Central.

·       In 77 PA this season with multiple runners on base, has hit .383 (23-for-60) with 16 XBH (6 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR) and a .467 OBP.

·       Has 5 RBI in his last 4 games and 12 in his last 11…Drove in his 13th go-ahead RBI of the season.

·       Has reached base in 13 of his last 16 PA with RISP (5-for-8, 8 BB)…Leads the majors with a .783 SLG with RISP (.349/37-for-106).

·       His last 5 RBI PA have come with 2 outs (9 RBI).


JACKIE BRADLEY JR. (2-for-4, R, 2B) hit a 2-out double in the 2nd inning and scored the Red Sox’ 3rd run…Was his 200th career XBH.

·       Has recorded multiple hits in 5 of his last 9 games, going 12-for-32 (.375) with 8 R, 3 2B, 3B, 2 HR, and 5 RBI.

·       In his last 24 home games, has hit .325 (26-for-80) with a .365 OBP, .588 SLG, .952 OPS, 10 2B, 3B, 3 HR, and 17 RBI.

·       Is 43-for-152 (.283) with 30 R, 13 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, and 31 RBI over his last 44 games…Has a .533 SLG and an .882 OPS in that time.

·       Scored his 59th run of the season, passing last year’s total…Represents his 2nd-highest single-season total (94 in 2016).


J.D. MARTINEZ (2-for-5, R, 2B) doubled off Corey Kluber in his first AB…Was his 34th 2B of the season, 1 shy of a career high (35 in 2016).

·       Recorded multiple hits for the 49th time this season, tying Francisco Lindor for the ML lead…Leads the AL with 151 hits.

·       Was his ML-leading 73rd XBH, also 1 shy of a career high (74 in 2017)…The only other Red Sox in the last 100 years with as many XBH through 126 team games were Jimmie Foxx (1938-39), Ted Williams (1949), and David Ortiz (2004).

·       Became the first ML hitter to reach 300 total bases this season (301)…The only other Red Sox in the last 100 years to reach 300+ TB in 126 team games or fewer are Jimmie Foxx (1938-39), Ted Williams (1949), and Jim Rice (1977-79).

·       The last AL hitters to reach 300 total bases in 126 team games or fewer were Chris Davis and Miguel Cabrera in 2013.

·       Leads the majors in SLG this season (.662), since 2017 (.675), and since 2015 (.599).

·       Played his 119th game of the season, matching last year’s total…Passed his 2017 total bases figure (298).

·       Has hit safely in his last 12 games vs. CLE (.422/.480/.733, 5 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI)…Leads actives with a .616 career SLG vs. CLE (min. 200 AB).


ANDREW BENINTENDI (1-for-4, RBI, BB) singled in a run in the 2nd inning…Has hit safely in his last 5 games (.300/6-for-20).

·         In his last 34 games, is 46-for-133 (.346) with 29 R, 13 2B, 3B, 2 HR, and 18 RBI.

·       His .3498 career AVG with RISP (92-for-263) is the highest since at least 1974 (min. 200 AB), edging Tony Gwynn (.3496).


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