BACK-TO-BACK BLANKINGS: The Red Sox have pitched back-to-back team shutouts, blanking the Orioles yesterday, 8-0, after winning Friday, 7-0…This marks Boston’s first consecutive shutouts since 4/23-24/11 at LAA (5-0, 7-0)…The club had not posted shutouts in consecutive games, both at home, since 7/18-19/06 vs. KC (1-0, 1-0).
· According to Elias, this is the first time Boston has posted consecutive shutout victories by margins of at least 7 runs since putting up 7-0 and 10-0 wins on 4/18-19/2000 at DET…The only other time the club won 2 straight games in this manner, both at home, was 6/23/74 (8-0 vs. CLE) and 6/24/74 (9-0 vs. MIL).
· Red Sox pitchers have not allowed a run in their last 20.0 innings dating back to the 8th inning Thursday…The club’s last last went 3 straight games without allowing a run from 4/25-29/2004.
HOW MANY PITCHERS DOES IT TAKE…? Seven different Red Sox pitchers combined on yesterday’s shutout, with first-time starter Craig Breslow (4.0 IP) leading the way…Boston needed just 1 pitcher on Friday night, when Rich Hill tossed his first shutout in 9 years since 9/16/06 with CHC.
· Yesterday marked the first time in the last 100 years the Red Sox used at least 7 pitchers in a shutout victory at Fenway Park…It marked the 2nd time this season the Sox accomplished the feat regardless of ballpark, also 9/13/15 at TB (7 pitchers in 13 innings).
HOME FINALE: Tonight’s game is the last of Boston’s 81 home games in 2015…Tomorrow they begin a season-ending 7-game road trip through NYY (4 G) and CLE (3 G).
· With 17 wins in their last 28 home games, the Sox are 42-38 at Fenway, securing a winning record on Yawkey Way…Boston already has 8 more home wins than it did in 2014 (34-47).
· The Sox have an AL-best .291 home AVG and rank 2nd in the AL with 5.4 runs per game at home (TOR, 5.6).
· Xander Bogaerts leads the majors with 107 hits at home, and his .345 home AVG ranks 3rd in the AL.