Red Sox Make History Against Marlins in Season Sweep
Boston, MA - For a while in yesterday's game between the Boston Red Sox and the Miami Marlins, it seemed like manager Alex Cora was going to need to go back to the drawing board with his swooning team that still has the best record in baseball, but has been more of a concern as of late. Instead, there was a historic explosion of offense in the seventh inning. And while there are still some questions that need to be answered, it seems like Boston might have finally broke out of its offensive slump.
Boston and Miami were going back and forth for the majority of the game as home runs from Eduardo Nunez and Mookie Betts and an RBI from J.D. Martinez were quickly negated by scoring plays off the bats of Miami's Derek Dietrich, J.T. Realmuto, and Starlin Castro to give Miami a 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the seventh.
Then, the floodgates opened at Fenway Park. Eduardo Nunez singled to get the ball rolling that eventually resulted in an eleven run seventh inning, in which Boston's offense was so next level that pinch hitter Blake Swihart had three RBIs off of a single and a double in the inning. Jackie Bradley Jr. contributed two hits good for two RBIs. Following this, Betts lined a double, Brock Holt socked a triple, and Xander Bogaerts, Ian Kinsler, and Nunez all singled. The only one who did not get in on the fun was Andrew Benintendi, who netted all three outs in the inning, one of which was on a sacrifice bunt.
With this eleven run inning, the Red Sox became the first team in MLB history to get a hit in twelve consecutive at bats in a single inning, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
While Boston ultimately won 14-6, the game was not all smiles. David Price was removed from the game early after taking a line drive straight on his forearm. Fortunately, X-rays were negative, but it is still to be determined if Price will miss time. And the Red Sox definitely can't afford to have Price and Chris Sale simultaneously on the disabled list.