Boston, MA - On June 28, the Boston Red Sox finished off their series sweep of the Anaheim Angels in a 4-2 game. This win also brought the Red Sox to a season sweep against the Angels, a .500 team who many consider to boast the best player in baseball, Mike Trout. (This claim is likely true, but Boston has a slew of players who have given Trout a run for his money at various points during the season, including Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez.)
Brian Johnson got the starting nod for Boston and he lasted four innings, yielding a solo home run to Andrelton Simmons before being supplanted by Hector Velazquez. Rafael Devers answered back in the bottom of the fifth inning with a home run of his own, his thirteenth of the season.
In the next inning, Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria walked Brock Holt to bring in Martinez from third base, giving the Red Sox the lead. A two-run home run from Jackie Bradley Jr. came off Noe Ramirez in the seventh inning, giving the Red Sox enough of a cushion to bury the Halos. Albert Pujols would drive in Trout just half an inning later, but it wasn't enough as Craig Kimbrel shut the door, notching his twenty-fourth save of the season.
The win was enough to propel the Red Sox into first place in the American League East with a 55-27 record, which is good for a one game lead over the New York Yankees. The Red Sox will travel to the Bronx for a three game set with their arch rivals in a battle for a midseason division lead. Boston and New York are also jockeying for the best record, not just in the AL, but also in the MLB, with the Houston Astros in the mix, as well.
Boston will trot out Eduardo Rodriguez, Chris Sale, and David Price (who may be the best in their rotation, as of late) against New York's C.C. Sabathia, Sonny Gray, and, in the marquee matchup of the series, Luis Severino. All eyes will be on this must watch series.