Screencap from ESPN Red Sox Clubhouse
All the usual caveats: It's a long season, the last two teams we've played aren't exactly burning up the league, nor is the team that swept us just five short days ago. Our pitching's still held together with chewing gum, baling wire and luck. Our offense is a shadow of its former self the last few years.
A season high 17 hits tonight against the hapless Ivan Hernandez (half brother to Orlando). A double for Dougie. A homer for Coco. Craig Hansen hitting 98 on the gun. A win for Wake--only the second of his last seven starts. The Sox are undefeated since the return of Gabe Kapler.
More from ESPN:
The Red Sox, who have won 11 of their last 12 interleague games, finished with a season-high 17 hits. Alex Cora was 3-for-3 with three runs scored. He is 19-for-50 (.380) over his last 17 games.
From the Extra Bases blog:
Coco Crisp's home run over the Green Monster in left to open the bottom of the seventh was his first career home run at Fenway Park.
The Sox had scored six runs in Wakefield's eight losses this season. They equaled that total in the second inning, battering Nationals starter Livan Hernandez for six runs on six hits and knocking him out of the game after just 1 2/3 innings.
The six runs are the second-highest single-inning total for Boston this year. The Sox had a seven-run third inning in a 9-1 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on April 19.
The six hits in an inning are a season high for the Sox.
-- Hernandez's outing was his shortest of the season. Prior to tonight, the earliest he had been taken out of a game in 15 starts was after 5 1/3 innings. He threw 39 pitches in the second inning, before being lifted.
Mark Loretta's two-run single in the second snapped a 16-game RBI-less streak for the second baseman. His last RBI prior to knocking in two tonight came on May 31 against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Doug Mirabelli's second innning RBI Wall Ball double, which scored Trot Nixon with the first Red Sox run, snapped an 0 for 12 skid for the backup catcher. Prior to that, his last hit was a home run against the Yankees on June 5.
A winning record so far in June. Five straight wins. 7-1 in interleague play this year. The best fielding percentage in team history at this point in the season. Alex freakin' Gonzalez hitting .250 and .325 for the month of June. 2 games up in first place in the AL East.
And Jonathan Papelbon just appeared on my TV screen kissing his fingertips, flashing the two-finger sign, and saying, as whiteboy as whiteboy can be, "Peace."
All the usual caveats. But I just can't get this stinkin' grin off my face.