In the first game of ten on their west coast road trip, the Red Sox were victorious against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, winning 6-2, thanks to a Josh Hamilton error in the seventh inning that scored Shane Victorino.
With the game tied 2-2 in the seventh inning, Angels Outfielder Josh Hamilton dropped a routine looking fly ball to give the Red Sox a lead they wouldn’t give up. Still by up by one run in the eighth, Big Papi, pinch hitting for Brandon Snyder, delivered with a two-run homerun giving the Sox a 5-2 lead.
The win was the Red Sox sixth in a row, and they’ve now won nine of the last ten. The win also puts the team 20 games over .500 for the first time since September 2011.
Another key factor for the Red Sox was starting pitcher Felix Doubront, who gave up just 2 runs in 6 2/3 innings while striking out four Angel’s batters. At this point it’s pretty clear to see that Doubront has turned a corner on his rough April and May, and has proven to be a reliable fifth pitcher in the rotation. Since June 1st, Doubront has an ERA of 2.73, which is much better than April and May when he had an ERA over 5.00.
The way Doubront has been pitching will for sure make the Red Sox question what their trade needs are at the deadline. If Doubront is this reliable, and with Clay Buchholz ready to start rehabbing, another starter might just make the clubhouse unnecessarily crowded.
The Red Sox team as a whole is seeing the ball very well, as it was the second consecutive game in which every starter had at least one hit in the ballgame. Ellsbury went 1 for 5 extending his hitting streak to 15 games. In the top of ninth, the only Red Sox hitter without a hit to that point, Mike Napoli, joined the party in a big way by hitting a homerun against his former team.
Before the game was underway in Anaheim, the Baltimore Orioles lost to the New York Yankees, and they now trail the Red Sox by 5 games in the AL East. The Red Sox don’t show any signs of slowing down, and they continue their 10 game west coast road trip at 10:05 tonight, and then wrap up the series tomorrow before heading to Seattle.
The majority of this road trip is 10pm games, so if you have a regular job, or you like sleep, enjoy watching the highlights or the Sox in 2 the following day.