MLB.com tracks a stat of the day for the Red Sox this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget of each game.
10 June: Red Sox 12, Astros 8 – Laser show in the outfield
Although Alex Verdugo went 0 out of 5 when he returned after two missed matches due to back pain, he made his presence felt with his arm. At the top of the third, he fielded carom from the green monster and fired a 95 mph bullet at second base to easily nail Jose Altuve. The pitch came one night after Hunter Renfroe threw a 98mph pitch to take down Alex Bregman in the second-most difficult outfield assist in MLB this season. The Red Sox have 18 assists on the outfield this season to lead the MLB. Verdugo has four.
June 9: Astros 8, Red Sox 3 – What collapse?
Remember when Xander Bogaerts had a 0-to-24 slump just last week, which was his longest straight stretch since 2014? The veteran Boston leader went from cold to hot quickly. Bogaerts extended his streak to seven games, making a giant solo shot on the Green Monster. Bogaerts is 11 out of 27 with seven RBI in this run.
June 8: Astros 7, Red Sox 1 – Boston bullpen stuck inside
While there haven’t been many positive developments for the Red Sox in Tuesday’s defeat to the Astros, the Boston bullpen continues to sizzle in June. After starter Martín Pérez only lasted two innings, the bullpen went to seven frames allowing only one run. In the first eight games in June, the bullpen has an ERA of 1.59, giving up five points earned in 28 1/3 innings.
June 7: Red Sox 5, Marlins 3 – Sawamura Affairs
Remember when setup man Hirokazu Sawamura looked a bit inconsistent as he tried to acclimate to the culture of living in the US and pitching into the Major Leagues for the first time? Those days are gone. Aside from Adam Ottavino, Sawamura appears to become the setup man with the highest leverage of manager Alex Cora. Sawamura has conceded one point earned in his last nine appearances, covering 9 2/3 innings. For the season, he blocked 10 of the 12 runners he inherited.
June 5: Red Sox 7, Yankees 3 – Renfroe stays hot
It seems that Hunter Renfroe’s heat in May was no accident. The winger continues to swing the bat well for the Red Sox. Going 2 for 4 at Yankee Stadium, Renfroe extended his winning streak to nine games and his winning streak to 14 games. During the streak, Renfroe scored .484 (15 of 31) with 10 points, six doubles, two homers and four RBIs.
June 4: Red Sox 5, Yankees 2 – Lucky 7 for Nate
Improving to 7-2 with a win in his 12th start of the season, Red Sox right-foot Nathan Eovaldi has one more win than his 32 appearances (21 as a starter) in the previous two years. It was the third consecutive victory for Eovaldi, the second time this season in which he has won three consecutive starts, and the fourth time in his career. The longest winning streak of Eovaldi’s career was when he claimed victory in five consecutive games from May 7-29, 2016, when he was with the Yankees.
June 3: Red Sox 5, Astros 1 – Pérez continues to own Astros
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Martín Pérez made such a dominant effort against the Astros. It was a trend. In 13 games against Houston, Pérez is 8-4 with an ERA of 2.46. This is the lowest ERA of any team against which Pérez has made at least 10 starts. Going 7 2/3 innings, Pérez had his longest start since scoring eight against – you guessed it – the Astros on May 1, 2019.
June 2: Astros 2, Red Sox 1 – Bogaerts continues to collapse
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts has been hit-free in his last six games and hasn’t had a hit in his last 21 at-bats. How rare is it? The only other time Bogaerts has played many consecutive games without success was when he scored seven times in a row as part of a 0-for-27 rut in his 2014 rookie season. Bogaerts also had another 0. -for-21 rut from August. 13-20 of that ’14 season, and this is the first time he has missed so many bars without a beat since then.
June 1: Astros 5, Red Sox 1 – Starters who go the distance
The Red Sox are starting to throw well almost every time during the rotation. Garrett Richards conceded two runs out of six innings on Tuesday and became Boston’s 30th pitcher in his last 33 games to go to at least five innings. Overall, the Boston starters have won five innings or more in 45 of the team’s 55 games, which ranks third in the Majors behind A’s and Dodgers. The Sox also continue to keep the ball in the park. Richards extended a streak that saw the Sox concede a homer or less in 36 consecutive games. It is the longest such streak for the Sox since a streak of 39 games from June 4 to July 20 of the 2010 season.