BOSTON — The Purple Sox headed out west at the start of the month, coming off a tough sequence loss at dwelling towards the last-place Orioles and a two-game cut up at Fenway towards the lowly Reds. A lot of the positivity that had preceded these two sequence had waned when the Sox arrived in Oakland final Friday evening.
All the pieces that is occurred since that cross-country flight, nonetheless, has sprung the Purple Sox to their greatest place of the season.
After sweeping the A’s, the Purple Sox took three of 4 from the Angeles earlier than successful their weekend sequence in Seattle, going 8-2 on the journey to get their report to 32-29 on the season.
In doing so, the Purple Sox solidified their spot within the playoff image, in possession of the third and ultimate wild-card spot, with the opposite two wild playing cards at present belonging to fellow AL East groups in Toronto and Tampa Bay.
The Purple Sox gained these video games in quite a lot of methods, however what stands out are the the 4 shutouts posted by Boston pitching on the journey.
The Sox gained 8-0 in a Nick Pivetta begin in Oakland, earlier than successful 1-0 in Anaheim behind an entire sport shutout from Michael Wacha. A quintet of Purple Sox pitchers posted a shutout two nights later, when the Purple Sox once more gained 1-0. And the highway journey ended with six pitchers combining for a shutout on Sunday in Seattle, with Rafael Devers’ two-run dwelling run within the eighth inning offering the one runs of the sport.
Whereas the Purple Sox had been anticipated to win loads of video games this 12 months behind their potent offense, a run of 4 shutouts in 9 video games wasn’t precisely within the minds of many — or any — prognosticators. But right here the Purple Sox are, homeowners of the perfect report (18-7) in baseball since Might 18, utterly altering the outlook for his or her whole season briefly order.
Up subsequent, the Purple Sox will look to maintain up their domination of the A’s, who come to Fenway at 21-41, the worst report within the American League.