BOSTON -- It was more of the same Wednesday night at Fenway Park, where the Boston Red Sox continued to hammer the ball around their historic home en route to a 10-3 rout of the Colorado Rockies. It was Boston’s fourth win in a row and the 13th in their past 15 at home.
The celebration for this one might be a bit muted, however, as the Sox were forced to replace second baseman Dustin Pedroia and catcher Ryan Hanigan in the middle innings. They will hold their breath on Pedroia, who was removed for a pinch runner in the fifth inning due to tightness in his right hamstring. Hanigan’s departure was due to an illness. And there was a third scare when shortstop Xander Bogaerts suffered a cut on his right hand while putting a tag on a runner in the eighth inning and was pinch-hit for in the bottom half, although the score was 9-3 at the time.
Provided those three are OK, attention can turn once again to Jackie Bradley Jr.'s hitting streak, now at 29 games after his first-pitch single in the fourth inning. He is tied with Johnny Damon (2005) for the fourth-longest streak in team history and is five behind Dom DiMaggio’s franchise record.
Bradley broke a tie with Wade Boggs, who hit in 28 straight in 1985 and fittingly was in the house as part of the celebration for the 1986 American League championship team. Boggs will have his number retired Thursday, when Bradley goes for 30 in a row.
Starter Steven Wright did his part with seven innings of three-run ball (two earned) and made a fine defensive play in the seventh inning when he knocked down a comebacker, scooped it up behind the mound, and spun to get the runner by a hair. Wright’s play was one of a handful of defensive gems, including Bradley’s assist on a Green Monster carom to get a runner at second and Shaw’s running grab of a foul pop.
Most Red Sox games in this home-heavy portion of the schedule have looked very much like this one. Bradley hits. Bogaerts hits. A few sparkling defensive plays. And the pitching is usually good enough (or the opponents rarely are). The only difference is that this time they need to nurse some wounds.