Red Sox Stat of the Day: August 2021

September 1st, 2021 is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Red Sox this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

Aug. 31: Rays 8, Red Sox 5 -- Red Sox part of rare night
One of the most bizarre things about Tuesday's loss for the Red Sox is that they only gave up five hits despite allowing eight runs. How infrequent is that? It is just the sixth time in franchise history the Sox have given up eight runs or more on five hits or fewer. It was the first time it happened since Sept. 26, 1999, in a game against the Orioles.

Aug. 30: Rays 6, Red Sox 1 -- Dalbec's dominant month
One of the underplayed stories for the Red Sox of late has been the improvement of rookie slugger Bobby Dalbec. The first baseman went deep on Monday for Boston's only run of the night. In August, Dalbec is slashing .345/.441/.810 with seven homers and 21 RBIs. He started the day leading the American League and ranking third in the Majors for the month in OPS.

Aug. 29: Indians 7, Red Sox 5 -- Devers' dingers make history
By belting two homers on Sunday, Rafael Devers now has nine multihomer games in his career. That surpasses Ted Williams for the third-best total for a player under 25. Only Hall of Famer Jim Rice (12 multihomer games before he turned 25) and Mookie Betts (10) have turned that trick more than Devers at such a young age. Devers turns 25 on Oct. 24, so he still has time to tie or pass both Betts and Rice.

Aug. 28: Red Sox 5, Indians 3 (10 innings) -- Nate has quietly been great
Nathan Eovaldi continues to be a quiet force for the Red Sox. Eovaldi walked none and struck out seven on Saturday, allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings. In his last four starts, Eovaldi has a 1.85 ERA. The Red Sox have won three of those four games, with Eovaldi taking a tough-luck, 2-0 loss at Yankee Stadium in the only defeat. Eovaldi has held opponents to a .698 OPS this season.

Aug. 27: Red Sox 4, Indians 3 -- Richards finds footing in 'pen
Garrett Richards struggled mightily in his final six weeks as a starter for the Red Sox, but he has found new life since his move to the bullpen. The lanky righty pitched a shutdown eighth inning after the Red Sox pulled ahead in the top of the frame on Friday in Cleveland, needing just nine pitches to retire the three batters he faced, two on strikeouts. In five outings since he was taken out of the rotation, Richards has allowed one run on three hits in 10 innings, walking three and striking out 12. Opposing hitters have a .189 average against him in that span. With Boston's bullpen having its share of struggles lately, Richards could get more high-leverage opportunities in the coming weeks.

Aug. 26: Red Sox 12, Twins 2 -- Devers joins elite company
Rafael Devers crushed a two-run shot in a five-run inning for the Sox in their finale vs. the Twins on Thursday night. The blast marked Devers' 30th homer of the season, making him the 16th player with multiple 30-homer seasons for Boston. Devers, who turns 25 on Oct. 24, is just the second to do so before the age of 25. The first? Ted Williams, who had three such seasons (1939, '41 and '42). Devers' first 30-homer season came in 2019, when he hit 32 at just 22 years old.

Aug. 25: Twins 9, Red Sox 6 (10 innings) -- Schwarber on fire
Though Wednesday night's dramatic equalizer by Kyle Schwarber in the bottom of the ninth was his first homer for the Red Sox, it was the continuation of a tear he's been on since joining the team. In his first nine games for Boston, Schwarber is hitting .379 with a 1.100 OPS. He is 11-for-29 with five runs, three doubles and eight walks in a Sox uniform.

Aug. 24: Red Sox 11, Twins 9 --Taylor gets rare one-pitch win
Though the Red Sox never trailed again after Hunter Renfroe belted a three-run homer in the fourth inning, starter Tanner Houck got the hook after 4 2/3 innings, leaving the decision of who got credited with the win up to the official scorer. On a night most of the bullpen struggled, it wasn't an easy decision. Lefty Josh Taylor was credited with the victory despite making just one pitch -- the one that retired Luis Arraez to end the fifth inning. In the pitch-count era, which started in 1988, this marked the fifth time a Boston pitcher has gotten a win with one pitch. The last time it happened was when another lefty reliever (Tommy Layne) turned the trick by getting a double play on Sept. 9, 2015, against the Blue Jays. The other pitchers who did it? Javy Lopez (2008), Alan Embree (2003) and Tony Fossas (1992).

Aug. 23: Red Sox 8, Rangers 4 (11 innings) -- An extra-special slam
Shaw's walk-off slam was just the third the Red Sox have had in extra innings since 1984. The last one was delivered by Xander Bogaerts in the 10th inning against Toronto on July 14, 2018. Before that, you have to go all the way back to Hall of Famer Jim Rice, who mashed a game-ending slam in the 10th against the A's on July 4, 1984.

Aug. 21: Rangers 10, Red Sox 1 -- Errors mount
The Red Sox made five errors on Saturday, the first time they've done so since Aug. 25, 2017, in a 16-3 loss to the Orioles. The errors on Saturday were made by Kiké Hernández, Xander Bogaerts, Hansel Robles, Rafael Devers and Hunter Renfroe. In that 2017 game, Devers and Bogaerts made errors, along with Rick Porcello, Sandy León and Andrew Benintendi.

Aug. 20: Red Sox 6, Rangers 0 --  Nearly sure with 4
The Red Sox improved to a MLB-best 62-11 when they score four or more runs.

Aug. 18: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2 -- Scoring output continues to trend low
What happened to the Red Sox team that was so good offensively prior to the All-Star break? Since the Midsummer Classic, Boston has scored three or fewer runs in 15 of 32 games, finishing 1-14 in those games.

Aug. 17: Yankees 5, Red Sox 3 (Game 1); Yankees 2, Red Sox 0 (Game 2) -- On-base streak carries over
Kyle Schwarber has been the on-base machine the Red Sox envisioned when they traded for him. With a single in Game 1 and a walk and a single in Game 2 on Tuesday, the lefty slugger has reached safely in his first four games for the Sox. He has also reached base in a career-high 17 straight games dating back to June 19. Schwarber, who hit 25 homers for the Nationals before injuring his right hamstring, is still looking for his first homer with Boston.

Aug. 15: Red Sox 6, Orioles 2 -- Bats are smoking
Remember when the Red Sox were slumping offensively? That got fixed when they returned to Fenway. In their last five games, the Sox have scored 51 runs, for a plus-30 run differential. The last time the Sox scored 51-plus runs in any five-game span was May 9-13, 2016, when a David Ortiz-led lineup scored 57 times. In the last seven games, the Sox are hitting .329 with 12 homers and a .991 OPS.

Aug 14: Red Sox 16, Orioles 2 -- Kiké leading the charge
Perhaps not enough is being made of how Kiké Hernández has flourished in the leadoff spot over the last seven weeks. Hernández had another big game, scoring a career-high four runs while adding two hits and a walk. In his last 41 games, the veteran has a line of .294/.409/.575 with 23 extra-base hits. He already has career highs this season in doubles (28) and extra-base hits (46).

Aug. 13: Red Sox 8, Orioles 1 -- Renfroe heating up
Hunter Renfroe's bat is starting to heat up again. The right fielder belted his 20th homer and jump-started a four-run rally in the second with a hard single to left. In his last 12 games, Renfroe has five homers, 12 RBIs and 10 runs. He already has tied his career high for RBIs in a season with 68.

Aug. 12: Rays 8, Red Sox 1 -- Rotation on the rise
While the Red Sox are five games out of first place in the American League East and are suddenly hanging on by a thread in the AL Wild Card standings, their starting pitching is trending in the right direction. In the past six games, Sox starters have a 2.81 ERA with 29 strikeouts and only six walks in 32 innings. With Chris Sale set to make his first start in two years on Saturday and Tanner Houck, the club's No. 6 prospect per MLB Pipeline, expected to stay in the rotation for good, the Red Sox are hoping to put less of a burden on their bullpen.

Aug. 11: Red Sox 20, Rays 8 -- A rare triple-double
When the Red Sox opened the bottom of the first inning with doubles from Kiké Hernández, Hunter Renfroe and Xander Bogaerts, it marked the first time in the expansion era (since 1961) that Boston opened a game with three straight two-baggers. All three players had big nights, as Hernández went 3-for-5 and scored three times while Renfroe did the same and also had four RBIs. Bogaerts finished 2-for-4 and with four RBIs and had Boston's only homer of the night.

Aug. 10: Rays 8, Red Sox 4 -- Rotation settling in
Though it's hard to find a silver lining these days for the reeling Red Sox, the rotation has shown signs of improvement. In the last four games, Boston starters have allowed six runs in 20 1/3 innings. If the Red Sox can keep that up, they stand a chance of emerging from their current slide, which includes 10 losses in the last 12 games.

Aug. 8: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 8 -- Devers hits 500 before 25
At 24 years and 288 days old, when Rafael Devers took the field at Rogers Centre on Sunday, he became the 12th Red Sox player to appear in 500 games before turning 25. Devers has spent five seasons with Boston since he debuted in 2017, and he has posted a .280 career batting average.

Aug. 7: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0 (G1); Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1 (G2) -- No game too short for Verdugo to get three hits
Alex Verdugo laced a pair of singles and a home run in the second game of the seven-inning doubleheader, notching his eighth three-hit outing of the year, tying his season high once again. The outfielder's career high for hits in a game is four, which he collected twice in 2019 while with the Dodgers.

Aug. 6: Blue Jays 12, Red Sox 4 -- Bogaerts in rare air
It's been quite a career for shortstop Xander Bogaerts in the Red Sox uniform. When Bogaerts took the field at Rogers Centre, it marked his 1,005th career game at shortstop, ranking him second for most games at shortstop in Red Sox history, passing Rick Burleson. Bogaerts now trails Everett Scott, who's first with 1,093 games at short.

Aug. 5: Tigers 8, Red Sox 1 -- Verdugo heating up at the plate
For a while there, it seemed like Alex Verdugo's batted balls were aimed directly at opposing defenders. The left fielder has stuck with it though, and was rewarded in the series finale by finishing 2-for-4 with a double and a sac fly. The performance marked Verdugo's second consecutive multihit game, the first time that's happened since July 9-10 against the Phillies. He's slashed .300/.333/.460 in 54 plate appearances since July 22, with five doubles and a home run.

Aug. 4: Red Sox 4, Tigers 1 -- Going, going, gone! (x2)
Enrique Hernández came through in the clutch by smashing a two-run, 426-foot homer with two outs in the fifth inning to give Boston a 3-0 lead. Rookie Jarren Duran came to the plate next and crushed his second career round-tripper to provide an insurance run. It marked the seventh time this season that the Red Sox have slugged back-to-back home runs and the first time since July 21, a welcome sign for the scuffling Boston offense.

Aug. 3: Tigers 4, Red Sox 2 -- J.D. heating up
J.D. Martinez finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk, making it the three-time Silver Slugger's first multi-hit game since July 21, when he had two hits against Toronto. Martinez entered the series opener with just two hits in his past 25 at-bats (six games) after hitting .302 with 20 home runs and 64 RBIs through his first 92 games.

Aug. 1: Rays 3, Red Sox 2 -- Renthrow does it again
Not only did Hunter Renfroe take the best swing of the night for the Red Sox when he smashed a Statcast-projected 427-foot homer to center, he also made the best throw of the night. In the bottom of the eighth, Nelson Cruz tried stretching a single into a double. That worked out as well as it has for many others this season. Renfroe fired a bullet to second to easily notch his MLB-leading 13th assist of the season. That also tied a career high for Renfroe, matching his total from 2019 with the Padres.