Stat of the Day: Fenway friendly again

July 27th, 2021

MLB.com 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.

July 26: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4 -- Fenway friendly again
Fenway Park was not kind to the Red Sox in 2019 or '20, as they went an aggregate 49-63 over those two seasons at home. This season has been an entirely different story. Fenway has been rocking because the Sox are starting to own the place again. Boston is 13-3 in its past 16 home games. Since Fenway went back to full capacity on May 29, the Sox are 17-7. Overall, they are 32-20 in front of the home crowd.

July 25: Red Sox 5, Yankees 4 -- Another day, another comeback
The Red Sox continue to make comeback wins look routine, though this game was far from it. This was Boston's MLB-leading 32nd comeback win of the season, meaning they've trailed at some point in over half of their 61 wins. In 11 of the comeback wins, the Sox have trailed after five innings. By coming back from a 4-0 deficit, it was the third time this season manager Alex Cora's team has come back from four runs down. However, this is the only game this season the Sox have been down by as many as four runs as late as the eighth inning and won.

July 24: Yankees 4, Red Sox 3 -- Less than four haunts Sox
One common theme to Red Sox losses this season is that they always seem to happen when they score early in the game, and then fail to add on. Boston scored one run in the first, second and third innings and not again for the rest of the day. The Sox are 7-32 when they score less than four runs this season and 53-7 when they score four or more.

July 23: Red Sox 6, Yankees 2 -- Devers hits 100th HR
After hitting a go-ahead shot in the fifth inning, Devers crushed his 100th career home run in the seventh to cushion Boston’s lead. In doing so, the 24-year-old became the 33rd player to hit 100 homers with the Red Sox, and just the third to record 100 homers before turning 25. The others? Ted Williams and Tony Conigliaro.

July 22: Red Sox 5, Yankees 4 (10) -- Houck collecting K’s
Right-hander Tanner Houck has 44 strikeouts through his first eight appearances with the Red Sox. That total is tied for the third best in club history, trailing only Daisuke Matsuzaka (52 in 2007) and Lynn McGlothen (49 in 1972). Eduardo Rodriguez and Roger Clemens also had 44.

July 21: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 4 -- Boston's barrage
The Blue Jays might have the most home runs in the Majors, but the Red Sox reminded everyone of their own power potential with 11 home runs in the two-game set vs. Toronto. With six homers in the opener and five more in the finale, Boston posted multiple games with at least five homers in the same series for the first time since June 17-19, 1977, vs. the Yankees. The Red Sox hit 16 homers in that series, connecting for five or more in all three games.

July 19: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 4: Offense tees off in first inning
Boston's offense has not been at its best lately, but everything was going right in an eight-run first inning. With six hits and two walks, the Red Sox scored eight times in the first frame for the first time since July 2, 2015, at Toronto. Additionally, Boston's three homers in the opening frame marked the first time it has done that on the road.

July 18: Yankees 9, Red Sox 1 -- Raffy's walk-a-thon
The one thing Rafael Devers always had trouble with before this season was plate discipline. He is starting to make some strides in that area and the dangerous third baseman had the first three-walk game of his career in Sunday's loss to the Yankees. For the season, Devers has 35 walks in 380 plate appearances. He should easily eclipse his career-high of 48 walks in 702 plate apearances in 2019. Devers has a .353 on-base percentage. Coming into the season, it was .332.

July 17: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1 -- J.D. loses streak
One down note of the game getting called after seven innings is that J.D. Martinez lost the chance for another at-bat in which he could have extended his on-base streak to 29 games, which was the longest streak of Martinez's career and the longest active streak in the Majors. It was a tough night for Martinez, who went 0-for-3 against Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, striking out in all three of his at-bats.

July 16: Red Sox 4, Yankees 0 -- One-sided rivalry
This is the first time the Red Sox have won seven straight games against the Yankees in one season since 2011. Dating back to last season, Boston has won the last eight rivalry matches. This is the third longest winning streak for the Red Sox in the history of the rivalry. The best was 17 straight from 1911-12. Boston also won nine in a row against the Yankees from 2008-09.

July 11: Phillies 5, Red Sox 4 -- Sox's outfield getting it done
With his second of two diving plays in the outfield, Kiké Hernández recorded Boston's 29th outfield assist of the year. The Red Sox lead the Majors in the category, with no team entering the day having as many as 20 and no team in the American League entering with more than 15. Hernández's first highlight-worthy play came in the fifth inning and had a 5 percent catch probability. His second, in the following inning, had just a 10 percent catch probability.

July 10: Phillies 11, Red Sox 2 -- Sawamura cruising
With lefty Josh Taylor's scoreless streak getting snapped at 26 consecutive outings, you can make the case that righty Hirokazu Sawamura is now the team's hottest reliever. Sawamura retired all four batters he faced in the loss on just 11 pitches. He hasn't allowed an earned run in 17 of his last 21 appearances since May 11, notching a 1.64 ERA in that span. Sawamura stranded two more inherited runners on Saturday and is 18-for-21 in that category for the season.

July 9: Red Sox 11, Phillies 5 -- Home, sweet home
One of the biggest reasons the Red Sox didn't make the playoffs the last two seasons was due to their inability to take care of business at Fenway Park. Things are a lot different this season, especially since the ballpark increased to full capacity. The Sox have won their last nine home games -- their longest winning streak at Fenway since notching a streak of the same length from July 5-24, 2011. Overall, the Sox are 28-17 at home and 27-17 on the road.

July 7: Angels 5, Red Sox 4 -- Pitchers display control
Though the Red Sox lost the rubber match to the Angels, their pitchers continued to display fine control, not issuing any walks. In nine of their last 10 games, Sox pitchers have walked three or fewer. Over that stretch, they have 86 strikeouts and 20 walks.

July 6: Angels 5, Red Sox 3 -- Bogaerts loses HR, streak
Thanks to Juan Lagares robbing Xander Bogaerts of a two-run homer on Tuesday, Boston's shortstop finally had his on-base streak end at 29 games. It was the longest streak of Bogaerts' career and it was tied with Detroit's Jeimer Candelario for the longest by anyone in MLB this season. However, Sox slugger J.D. Martinez extended his on-base streak to 24 games with an RBI single against Shohei Ohtani, giving Martinez the longest current on-base streak in MLB.

July 5: Red Sox 5, Angels 4 -- Taylor's scoreless outing run
Lefty Josh Taylor continues to get it done for the Red Sox, turning in his 26th consecutive scoreless outing on Monday to extend his MLB-best streak. Not only that, but Taylor is just one more scoreless appearance away from tying Koji Uehara's team record of 27 straight in the championship-winning season of 2013. The first of the four outs Taylor got was against the great Shohei Ohtani, who flied out to left to end the bottom of the seventh.

July 4: Red Sox 1, A's 0 -- Barnes' perfectly timed K
Closer Matt Barnes, who was named to his first All-Star Game roster earlier in the day, recorded his 500th career strikeout to lock down the Red Sox's 1-0 win on Sunday, coaxing a swing from Seth Brown to deny the A's an attempted comeback.

July 3: A's 7, Red Sox 6 -- Taylor nearing history
With a scoreless appearance in Boston's loss to the A's, left-hander Josh Taylor tied Daniel Bard for the second-most consecutive scoreless relief appearances in franchise history, with 25. His last earned run came on April 24.

July 2: Red Sox 3, A's 2 -- Hernández's perfect strike
Enrique Hernández's outfield assist to nail Seth Brown at the plate in the bottom of the 10th clocked in at 93 mph, the second-hardest ball he has thrown this season.

July 1: Red Sox 15, Royals 1 -- Devers in elite company
Rafael Devers continues to mash the baseball for the Red Sox, with this being the fifth five-RBI game of his career. The only other Red Sox players with as many as four five-RBI games prior to their 25th birthday are Jim Tabor (7), Mookie Betts (6), Ted Williams (5) and Bobby Doerr (4).