Boston Red Sox Review: Monthly summary for the 2018 season
By Jacob Anes
In another solid month, the Red Sox swept the Orioles and Angels. In a 10-game road trip from the 11th to 21st, the Red Sox went 6-4 despite losing 4 of 5 in the middle of it.
At the end of the month, the Red Sox and Yankees met once again in Yankee Stadium. After a disappointing series opener that they lost 8-1, the Red Sox bounced back, crushing the Yankees 11-0 in the second game after jumping on Sonny Gray early, courtesy of a Rafael Devers grand slam in the 1st. This was the final game of the month, with the Red Sox leading the division by 1 game heading into June.
This was also the month that Mookie Betts missed most of his time with his abdominal strain, so the Red Sox had to fill his void left in the lineup. They also acquired future World Series MVP Steve Pearce on June 29th.
Game of the month:
On June 2nd, the Red Sox were looking to make a statement. After losing two straight to open a 4 game series in Houston, the Red Sox needed a win. Down 3-2 in the 7th, the Red Sox roared back. First, Christian Vazquez homered to tie it up, then Jackie Bradley Jr. walked, then Andrew Benintendi homered, giving the Red Sox a 5-3 lead. The Red Sox were able to limit the Astros offense the rest of the way, winning 5-4. This game gave them much needed momentum for the series finale which they won 9-3 and left Houston with a series split. Following this series, they had a much less difficult opponent in the Tigers.