The Red Sox won three straight, but the critics will be quick to point out that Boston scored only five runs in three games, which was good enough to beat the hapless Twins.
Still, Boston is putting itself in position for a run. The Red Sox (34-38) begin a nine-game road trip in Oakland tonight, before venturing to Seattle and New York. All three opponents have winning records. After these nine games, Boston will be halfway through its season.
Boston is 6.5 games behind the Blue Jays in the AL East, and 4 games behind in the Wild Card standings.
We’ll see where the Red Sox stand after nine games.
Jake Peavy (1-4, 4.53) goes for Boston tonight against Oakland and Scott Kazmir (8-2, 2.05).
Pawtucket won two games Wednesday. Mookie Betts was a combined 4-for-10, giving him a .310 average.
Chris Hernandez (3.04) allowed one run over five innings in Pawtucket’s second game. Hernandez is getting starts while Brandon Workman and Rubby De La Rosa are with Boston. In his last four starts, Hernandez has a 1.46 ERA.
The Sea Dogs lost one and won one Wednesday in Erie. Deven Marrero (.279) was a combined 4-for-7 with his third home run … newly-promoted David Chester (.313) hit a grand slam … Luis Diaz made his Double-A debut: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K … Noe Ramirez (2.06) finished it off for Diaz: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K.
The Sea Dogs are off today and return to Hadlock Field Friday.