All smiles. Big Papi greets Gonzo at home plate after his opposite field blast. (AP Photo)
The Red Sox came home to Fenway Park last night after a nine game road trip that saw them go 8-1, while gaining control of the AL East. They also came home to a ravenous fan-base that's been worked up in a fervor due to the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup. The Red Sox didn't disappoint the Faithful last night, as they went on to handily defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-4.
During their torrid run the Red Sox have had some amazing pitching (not including Lackey of course) - but it's been their offense that has really carried them, as they've developed into the mashers we all believed they would be at the start of the season. The Sox now lead the Major's in runs scored with 367, and they have the second largest run differential, at +76.
Looking back at their last ten games they've gone 9-1 and have averaged an amazing 7.7 runs per game. During this recent stretch they've scored at least 10 runs four different times which is truly incredible. The only thing that could slow the Sox down is injuries, and I've gotten some nasty flashbacks to the 2010 Zombie Sox, as four starters have left games in the last two days. We're entering the Dog Days, and you just hope that the Sox can keep it rolling, much like the parade that happening downtown right now.