Sox bats approach historic levels

Sox bats approach historic levels
September 7, 2013, 6:30 pm
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NEW YORK -- The Red Sox' offense barage over the last four games doesn't quite qualify as historic -- but it's close.   

In beating the New York Yankees for the third straight game, 13-9, the Red Sox belted out four more homers. That brought their total runs scored over the last four games to 54 and the homers in that span to 17.    

Not since 1950 have the Sox scored more runs in a stretch of four games (65). And not since 1977, when they hit 18 homers in four games, have the Red Sox bashed these many homers.    

Boston had 14 hits, with every starter collecting one and all but two contributring at least one extra-base hit.    

"It's fun,'' said Mike Napoli, who hit two of the four homers to give him three in the last two games. "When we're scoring runs like this and taking pressure off our pitchers, it's nice. Sometimes it's like, 'What's going on?' because what we're doing right now is pretty crazy, but we're enjoying it.''    

Jonny Gomes, who swatted a three-run homer in the third, can't recall a team being this hot offensively.    

"I can't imagine this happens very often,'' said Gomes. (I've been on teams that) won a bunch of a games in a row, that's for sure. But the way we're doing it...We''re doing it in bulk.''    

The Sox have scored nine or more runs in each of the last four games. After being held scoreless in the first inning, the Red Sox scored multiple runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings and walked over a depleted New York bullpen.    

Manager John Farrell introduced the word "relentless'' to his team in the spring, and now, the offense has taken it to heart. Every inning features baserunners; most innings, it seems, result in multiple runs being scored.    

On Saturday, starter David Huff retired the Red Sox in order in the first. It would be the only inning for the rest of the day in which the Sox didn't have at least one baserunner.    

"We're on a pretty good run right now,' said Farrell.    

Napoli kickstarted the offense with a solo homer in the second, making it nine straight plate appearances in which he had reached base. In the third, a three-run belt from Gomes upped the lead some more.    

Rookie Xander Bogaerts hit the longest homer of the day, estimated at nearly 450 feet, over the visitor's bullpen, for his first homer in the big leagues.    

It was telling that the Sox got plenty of production from the bottom four spots in the order, which Saturday consisted of: a third baseman who lost his job and spent two months in the minors (Will Middlebrooks); a rookie center field called up overnight (Jackie Bradley Jr); the team's No. 3 catcher (Ryan Lavarnway); a rookie with less than 10 games played in the major leagues (Bogaerts).    

Depth is a valuable weapon.    

"Clearly,'' agreed Farrell. "Jackie came up and got a walk, base hit, scored a couple of runs. Over the last four games, to be able to hit the ball out with the frequency we have, that's not common. But it's been spread around pretty good.''    

In the ninth, it came back to Napoli, who hit his second homer of the day. Of his 21 homers this season, Napoli has hit six against the Yankees. Over his last 12 games, Napoli has 12 homers and an astonishing 1.409 OPS.     

"He's doing a heck of a job,'' said teammate Jonny Gomes of Napoli. "Obviously, there have been peaks and valleys throughout the whole year. That guy's a real good hitter. He's got it rolling in September, when he need it.''     

A week into September, Napoli is on the kind of roll he enjoyed in April, when he carried the team for the first three weeks while David Ortiz rehabbed his heel injury.     

"Pretty similar,'' agreed Napoli. "I feel like I can drive the ball a little more than I did in April. It's a good feeling.''     

And it's being felt up and down the lineup.