When the Boston Red Sox woke up on Sunday morning, it was raining in Anaheim. Since the Los Angeles Angels took up residence in the land of Disney in 1966, only 10 games have been rained out. The Red Sox were hoping that number 11 wouldn’t happen on their watch.
Fortunately, the skies cleared, and former Angel John Lackey pitched brilliantly once again against his former team, holding the Angels to just six hits in a scoreless eight-inning stint, leading the Red Sox to a 7-0 victory and their first four-game sweep in Anaheim since June 1980.
Since the Angels swept the Red Sox in the 2009 AL Divisional playoffs, the Sox have owned the Angels, winning 13 of 14 games since the start of the 2010 season.
More importantly, the Sox are in a groove in which their starting rotation has gone at least five innings while giving up no more than three earned runs in nine consecutive games, the longest such streak since 1946. Sox starters have a 0.88 ERA during the stretch.
Lackey, for his part, wasn’t about to let the streak end with him.
“Sure, there’s definitely a sense of not wanting to be the guy to stop the streak,” Lackey told the Associated Press. “It’s a pretty good run, but it’s not unexpected. We’ve got some guys here with some pretty good track records.”
For sure, the track records are good, however this is certainly an unprecedented stretch.
The Sox will look to keep that stretch going when they visit the Baltimore Orioles for a three-game series starting Tuesday night.
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