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Red Sox Pirates Sweep

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Introduction

The Red Sox faced a unique challenge when they took on the Pirates in a three-game series. With several key players unavailable, manager Alex Cora had to get creative with his lineup. Against all odds, the Red Sox managed to sweep the Pirates, showcasing their resilience and adaptability.


The Unconventional Lineup

Manager Alex Cora’s decision to field a “different” lineup raised eyebrows, but it ultimately paid off. Here’s how the makeshift lineup looked:


Starting Pitcher: Reliever Josh Winckowski got the nod to start, marking his first start since last August.


Offense: Despite missing some regular position players, the Red Sox found ways to generate runs.

  • Wilyer Abreu: The standout performer, Abreu had three hits and drove in two crucial runs.

  • Reese McGuire: Pinch-hitting for the designated hitter spot, McGuire delivered a key two-run single down the left field line.

  • Rob Refsnyder: Doubled to contribute to the offensive surge.


Pitching Staff: The Red Sox cobbled together nine innings from five different pitchers.

  • Cam Booser, Greg Weissert, Justin Slaten, and Chase Anderson combined for 5 ⅔ innings of scoreless relief.

  • Slaten’s impressive performance lowered his ERA to an impressive 0.66.


Game Highlights

  • Third Inning: Abreu’s RBI single off Martín Pérez gave the Red Sox the lead.

  • Fifth Inning: McGuire’s clutch hit extended the lead, and the Red Sox never looked back.

  • Eighth Inning: Duran’s smart baserunning added an insurance run.


Abreu’s Hot Streak

Wilyer Abreu’s outstanding series performance was a highlight. He reached base 11 times in 15 plate appearances over the three-game series, hitting homers, doubles, and singles. His OPS soared from .559 to .830, proving his value to the team.


Next Stop: Cleveland

After the Pirates series, the Red Sox head to Cleveland for a three-game series against the Guardians. Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday, 6:10 p.m. ET: RHP Tanner Houck vs. RHP Ben Lively.

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