Adrian’s Big Month
Even with one hit in his final 12 at-bats, Adrian Gonzalez put together one of the best June offensive displays in Boston Red Sox history. Gonzalez finished the month with an American League leading .404 batting average to go with six home runs and 25 RBI.
That .404 BA is the fourth highest in June by a Red Sox hitter over the past 50 years. In 1987, Wade Boggs hit .485 in June, which overtook Ted Williams’ .460 in 1948 as the highest by a Red Sox hitter in June since World War II.
For a while, it seemed as though Gonzalez might challenge that mark. By the middle of the Pirates series last weekend, Gonzalez’s average stood at .451. However, he managed just one hit in three games against the Philadelphia Phillies.
In addition to that batting average, Gonzalez was a run producer all month. He hit .387 with runners in scoring position, and drove in 25 runs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he was the first Red Sox player to bat .400 with 25 RBI in any calendar month since Manny Ramirez (.408 and 31) in April 2001.
In June, he’s the first Boston player to do it since Mike Greenwell (.404 and 31) in 1988. Before that you have to dig all the way back to Frank Malzone (.414 and 36) in 1957.
The Staff’s Stingy June
The pitching staff combined for a 3.58 ERA, the second lowest by a Red Sox staff in June over the past 20 years. However, even more notable is how stingy they were in allowing hits.
Opponents hit just .216 against the Red Sox in June, easily the lowest against a Boston staff in the past 60 years. The previous low was .231 over ten games in June 1981.
In fact, it was the third lowest opponent batting average in June for any team over the past 30 seasons.
So who were the key contributors keeping opponents off the bases? Opposing hitters were just 4-for-41 (.098) against Daniel Bard in June, while Josh Beckett’s .149 Opp BA was the lowest among all major-league starters. Yes, even Cliff Lee.
Quick Hits From June
-- Dustin Pedroia hit .340 with a .457 on-base percentage last month, raising his batting average from .240 to .272.
-- Meanwhile, Red Sox catchers combined to hit .307 with four home runs and 14 RBI.
-- Daniel Bard didn’t allow an earned run in 13 innings pitched. Since World War II, only one other Red Sox pitcher had a 0.00 ERA in 10+ innings in June: Ron Mahay in 1998.