Will Middlebrooks must have missed this whole major league thing.
Middlebrooks has raked since being recalled from Pawtucket on Aug. 10, proving that his prolonged big league slump earlier this season could indeed be just a footnote in a very successful career. The hot streak comes at a good time for the Red Sox, and it might ultimately force manager John Farrell to make an important lineup adjustment.
Middlebrooks on Wednesday drilled his second home run since rejoining the Red Sox as Boston coasted to a 12-1 win in San Francisco. His two-run blast, which was his 11th homer of the season, opened the scoring and put the wheels in motion on a very productive afternoon for the Red Sox’ offense.
The Red Sox are a pedestrian 5-6 since Middlebrooks’ recall, but the 24-year-old has certainly done his part. Middlebrooks has reached in all 11 games since returning — collecting a hit in all but one. He’s hitting .441 (15-for-34) with two homers, five RBIs and three doubles, and he’s looking ...