With roster changes approaching, the Red Sox overcame the distractions and quickly geared up for a day with a win against the Brewers.

“I’m not blind. I know what’s going on, being there. But just put it aside,” said Martinez. “As far as I know I’m here. I wouldn’t think of anything other than that. I want to make it difficult [chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom to make a trade] as much as I can. If we keep winning I think we can do it.

He added, “Everyone feels like you’re fighting for things in your lifestyle, struggling to keep the band together.” “I think this is… frankly. But it is what it is.”

The fighting spirit did not prove a hindrance on Sunday. Sox trailed, 2-0, when former teammate Hunter Renfrew blasted Homer by two rounds at second-place rookie Josh Winkowski.

But Winckowski (4-5, 5.00 ERA after allowing two 7-stroke runs with one walk and one strike) worked around traffic for the rest of his five innings, and the Sox crowded behind him in the middle turns.

With two fifth-place wins, the team has four straight doubles. Xander Bogarts tied the match by hitting twice to the left. Martinez – who was mired in a 0-for-25 slump dating before the All-Star break, a struggle with lost time amplified with back discomfort – followed by a RBI double to the right that put the Sox ahead, 3-2.

“It’s just a matter of time,” Sox manager Alex Cora said of Martinez’s swing.

Vazquez similarly doubled to the opposite court to score Martinez, then Vazquez scored in Alex Verdugo’s double against director Hobby Milner. It was the first time in at least 15 years that the Sox had as many as four doubles in a stroke.

The Sox added twice in the sixth round on a Jackie Bradley Jr. double. RBI and Jaylin Davis’s RBI single. Sharp action by the Bulls – two goalless runs from Garrett Whitlock, who put zeros despite being smoked in the right thigh by the returner (Whitlock said, pointing to hits that relegated to the injured list in June), and a goalless turn from each From Austin Davis and John Schreiber – The Sox gave their most comfortable win since the All-Star break.

Cristian Vasquez celebrates twice Sunday in the fifth inning of the RBI at Fenway.Matthew J. Lee / Globe Stuff

We’re still here. We control what we can control. We’re here fighting together. We’re a family and we’ll keep going until we see what happens in those two days,” Vasquez said. “We’re still here in uniform and I hope we can stay here.”

Vazquez, Martinez and the other Sox players expressed a belief that the Sox could defend if the team remained intact. Vazquez was asked if he thought Bloom believed in the team.

He said, “I don’t know.” “But I know in this club, in these walls, we believe in each other and know we can do it together.”

Several major league sources indicated on Sunday that nothing had changed in recent days regarding the team’s position that it had no plans to trade with Bogaerts or Rafael Devers. But sources suggest the team is very open to transferring the free agent to Martinez (with one team believing the Sox will transfer Martinez for little to no potential return to offload his salary) and potentially open to transferring Vazquez and Nate Iovaldi, both of whom would potentially have the talent. More than Martinez.

It is unclear if Sunday’s win will affect the team’s trading accounts. But it did help Sox avoid some of the “worst of all” forms of shame.

At 8-19 instead of 7-20 in July, the Sox avoided matching their worst month of any season this century. (The Sox went 7-20 on the collapse of their internal organization in September 2011.)

Meanwhile, Winckowski netted his first win in Sox rotation in July – allowing the team to ditch the distinction by joining the 2022 Pirates and 1996 Tigers as the only teams ever to run a winless rotation for an entire calendar month. The Sox starters finished July with a record 1-13 and 7.09 ERA.

However, the Sox finished July without a single win in a single series, the first time they had suffered such a fate in a month with no fewer than 10 games since September 2011. Moreover, the team won 77 points in the month , which is his worst performance. differential since June 1932.

“Bad baseball, bottom line,” Cora said of his team’s performance.

July’s performance – the product of a massive number of injuries and dirty play by those who were otherwise healthy – left the team with a 51-52 record, not only last in the AL East but behind six teams in the race for three wilds. card patches. A 3½ game gap separates the Sox from Tampa Bay in the last qualifying berths.

Thus, a crossroads approached as the August 2 trade deadline approached. The team is waiting to see if it will continue to push into the feud or be stripped of its parts.

“They know,” Cora said. “One thing is for sure, nothing has changed in terms of preparation and the match in the right way. Sometimes it doesn’t look great, but we are very proud of the group and how we stayed on the track. It was a tough month, a very tough month… [But] We ended the month on a positive note.”

Will it be the last note for Martinez, Vasquez and other props? The answer is getting close.


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