Ahhh, 1 thing is now crystal clear, the Cleveland Indians are for real. I have said over and over, that the Sox would not only catch the Indians, but pass them on there way to winning the AL Central. I guess the Indians didn’t want to roll over, and go away.
Phil Humber is lucky to be alive. That shot he took off his forehead in the 2nd inning was one of the scariest things i have seen on a baseball field. Kosuke Fukudome hit the ball, and that was a lucky break for Humber. If it was Travis Hafner, the outcome may have been a lot worse. I read that Humber of OK, which is the best news of the night. Humber’s had many setbacks since his career began 5 years ago, hasn’t the guy suffered enough. Geez…
The Sox bullpen tried to hold the Indians down. Zack Stewart was summoned for the 2nd straight day, and didn’t fare as well, giving up 2 runs. Will Ohman did the same. That was the first runs Ohman has given up in his last 5 appearances. I wonder if Chris Sale was available? I thought he would have been a better option to turn to after Humber left. Stewart has been a starter most of his career, so he doesn’t have much experience pitching in back to back games, and Sale has only pitched twice in the past 9 days.
Gordon Beckham is having his troubles of late. At the beginning of the month he was hitting .252, but a 10-52 slump has dropped it 14 points, to .238. How bad has it been for Beckham? With the bases loaded, and 2 out in the 8th, he struck out.
Adam Dunn, on the other hand, looks to have found his stroke. Dunn went 4-11 in the 3 games, but he did come in batting over .300 against the Indians this season.
Tyler Flowers is capitalizing on his increased playing time, going 5-12, with 2 RBI, and 3 walks in his last 3 games.
And what else can you say about Paul Konerko. The Captain just continues to hit the ball. He went 6-13 (.461) with a home run, and 2 RBI. His 28th big fly gave the Sox a short lived 1-0 lead in the 3rd inning.
Next up for the Sox is the scorching Texas Rangers. The Rangers have won 6 of their last 7, and 11 of 17. Coming off a 3 game sweep of Oakland, and winning 3-4 from the LAA, the Sox are gonna have their hands full.
With the Tigers idle, the Sox only lost a half game. They trail the Tigers by 4 games, but time is of the essence, and the Sox being 27-35 at home doesn’t help. One thing in the Sox favor. Cleveland and Detroit battle it out over the weekend in the Motor City.