Johnny Vander Meer is safe. Phil Humber’s opportunity to match Vander Meer’s record of 2 straight no-hitters went by the wayside.
It didn’t take long either.
The perfect game was done after 1 hitter.
The no hitter was over two batters later.
The shutout went kaput after batter 4.
It was fun while it lasted. Humber was the toast of baseball after throwing a perfect game last Saturday against Seattle.
He was just toast to Boston, who smacked him around to the tune of 8 hits, and 9 earned runs in 5 innings of work.
Included in those 9 runs was a grand slam allowed to Kevin Youkilis and 2 home runs given up to Jarrod Salt……hia. Man, his name is long.
Being the Sox optimist, I thought the boys had a chance to come back against the Red Sox. I think it was due to the Yankees coming back from 9 down against the Sawx on that memorable Saturday last week.
Didn’t happen, but they did get a long jack from Dayan Viciedo. Not much else went right for the South Siders.
Hope the bottom three of the Sox lineup starts to pick things up. Viciedo is hitting .196, Brent Morel is hitting .167, and Gordon Beckham is at .170. If those three start to hit, the Sox will take off.
Back to Humber. Don’t think the Red Sox didn’t hear, and see, Humber being celebrated everywhere. Ball players like nothing more than to bring a guy back to earth. Humber is not one of those guys that gets full of himself, but Boston wanted to send a message to the guy. Message received.
Hard to believe that the top 3 teams in the Central are all just one game above .500. The Twins and Royals are getting closer at just 5 back.
Back to business tomorrow