If there was an award for most valuable coach, Pitching coach Don Cooper would win the award. The Sox gregarious P/C will miss the rest of the road trip as he recovers from a bout of diverticulitis. For those of you wondering Diverticulitis is a common digestive disease which involves the formation of pouches (diverticula) within the bowel wall. I am no Doctor, but wikipedia is a great reference.
Sitting in Coopers spot will be Bobby Thigpen. But to be honest with you, no one can replace Cooper who has the complete trust of every pitcher in that locker room. He’ll hopefully be able to rejoin the team when the Sox return home on the 19th.
More crappy news for the Sox. Gordon Beckham will be out for 4-6 weeks after undergoing wrist surgery. This comes at a time when it looked like he was finally starting to figure things out, hitting .316 while playing his usual Gold Glove defense. Depending on what corner you sit, this could be a big loss for the Sox. Won’t find a better guy that Beckham, hope he gets back sooner than later.
After that downer, what else is there to say. Sox couldn’t find a way to get out Adam LaRoche on Tuesday and had an even worse scouting report on Bryce Harper on Wednesday.
LaRoche came in to the series hitting triple zeros. He is now at .143 with 2 home runs. I thought everyone knew that Bryce Harper loves first pitch fastballs. He got one on Wednesday and smoked it.
Sox have played eight games and Alex Rios has an eight game hitting streak. The right fielder is hitting .419. In one stretch he hit a home run in four straight games.
Sox have led in both games 1-0 after 1 inning.
Nats make amazing adjustments the 2nd time through the batting order. Through two games in innings 4-6 the Nationals have scored 11 runs on 16 hits.
FYI: Through the first three innings the Nats have no runs on three hits.
I love the resiliency of the South Siders. Even when things seem dire, the Sox find a way to to get back into games. They almost pulled Tuesday nights game out even though they trailed at one time by four runs in the 7th and three runs in the 9th.
Tyler Flowers is now 1 for his last 15. To be fair A.J. Pierzynski is 3 for his last 13 with a home run.
Alejandro De Aza is 29 years old today.
Only three players in todays starting lineup are hitting better than .300: Rios, Ramirez and Gillaspie.
Dylan Axelrod will be asked to stop the Sox mini-skid. At least last year he proved to be pretty good in big games.
For those of you wondering what happened to former Sox bench coach Joey Cora let me be the first to tell you that he’ll be joining the MLB Network’s MLB Tonight on May 6th. Cora wasn’t a huge conversationalist during the springs, but who knows maybe he has TV personality. Good for him though. Still think he’ll be a good manager someday.