Wakes Good Enough.....Sox Sweep Giants
After three innings, the score was 7-2. The game was essentially over. And good 'pen work by Joel Piniero and future All-Star pitcher Hideki Okajima assured the Sox of a weekend sweep of the San Francisco Giants. Imagine...the Darkman on the All Star team. He's a lock!! How sweet is that? I'll miss the Giants......and I'm sad they had to go, but the season marches on. The middle of the lineup, Papi, Manny and Youk combined to go 6-11. With that kind of production, Sunday was like a walk in the park on a cloudless and warm day, butter-drenched popcorn flowing from the sky as multiple rainbows shine down with their multi-colored hues, bathing everyone in beauty. Yum! And the mere mention of Kevin Youkilis brings this to mind.....he is quickly closing in on the all-time fielding record for a Red Sox first baseman. And remember.........he is a converted third baseman. This is from the Herald........
"Youkilis made it through another game without an error yesterday, making nine putouts in the Sox’ 9-5 win over San Francisco at Fenway Park. His errorless streak is at 116 games, three shy of the club record set by McInnis in 1921.
Not bad for a player who, like the former shortstop McInnis, never intended to play on the right side of the diamond.
“I feel more comfortable (this year). It comes to me naturally and I don’t have to think as much,” said Youkilis, who played first base in high school but then not again on a regular basis until last season. “Last year I had to play everything through my head and now, more or less, it’s a reaction. It’s a lot easier.”
Peter here, and think about it. 116 games at first base.....with ZERO errors. Amazing, and quite an argument for his future All-Star game appearance(s). But there's a log jam on the first base section of the All Star ballot, with Big Papi to be the eventual winner at that position.
So the Sox move to 20 games over the .500 mark at 44-24, while the Yankees continue to win. And win. The Sox need quality starts from Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett tonight and tomorrow night as the road show moves to Atlanta for a three game set. The game tonight is a nationally televised one....on the Connecticut-based ESPN and ESPNHD, at the fan friendly time of 7pm. Which Curt will it be? We'll all find out....together.
Click on the title of this post for all the latest on Brendan Donnelly, who was put on the D/L list with forearm pain. We hope his stay will be a short one. And birthday wishes go out to Paul McCartney....number 65. Time sure does fly.
Have a great week....the weather will be fabulous through Sunday. And I hope all the fathers out there had a wonderful day with their loved ones. That goes for all the Moms, too!! Thanks for stopping by, as always. I'm doing my best to keep every one of you informed about that team we love to love. The Boston Red Sox. Forever!