Good Day K-Sunshine
Kason Gabbard proved Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park that he belongs on the big club, where we can see him on the mound every fifth day. Using pinpoint control and changing speeds effectively, he kept the Chicago White Sox off stride all day. He pitched seven tremendous innings, giving up only three hits and walking just one. He gave up a run, but that was the fault of the continued inept and unprofessional play, in the field and at the plate, of Wily Mo Pena. He miffed a line drive hit to him by Paul Konerko, and that led to the run. But enough about WMP-his future with the Red Sox is a short one.
The home club broke the game open in the seventh inning with seven runs. Chicago pitchers issued nine free passes, and Coco Crisp continued his hot streak with three hits and five (!!) runs batted in. And a great day got better with the news that Curt Schilling was super sharp in his three inning stint at Pawtucket last night, allowing two hits and striking out six. Of his 40 pitches, 32 were strikes. We'll see him back, if things continue to go smoothly, Tuesday July 31. And what a rotation we'll have!
The Yankees swept the day-night games with the Devil Rays, so they are 7 1/2 games back. But the best is yet to come for our team from Boston. I just know it. With a 1-2-3-4 punch of Beckett, Schill, Daisuke and Gabby, with Wakes in there as starter number five, things will be sweet. And Theo will get us another slugger. So smile!
Click on the title for a joyous article written by the Hartford Courant's very own Jeff Jacobs. He titled it NO DOUBT, HE BELONGS, and it's an inspired piece of sportswriting. He touches on everything from Kason's brilliant outing to the woes of having WMP on the team to Curt Schilling's promising start last night. He's the best. So click on the title, and get ready to smile.