With MVP second baseman Dustin Pedroia out with a broken foot, both Jed Lowrie and Bill Hall have been able to get some starts at second base. And in the recent series in LA against the Angels, both players impact was certainly felt.
Tuesday night against the Angels, Lowrie was callen upon to make the start at second base. Recently coming back from a very long stint on the DL, Lowrie was able to contribute to the team, adding two RBI’s on a double that scored Darnell McDonald and Marco Scutaro.
But yesterday afternoon, Bill Hall was called upon to make the start, his 22nd of the year at second base. And also like Lowrie, was able to contribute, hitting his 12th homer of the year in the second inning, extending the Sox’s lead to two/
But with Pedroia expected to make his return in as little as two weeks, and Lowell expected to come back very shortly, roster spots will be limited as well as starts for both Lowrie and Hall. Hopefully when Pedroia makes his return, like the two men who stood in for him, will be able to make an immediate impact.
And speaking of impact, look at Adrian Beltre, who has been of the most consistent players on the Red Sox. Also hitting a home run in yesterday’s game, one of the team’s four, his 17th of the year. Playing stellar in his first (and hopefully not his last) year as a Red Sock, the Sox are certainly happy with his play this year. Hitting .332 so far this year, he has the highest average on the team, ahead of Youkilis who is hitting .308.
But unfortunately for the Red Sox, both the Rays and the Yanks won, so the Sox are still behind the Yanks 7 games and still stuck at 5 games back in the Wild Card race. But A-Rod’s still stuck at #599, so the win is not all bad news. He did have a good game though, going 2 for 5 with one RBI in the 8-0 win over the Indians.
And I thought I’d give a Johnny Damon update. In last night’s game against the Rays, he hit a solo home run off Jeff Niemann in the third inning. And we can’t forget that he’ll be returning to his old home field, Fenway Park for a three game series. Join in now for a chorus of boos. I’m sure he’ll get a huge hoard of them.
The booing of Johnny Damon reminds me of the booing of John Lackey while playing the Angels. Come on Angels fans, did you forget 2002? He won the World Series for you. That is one gift that cannot be replaced. He did a lot for the franchise, and all you can do is boo? Good job, way to thank him.
But good thing for Lackey, he has some great supporters in Red Sox Nation.