Bobby V decided not to walk a guy who had been hitting well in the series. And he paid for it when Youk hit a three-run bomb. Oh how much fun to see. Big Donkey also had a stolen base in the game. Now, let’s hope this goodness continues.
Tonight, Robin is sending out the following guys
Alejandro De Aza CF, Youk 3B, Big Donkey, The King 1B, Alex Rios RF, AJ Pierzynski C, The Cuban Tank LF, The Cuban Missile SS, Bacon 2B.
Pedro Hernandez will start for the White Sox. Hernandez was acquired from the San Diego Padres. He is making his major league debut tonight. Just yet another White Sox player making his debut this season.
So far this season, he has gone 7-2 with a 2.90 ERA with 50 strikeouts over fourteen appearances between Birmingham and Charlotte this season. Overall in his minor league career, Pedro is 32-13 with a 3.42 ERA with 356 strikeouts in 107 appearances. Sixty-one of those appearances have been as a starter.
Bobby V is sending out the following guys in hopes of getting back in the win column:
Jacob Ellsbur CF, Carl Crawford LF, Cody Ross RF, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Will Middlebrooks 3B, Mauro Gomez DH, Mike Aviles SS, Kelly Shoppach C, Pedro Ciriaco 2B.
Felix Doubront will start for the Red Sox tonight. Felix will be facing the White Sox for the second time this season and in his career. In the one and only start against the Sox, Doubront won the game where he gave up three earned runs in six innings.
In his last start, he earned his ninth win of the season in the second game of a doubleheader against the Yankees. He gave up four runs, three earned on four hits and one walk. He also struck out six in the 6.1 innings worth of work.
*Notes: Jhan Marinez was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte to make room for Pedro Hernandez on the big club. Youk is now in the history books along with Ken “Hawk” Harrelson. Youk’s home run last night makes him the first player since Hawk did it in 1969 to homer at Fenway after playing for the Red Sox earlier in the season, per Elias. Aaron Cook became the first player in the modern era to walk two or fewer strikeouts and walks in his first five starts of a season.