The Red Sox got the whoopin' sticks out again last night, and hit "Mr. Perfect." No, not Curt Hennig, who is pictured here (he actually died a few years back), but Philip Humber for nine runs in five innings, as the Sox coasted to a 10-3 win.
Kevin Youkilis belted a grand slam and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit two home runs to pace the attack. They got to Humber, who pitched a perfect game last Saturday in Seattle, for two runs in the first, and Felix Doubront took over from there. He went six innings, allowing three runs, and got his first win of 2012, and the third of his career. (With thanks to my buddy Jere, who corrected me in the original post.)
His first 2012 win should have been last Saturday, but let's not bring up that subject.
Youk and Salty are now red hot after slow starts. Junichi Tazawa pitched the final three innings and looked solid and got his first ever MLB save.
The Red Sox now have won four straight on this road trip, and are guaranteed a winning one, with three more games in Chicago before returning home next week.
The news continues to get worse for Carl Crawford, who now maybe out until August after he had his sore elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews. He is optimistic for an earlier return, but we shall see.
And a Happy 10th Anniversary to Derek Lowe, who threw a no-hitter on this day in 2002 at Fenway Park against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. And Yours Truly was there live to witness it. Thanks always for the great memory, D-Lowe.