Lets hear it for the (Red) White (but not Blue) Sox hero Kevin Youkilis. Playing in his first home games for his new team, Youk delivered big time. On Tuesday against the Ian Kinsler/Scott Feldman Texas Rangers, he homered in his first at bat of the game — a two-run shot and number five for the season — to give the White Sox the first tallies en route to a 19-2 pasting of their guests. He also had two singles, and drove in a total of four runs while scoring three. Roy Oswalt, who was at least partially responsible for pushing Feldman out of the starting rotation, was roughed up for 11 runs (nine earned) on 13 hits, including three home runs, in just 4.2 innings.
And last night, Youkilis had two more hits, including the game-winner in the 10th inning. Sweet home, Chicago!
Kinsler was 2-7 with a walk for the two games. Feldman started yesterday’s contest, pitching six innings, allowing four runs on six hits; obviously, he was not involved in the decision.
Observant (as in eagle-eyed) Korner reader Neil Berkman pointed out that in his first at bat, facing Feldman, Youkilis grounded out to Kinsler at second. One play, three MOTs. Any intrepid researcher know if that’s some sort of record?
Ike Davis was 1-4 in yesterday’s 9-2 loss to the visiting Philadelphia Phillies, following an 0-5 night which saw his New York Mets win convincingly, 11-1. Michael Schwimer did not appear in either game for the Phillies. At the half-way point, the Mets are 44-38 and exceeding all preseason expectations.
Ryan Kalish was 0-4 and 1-4, respectively, in a pair 3-2 Red Sox losses to the host Oakland As.
Ryan Braun hit his NL-leading 23rd home run (three-run blast) on Tuesday, helping the Milwaukee Brewers to a 13-12 10-inning win over the visiting Miami Marlins. He also had a single. The following night, Braun was 1-3 as the Brewers
Jason Marquis made the start but was not involved in the decision, as the San Diego Padres beat the host Ariz. Diamondbacks, 8-6. Marquis tossed 6.1 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven. He was also 1-3 at the plate with a run-scoring double in the fourth. He was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple. Craig Breslow did not appear in either game for the D’backs.