In the post below, Paul SF makes a comprehensive examination of the Sox offense, which has often frustrated him this season. Appropriately, the subject of offense, and when frustration is warranted, sprung to my own mind last night, while watching the Yanks leave the bases loaded three times in the last four innings of their win against the Royals. Robinson Cano was punched out on a horrible call in one inning (he should have had an rbi walk). Bobby Abreu struck out after a tremendous, 10-pitch at bat in another, and Jorge was robbed of a bases-clearing extra-base hit by a spectacular running grab in center courtesy of David DeJesus. Were the Yanks “to blame”? All three batters performed well. Sometimes the breaks just don’t run your way. That’s what happens over the course of a season. A team may average 6 runs a game. But that means 3 one day and 9 the next. Actually, it’s a testament to their solid play that 12 men were there to be stranded on base in the first place. The Yanks have scored 827 runs this year, tops in the Majors. The Sox are at 758, 4th in the Majors and third in the AL. Yeah, there’s always room for improvement. But it’s also nice to appreciate what you’ve got. Winning doesn’t hurt.
Meanwhile, the big story from last night’s game was Joba Chamberlain putting up another 2 scoreless in front of his teary-eyed father Harlan, of whom he’s a dead ringer. Harlan, as everyone in the universe now knows, is a polio victim and he watched to game in a public disabled section from a motorized scooter. It seemed like there were a lot of Yankee fans coming by to offer him congratulations, which was really nice. Also, Ian Kennedy was servicable through 5 and Alex hit another homer. So what else is new?