The guy pitches 7 innings, lets up 1 hit, 1 run and strikes out 10… and he gets the loss?
I know the Giants aren’t exactly the 1995 Indians in terms of fire power, but are you kidding me?
The Giants weren’t facing Roy Halladay or Adam Wainwright.
They were facing Mat Latos. Yeah sure he’s a talented pitcher… but score 2 runs off him.
(In truth I wonder what kind of traffic this blog post title will get me. And if you don’t understand why, consider yourself lucky.)
He hit a game tying homer in the 9th inning…
He’s got 4 homers already… and I think 5 of those are clutch.
Is he better than Hank Aaron?
I think he’ll break 800 homers.
The other day I wrote about the Red Sox hitting rock bottom and I suggested they bring up Darnell McDonald.
You can look it up.
Now I am not saying I knew he’d be an instant folk hero in Boston… stroking a game tying homer in his first at bat and winning it in the 9th.
But I saw his stats in Pawtucket and thought “Hey, maybe he can be a spark.”
Maybe he will.
Maybe a guy getting another shot at the bigs… an unknown with no expectations… a scrappy player who needs to play hard for his salary… maybe that’s what the Red Sox needed.
A single spark can start a fire.
And Darnell McDonald was holding a sparkler tonight!
And held a “dodging bullets clinic.”
DODGED A BULLET GAMES – 4
April 4 – 9-7 win against Yankees (On Opening Night, the Red Sox overcome a 5-1 Yankee lead with a game tying HR by Pedroia and a go ahead passed ball.)
April 10 – 8-3 win against Kansas City (Beckett out pitches Zack Greinke and nearly gets decapitated by a line drive.)
April 14 – 6-3 win in Minnesota. (Okajima gets Morneau to pop up with the bases loaded in the 7th and Papelbon wiggled out of a 9th inning jam.)
April 20 – 7-6 win against Texas. (Darnell McDonald introduces himself to Boston with an 8th inning game tying homer and a walk off hit in the 9th.)
TEETH GRINDER GAMES – 5
– 6-4 loss against the Yankees. (Scutaro’s error leads to the winning run.)April 7
– 3-1 loss against the Yankees. (Sox leave the winning run on in the 9th only to lose on Granderson’s 10th inning homer)April 9
– 4-3 loss in Kansas City. (Bard coughs up the lead, denying Wakefield a win.)April 17
– 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay. (The Sox can’t score with the bases loaded and nobody out in the 11th… lost it in the 12th.)April 17
– 6-5 loss to Tampa Bay. (The Red Sox comeback falls a run short, leaving two on in the 8th)
Down to -1.
Are we living in the Darnell McDonald era?
Remember, virtually nobody noticed when the Red Sox picked up Dave Roberts in 2004.
I’m just saying