Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Quick hits: Another big game for Beltre
By Gordon Edes
BOSTON -- Quick hits from Indians 6, Red Sox 5:
* Adrian Beltre knocked in all five Sox runs, four on his two home runs. It was his second multihomer game this season and 21st of his career. Beltre is batting .362 (25-for-69) since the All-Star break, with six home runs and 16 RBIs in 17 games.
* Besides being involved in a ferocious collision with Cleveland catcher Carlos Santana, rookie Ryan Kalish reached base safely all four times in his third big league game, with a double, two singles and a walk. He also made two strong throws from left field, one to hold a runner at third, the other cutting down Shelley Duncan at the plate.
* Tim Wakefield pitched a scoreless eighth inning on his 44th birthday. The last pitcher to pitch on his 44th birthday, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, was Gaylord Perry on Sept. 15, 1982.
* John Lackey, who held the Indians scoreless for the first three innings, wound up yielding six runs while registering just seven more outs and failed to pitch at least six innings for only the fourth time in 22 starts this season.
* The Sox passed Cincinnati for most one-run decisions in the majors this season with 37. They’re 19-18. The Reds are 18-18.
* Kevin Cash, who wound up batting third when Kevin Youkilis came out of the game with a jammed right thumb, flied out and lined out before being lifted for pinch hitter Jed Lowrie. Cash has now gone 49 at-bats with the Red Sox without an RBI. The club record for most at-bats in a season by a nonpitcher without recording an RBI, according to ESPN researcher Jeremy Lundblad, is 60, by Charlie Armbruster in 1907. The only other player with more than 50 was Mike McNally, who never picked up an RBI in 53 ABs in 1915.
* David Ortiz extended his hit streak to 11 games with a single to lead off the second inning. It's his longest hit streak since 2007 (13 games) and third longest in a Red Sox uniform.
* The Sox, who placed Mike Cameron on the disabled list Monday night, have used 32 different starting outfield combinations. The most common: Billy Hall-Darnell McDonald-J.D. Drew, left to right, in 13 games. The Sox outfield came into the game with a combined batting average of .248, lowest in the American League.
* So, could Daniel Nava hit another grand slam for his second “debut’’?
“C’mon, guys,’’ Nava said with a smile after being recalled from Pawtucket to replace Cameron.
Nava did single as a pinch hitter in the seventh and flied out in the ninth, but his recall may be short-lived, given that Jacoby Ellsbury should be activated any day now.