Adrian Gonzalez is currently stuck in the middle of a miserable slump, but his career may have hit a low point Sunday in the Red Sox 9-6 loss to Baltimore in 17 innings. The Red Sox all star first baseman had an awful day going 0-for-8 and failing to get hits in big spots multiple times. But the worst came in the bottom of the 17th when he came up with a man on and nobody out against Baltimore right hander Chris Davis, the team's designated hitter on Sunday pitching only because Baltimore, and the Red Sox, ran out of relief pitchers. Gonzalez struck out swinging to cap the 0-for-8 afternoon/evening.
Gonzalez will still probably put up big numbers this season as he did last year, but with each game it's looking more and more like he just is not a big game player. In fact I can't remember one big hit he has had since he put on a Sox uniform.
Well, the Red Sox stink right now but you should be excited about their next homestand, which begins Thursday against the Cleveland Indians.
That's because Derek Lowe and Johnny Damon return to town with the Indians.
Lowe is off to a great start. He has a 4-1 record and 2.39 ERA in his first six starts. He is excepted to pitch Thursday.
Damon signed during the season with Cleveland and has played in just five games and is batting .235 so far.
Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels claims to be an old school tough guy after he purposely plunked Washington Nationals 19 year old rookie Bryce Harper on Sunday. Following the game the lefty admitted to hitting the Nationals rookie on purpose stating he did it because he's "an old school guy."
"I was trying to hit him. I'm not going to deny it. It's something I grew up watching. That's what happened. I'm just trying to continue the old baseball," Hamels said.
Drilling a batter is part of the game and when done right an effective tool, but hitting somebody because he's a 19 year old rookie and playing well is ludicrous.
-Compiled by Nick Curcuru and Christopher Smith