So, that’s what we’re paying (well, Liberty Media is paying) Mark Teixeira for. Teixeira was 3-4 with all three hits home runs, one of them actually righthanded, driving in four runs.
Tim Hudson was great (I guess not all of the American League has “figured him out”). He was a bit wild in the first few innings, but settled down after that. He went seven, allowing just four hits. He only struck out two and walked four, but was getting lots of ground balls. After the third, he was in complete control.
Teixeira opened the scoring with a solo homer in the second. He then led off the fourth with another homer, followed by one from McCann, and Blanco singled home Brandon Jones. Gotay hit a two-run single in the fifth, and Teixeira capped it with a two-run homer in the seventh.
Ohman pitched the eighth without incident, and then Bobby, for some unknown reason, had Gonzalez pitch the ninth. He didn’t do very well, allowing three runs. It wasn’t entirely his fault, but he did allow a two-run homer (I thought on a pretty good pitch). I don’t get the Ichiro Suzuki thing — he didn’t look like even a decent player in the last two games. He was 0-5, but scored the last run of the game after reaching on an error.
Jeff Francoeur, who sucks, had a “scheduled off-day”. It is not entirely a coincidence that the absence of the Out Machine coincided with an eight-run outburst. He did pinch-hit, and of course struck out with two men on, because he sucks. Chipper and Escobar did have the whole day off this time, though Escobar wanted to play. McCann didn’t get any rest; you’d think they would at least have had the Hamster catch the ninth.