Danks, Beckham, JV Overpower Tribe
It’s been a couple days of firsts for the Sox. On Sunday, rookie righty Daniel Hudson won his first major league game and last night, in his 90th start, John Danks pitched the first complete game of his career. Danks was superb, giving up only a run and three hits with seven K’s in the 6-1 triumph over the Tribe in Cleveland.
Offensively, it was Gordon Beckham and the Junior Varsity that did the damage. Beckham, hoping to make a final surge toward the AL Rookie of the Year award, was 2 for 5, including his 27th double, and had three RBI. He’s now hitting .272 with 63 RBI–all of it since his call-up on June 4.
Beckham’s performance wasn’t a surprise, but the production of the bench players replacing the likes of Pods, A.J., Alexei and Jermaine, was. DeWayne Wise was 2 for 4 with an RBI; Josh Fields was 2 for 4 with a walk and a run scored; Tyler Flowers was 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored; and Brent Lillibridge was 2 for 3 with a walk, run scored and an RBI.
Eliminated or not, a win is a win. Five more and we’re a .500 ballclub.