Adrian Gonzalez ended his Home Run drought with not 1 but 2 tall jacks last night in Arlington Texas.
Gonzo truned on an inside pitch in his first at bat, launching it into the upper deck in Right Field. In the 4th, he took a fastball on the outside corner the opposite way, clearing the wall in Left-Center. You could see the tension escape from Adrian’s face as he blasted that first Home Run. Coming into the game, A-Gonz only had one Homer since the All-Star Break. He went to the final round of the Home Run Derby, so he may have been experiencing the common problem of losing one’s natural swing after the Derby.
His second bomb of the night should be even more exciting for Sox fans, since the pitch was on the outside corner of the plate, something most hitters would be happy to convert into a single. Should Adrian boost his power numbers durign the final month of the season, he would be right back in the MVP conversation.
John Lackey was solid, going 6 2/3 and conceding 4 runs. Lackey has been decent in the 2nd half of the season, keeping himself in contention for the all-important 3rd spot in the Post-Season rotation.
Jacoby Ellsbury also returned after missing 3 games with a minor back injury. He was 1-4 with a walk and a run scored. Look for Big Papi in the lineup tonight, as he seems ready to come back from his heel injury. If Gonzo has found his power groove again and our other stars are returning to health, the Red Sox may be primed for a hot September. It looks as though the Red Sox-Yankees AL East race is going to come down to the wire.
Just the way we like it.