Sunday, May 30, 2010
Fitting the Bill
Meet Bill Hall. He came into the big leagues in 2002 as a second basemen for the Milwaukee Brewers. He was also called Billy Hall in those days. Today, you can pretty much call him anything. Center, left or right fielder, second baseman or shortstop, and as of a couple days ago, pitcher.
For the first time in his career, Hall came on in relief during the ninth inning, and pitched it perfect. Of course the reason he was on was due to Wakefield's 3 2/3 inning performance in which he gave up 9 earned runs en route to a 12-5 loss. The Red Sox won tonight behind a solid performance by Clay Buchholz, and salvaged the third game of the 4-game series against the Kansas City Royals winning 1-0.
I gotta admit that I was skeptical of Hall to begin the season. In his seasons with the Brew Crew, he was about a .250 hitter, with a decent glove, just an average second baseman. He's become the ultimate utility player with the Sox thus far. But all of this is overshadowed in my mind, by the poor performance this weekend against the Royals. Why can we take 2 out of 3 from the Phillies, make the Rays cry home to their mommy's, yet the Royals and Orioles are like 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles of a clear blue sky? Either way, the Sox have moved up to 28-23 on the season, I'm happy with it. Last game of the KC series tomorrow afternoon with the best pitcher in baseball on the hill, Jon Lester.