We all knew going into the season that Julian Tavarez wasn't going to be the best 5th starter in baseball. His debut reassured that fact: 4.0 IP, 4 runs, 5 walks, 6 hits with 3 strikeouts.
The pitcher that barely squeaked by into the 25-man roster is the one that's performing the best. Javier Lopez had another strong inning. He gave up one run and a hit. Kyle Snyder and JC Romero combined for 0.1 IP and 4 runs (Snyder had one, Romero had three). Hideki Okajima pitched a perfect 7th inning.
Leadoff hitter Julio Lugo is starting to show his might after a rough way to start the season. Lugo went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBI. JD Drew replicated Lugo's line for the most part (Lugo had two strikeouts, Drew had none). Drew is batting .368 so far this season.
The Sox had only one error, but it was a big one. Drew misfielded a ball in the outfield and Michael Young took full advantage by taking a scenic tour of every base. It was ruled a double and an error.
Winner: Drew. Despite his one error last night, he continues to knock in runs and get on base.
Loser: Tavarez. Which "Hatchet Face" are we going to see? The one at the beginning of the 2006 season or the one at the end?