Bill Hall was locked-in last night in Toronto. (AP Photo)
Tito elected to sit Lowrie again last night, and he was rewarded early and often by Bill Hall for that decision. Hall ended up going 3 for 5 with 2 HR's and 4 RBI on the night, and the stat that impresses me most is that he saw a total of 27 pitches. That shows that he was having productive AB's, and was really working the Blue Jay pitchers. Almost equally impressive was that rookie Ryan Kalish, also pictured above, was second on the team with 25 pitches seen. Impressive indeed. Francona obviously loves Hall as a player, and since the All-Star break he's played in 23 of the Sox 27 games. It'll be interesting to see how he's used after Tuesday, however, his Troy Brown like versatility and unselfishness shouldn't make it a problem for him to still continue to be a factor on this team.
This is what it's like to root for the 2010 Red Sox. Each night seems to present a different hero, and it's about time that Bill Hall gets his just due. Lost in the mix by his great performance was another super solid performance by Mike Lowell (3 for 4 with 4 TB) and Clay Buchholz may indeed finally be all growns up (8.0 IP 0 ER). With Aerosmith playing at Fenway this Saturday, you just hope that the Sox can keep their Train a Rollin'.