That's what Mel Rojas Jr. called him. And if you ask Gabe Kapler's teammates, I'm sure they'd agree. So far, 2009 hasn't been kind to Gabe. But tonight was his night. After Kapler got a reprieve from an error by the usually sure-handed Nick Johnson in foul territory, he hit a game-winning pinch-hit home run in the 8th inning against the Nationals. It was only his 2nd HR of the year, but man, oh man, was it a big one!
Kevin Youkilis was 1-5 with 1 HBP, 1 HR, 1 RBI, and 1 run scored against the Phillies. Also swiped his 4th bag of the season. Youk's career-high for stolen bases is 5; that was in 2006. If you can believe it, he actually has as many stolen bases now as Ryan Braun.
Speaking of Ryan Braun, he was 2-5 with 1 run scored against the White Sox.
Ian Kinsler was 1-4 against the Dodgers.
Aaron Poreda made his MLB debut tonight against the Brewers and threw the ball fairly well in his relief appearance, in spite of what had to be some first game jitters. He pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Gave up 1 hit and had 3 Ks, including one against Braun. The first batter he faced was Matt Gamel, who also went down on strikes.
John Grabow pitched 1 inning and gave up 1 run against the Tigers.