Kevin Youkilis was 1-4 with 1 BB, 1 double (his 35th), 1 RBI, and 1 run scored against the Blue Jays. Also swiped his 7th bag of the year. This marks Youk's 4th consecutive season with 35 or more doubles. With the Rangers' loss tonight, the Red Sox have officially clinched the Wild Card. So we'll be seeing Youk again in the postseason.
Ryan Braun was 2-5 with 2 doubles (his 35th and 36th) against the Rockies. Braun was 2-3 against Jason Marquis.
Batting 6th, Ian Kinsler was 1-3 with 1 double (his 30th) and 1 run scored against the Angels. His 270 total bases are a career-high. Sadly, he and teammate Scott Feldman will not be in the postseason this year.
Sam Fuld was 3-4 with 1 double (his 5th) and 1 run scored against the Pirates. Fuld is 7 for his last 13 with 3 BBs and 3 runs scored.
Marquis pitched well enough against the Brewers to get his 16th win, but he got a no-decision instead in his 21st quality start after Huston Street surrendered a game-tying 3-run HR to Jason Kendall in the 9th inning. Marquis went 6 innings and gave up 2 runs on 6 hits, 4 BBs, and 1 K.
The walks are a bit of a concern. Marquis has issued 18 free passes in his last 22 1/3 innings. His WHIP is 1.36. His ERA is 3.95. And he's logged 212 innings this year; that's a career-high.
Feldman picked up his 7th loss of the season against the Angels. He pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up 4 runs on 7 hits, 1 HBP, 3 BBs, and 3 Ks. Feldman has had 3 great starts this month and 3 awful starts. Hopefully, he can get it together for his last start in October. His WHIP is 1.28. His ERA is 4.02.