Sunday, June 17, 2012

Salty 'Cleans Up' As Sox Edge Cubbies, 4-3

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia had been 0-17. In the bizarro world of Bobby Valentine, that meant just one thing: hit him clean-up. That's why he's a major league manager, and we're not. All Salty did was clout his 12th home run (leading all MLB catchers) and double and knock in two critical runs in a 4-3 thriller at Wrigley. Aviles and Podsednik also contributed key hits. Scotty Pods is now hitting a robust .390. Jon Lester had a comfortable lead in the seventh (4-0), but his one glitch was a three-run shot to the immortal Luis Valbuena. Otherwise, he went a solid 6.2, striking out 8. So, now, once again, the Sox are tantalizingly close to .500 (32-33), with a chance to even it up to night with Josh Beckett...uh, hold on, Franklin Morales.