The Boston Red Sox won both games of their Saturday doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics.
Game 1 was moved up to an early start of 12:05 PM to avoid the wrath of Hurricane Irene. It didn't make much difference...when Jon Lester tried to take the mound in the 7th inning it was raining hard...his first two warmup pitches were airmailed and hit the backstop. Thus began two rain delays totalling
Lester left after 6 innings with a 9-2 lead.
Jason Varitek homered and had 3 RBIs to help the Red Sox defeat the A's 9-3.
Game 2 was scheduled for a 5:05 PM start, but - because of two rain delays in Game 1 of 45 minutes and 2 hours, 15 minutes, Game 2 began at 6:52 PM.
There was a 1 hour rain delay in the top of the 5th inning in Game 2.
The Large Father hit a 'tater and had 2 RBIs to help Boston sweep the doubleheader 4-0.
The doubleheader took almost 11 hours from start to finish!
Justin Verlander became the major league's first 20-game winner, helping the Detroit Tigers defeat the Minnesota Twins 6-4 on Saturday.
JV pitched 6 innings, allowed 8 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks and added 6 strikeouts.
The Big Potato picked up his 39th save.
Alex Avila and Miguel Cabrera hit solo dingers.
The last American League pitcher to win 20 games before September was Roger Clemens with the Blue Jays in 1997.
Jim Thome belted his 602nd career homer on his 41st birthday to help the Tribe beat the Royals 8-7...
Having sat through more than my fair share of rain delays, I can attest that there are, sometimes, good consequences. Remember, a rain delay provides fans with an excessive amount of time to consume alcohol. According to my math: RAIN DELAY + ALCOHOL + HOT CHICKS + RAIN = HOT, DRUNK, WET CHICKS...WE ALL WIN!!!