The Y-D Red Sox are East Division champions for the third time in the last four years. The Red Sox defeated the Chatham A's 4-0, in front of a large crowd at Veterans Field. The many Red Sox followers in the crowd had the "Let's go Red Sox" chant going and they were not disappointed. In the second straight errorless game in this series, the Red Sox only needed three swings to produce all four runs. Y-D lead the league with 41 homeruns during the regular season and their power was on display this evening. Three homeruns paved the way. Gordon Beckham started the scoring in the first inning, hitting a two run shot. The score remained 2-0 into the eighth inning when Nick Romero hit a solo shot to rightfield. Another solo homerun off the bat of Jason Castro in the ninth inning was more than enough for Y-D.
Understandably, everyone focuses on Y-D's offense. In addition to being the homerun leaders, the Red Sox lead the league with a .277 team batting average. With so much attention on the offense, it seems their pitching is almost overlooked at times. The Red Sox were second in the league with a team ERA of 2.82, while issuing a league-low 127 walks. That pitching certainly came through in the sweep of the A's as Y-D held Chatham to just three runs.
The Red Sox move on to the championship series and they will attempt to win their third Cape League championship in four years. Is there such a thing as a "dynasty" in a summer league where rosters can change 90% from one season to the next ? That's open to debate, but the recent success that G.M. Jim Martin and Manager Scott Pickler have had is remarkable. The Red Sox organization has come a long way in the past ten or so years.
The Red Sox seem to be in good shape to match the solid pitching of the Falmouth Commodores in what will be a repeat of the 2004 finals. Y-D should have Jerry Sullivan (3-0; 0.56), Trevor Holder (4-1; 0.89) and Terry Doyle (6-3; 2.35) available to start against the Commodores. It all gets underway on Monday afternoon at 3:00 at Wilson Field