You have to take your breaks where you find them.
On Saturday, young Eduardo Perez of Valencia, and lately, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, home of the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate, made his first start since returning to the Fens of Boston.
Eduardo threw seven commendable innings, giving up just one run in the House That George Built. Apparently, he had been “tipping” his pitches by his arm angle, something that was dealt with the past few weeks on the back lots of the minor leagues. It looked like the issue was fixed, for the moment, in the Bronx.
Eduardo’s catcher, Sandy Leon, has had a bit of a journeyman receiver’s career in stints in Boston and D.C. He even once played in A-ball for the Vermont Lake Monsters (seriously).
Lately, given the chance to play a bit, he’s done remarkably well (.441 in last ten games), and drove in 4 of Boston’s 5 runs on Saturday, including 3 with a (Vermont) monster 412-foot home run off Carsten Charles Sabathia.
One might say that the Yankees are a rather mediocre team this season, very inconsistent in the hitting phase of the game. Cynics might also say that former Cy Young Award recipient Sabathia is on the downward arc of a pretty good career.
I say you gotta take your breaks when and where you can. Bravo to the Bosox Venezuelan battery for rising to the occasion on a sweltering Saturday in New York. For the moment, their countryman Pablo Sandoval is forgotten.
And bravo to Leon, a Maracaibo native who’s spent the last few MLB off-seasons playing in the Venezuelan winter league for his hometown Aguilas de Zulia as well as Tigres de Aragua, tearing the cover off the ball. A guy named Altuve has been doing that for Magallanes and it’s worked out pretty well for him.