|Ski masks, big bats the order of the day for Cody Ross, Darnell McDonald||04.28.12 at 12:17 am ET|
CHICAGO — So, about those ski masks.
With the temperature hovering around 40 degrees Friday night, with what was described as a stronger wind than the night before, both Darnell McDonald and Cody Ross chose to done most unusual attire for a baseball game. The pair wore ski masks, that, for the most part, covered all of their face but their eyes. It was attire that was presented courtesy clubhouse manager Tom McLaughlin.
Evidently, it worked.
McDonald came away with a career-high four RBi thanks to bases-loaded double and solo home run, while Ross knocked out two hits, including a single with the bases full in the sixth that plated the game-tying run. The end results were the Red Sox claiming a 10-3 win over the White Sox for their fifth straight victory.
“Well, I’m wearing that the rest of the year,” McDonald said. “[McLaughlin] hooked us up. You know how baseball is. I told Cody when I came in, I said, ‘I’m wearing that headgear in August.’”
“Me and Darnell are goign to take those home and we’re going to have some fun,” joked Ross.
Ross said the game was far from the coldest he had played in, but did admit it was the first time he had utilized such head-gear. “I’ve played in way colder than this,” he said. “Unfortunately, the teams I’ve played with in the past, they didn’t have the head gear. Couldn’t afford it, I guess. So, it’s nice to have this.”
The cold couldn’t slow down the Red Sox’ bats, however, with the visitors putting up a 10-spot for the second straight night at U.S. Cellular Field. During their current winning streak, the Sox have outscored their opponents 44-19.
“When we lost that game when we were up 9-1, it definitely was bottom, it felt like,” said Ross of last Saturday’s defeat to the Yankees. “It was nice to get away from that, get on the road. Sometimes it’s tough to play on the road, but in baseball, I think it doesn’t really matter. A lot of times it’s nice to have the crowd behind you, but when you’re struggling, sometimes it’s nice to just get away. It’s been helpful for us.”
And now, the 9-10 Red Sox find themselves just one game of reaching the coveted .500 mark.
“It was talked about,” said Ross of the early-season struggles. “A lot of guys in here have played long enough where you’re going to go through tough times like that. That one stung. That was about the end of that. A few guys said it. That one stung a little bit, but what are you going to do? You can’t feel sorry for yourself. You’ve got to bounce back and play the way we’re supposed to. It’s a credit to our taem for sticking together and keep fighting. That’s all you can do.”
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