|Schumaker watches his 5th inning homer. (photo by Reed Saxon/AP)|
|Entering the game as a pinch runner, Schumaker scored the winning run on a wild pitch on June 7th against Atlanta. (photo by Alex Gallardo/AP)|
This is a player that puts in his time. Works hard, and understands his role with the ball club. He'll get the occasional start, or he'll enter the game late as a defensive replacement or as a pinch hitter and he performs. Then he gets plugged into the leadoff role for Carl Crawford and a game like tonight happened. I wouldn't be surprised to see his average approaching .300 by season's end.
So on a night when all eyes were on the Korean showdown between Shoo and Ryu, it was Skip that grabbed the spotlight, and his clutch performance played a major role in the win.
(Ryu did his part too with 7 innings pitched and giving up only 1 run).