What can you say other that the White Sox bullpen is bad right now. Or, are they overused? I’ll stick with bad. Let me back up a day. Alexei Ramirez may look like he all of 160 lbs, but he hits like a big slugger. 2 home runs for the shortstop, including the game winner in the 10th inning. Not all was perfect as Ramirez did commit his 3rd error of the year. I saw it, but still can’t believe it, Alex Rios caught a ball, but it popped right out of his glove. What is it with all the errors? This team looked tight defensively all spring. I can buy in to the thought that spring means nothing, but the spin on the balls don’t change. The players don’t use different mitts. I guess it must be concentration, which obviously has been a problem from day 1.
5 days after striking out 13 Rays, Edwin Jackson just struck out against the A’s. He threw 100 pitches in less than 5 innings. He didn’t do the beleaguered bullpen any favors. But, take away another 2 runs allowed by Tony Pena and the Sox pen was pretty good. Sergio Santos didn’t allow a run, lowing his ERA to 0.00–haha. Chris Sale pitched the final 2 innings for the win. Smiles all around as the Sox beat Oakland 6-5 in 10 innings
Chicago looked like they would take the rubber game between the teams, as John Danks spun 8 fantastic innings. Unfortunately, rain, snow, not even a disco demolition party broke out, because if it did the White Sox would be celebrating.
But no, the party is in Oakland, who scored 3 runs off Chris Sale in the 9th. However, you could say Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton had something to do with that–mainly Thornton. For the 4th time this season the new Sox closer couldn’t fulfill his job specifications. He game up the two run single to tie the game in the 9th (runs charged to Sale), but came back in the 10th to give up the winning run(s). He did walk 2 to start the 10th, which reminded me that when he was with Seattle he had many days where he couldn’t find the strike zone. It was like two different pitchers out on the mound. The dominant one who completely over powers Ryan Sweeney, and the one that implodes soon after.
I agree with what me friend Scott said, Thornton has mentally lost it. Either by his own, or someone else’ hand, Thornton has been snake bit since his first appearance against Tampa Bay.
The Sox had a chance to sweep these 3 games against Oakland, or at least take 2 of 3. Great pitching performances by Buehrle and Danks, go for nothing.
3 extra inning affairs, 2 won by a very scrappy A’s team. Throw in that blowup against the Rays, and I am seeing a horrible trend starting.
What is it with Juan Pierre? I love the guy, but picked off twice, and another error, sheesh!!
Next up for the Sox is the not so good Anaheim Angels. Hopefully, the Sox can take the iron out of their gloves, and find a guy to pitch the last inning by Friday.
If not, you might even here me mention the name Bobby Jenks.