It was great watching Denny McClain and Mickey Lolich pitch this weekend for the Detroit Tigers. They really shut down the White Sox, combining for 2 straight shutouts.
Oops, sorry..I’ve ben woken up.. Wait, it wasn’t the last 30 game winner, or the guy that once won 47 games over a two year span? It was Brad Penny and Max Scherzer! Penny has won a combined 53 games the past 6 years, while Scherzer has zero complete games to his name. I’m don’t mean to rip on the Tigers, as much as I want to point out how bad the Sox hitters truly are.
In Saturday’s game, Penny retired the first 16 batters, before Brent Morel was credited with a hit on a play that looked more like an error to me. The White Sox did manage a few more hits, 5 total. Not even close, as the Tigers sent the Sox to their 9th loss in their last 10 games, 9-0.
The Tigers teed off on their old teammate, Edwin Jackson, to the tune of 7 earned runs in 5.2 innings. Jackson really hasn’t pitched well since his 13 strikeout performance against Tampa Bay in early April.
The offense is still MIA, although they did have a few chances late in the game. Man, when a team is slumping, nothing goes right. 1st batter reaches base in the 8th inning, the next 3 batter make outs. Chicago loads the bases in the 9th, but Morel strikes out to end the game.
Juan Pierre has a weak arm in left, but he is actually a good fielder. He made his 4th error of the season on Saturday. I couldn’t, and wouldn’t have predicted that.
After their positive start the White Sox have the exact record, through 21 games, as they did last year. Winning 8, losing 13.
To Sunday, where Scherzer toyed with the south side boys, pitching 8 innings as Detroit blanked the Sox 3-0.
The Tiger righty had little trouble with the soft hitting Sox, allowing 4 hits, with 7 strikeouts.
When a team is struggling like the Sox, I just feel like I am piling on. What can I do? For the, I think, 5th straight day, Ozzie Guillen, had a new lineup, but to no avail. Adam Dunn is having no luck, no matter what spot he hits in the lineup. Dunn is down to .153..oops .145. I am sure everyone is throwing suggestions at him, but Dunn will find his stroke. I have a hard time believing that the American League pitching is that good.
Pierzynski is starting to swing a good bat, raising his average to .275 after whacking out another 2 hits.
John Danks pitched another winnable game, raising his stock even more. The Texas lefty continues to make quality starts and continues to watch them go for naught. You watch, when he pitches a bad game, the Sox will score a lot of runs.
Matt Thornton must be breathing a sigh of relief. The former, or is he still the, closer tossed a scoreless, and hitless 9th. That is the first appearance by Thornton that he has looked like his dominant self. Hopefully, he can string a few more of those together.
Won’t matter if the offense doesn’t get going. Take out the 9 runs they scored in Tampa a few days ago, the Sox are averaging 1.3 runs over their last 9 games.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Sox, who head to the Bronx for a series against the Yankees. Who knows, maybe the mystique of the Yankees will bring out the best in the Sox.