If you just go by records, and recent past history, the White Sox would have no chance of doing anything positive against the LAA. A few weeks back the Sox scored 7 runs against the Halos. That’s 7 runs in 3 games. Sorry, I didn’t clarify myself.
Chicago was coming in to Anaheim on a 2-winning streak, having beat up the Mariners over the weekend. Remember, the Sox scored just 7 runs in three games the last times these two met. So what did they do? They blistered the Angels, winning 8-0. They hit, they pitched, they fielded, they won.
I remember watching Ervin Santana win his first Major League game, a shutout over the Sox in 2005. Didn’t the Sox do something special that year? Since that shutout, Santana has only beaten the Sox 3 times in 6 years. The Sox made sure he wouldn’t beat them on Monday.
Gordon Beckham, not to be confused with Adam Dunn, knocked a 2-run shot off Santana. Alexei Ramirez hit a solo shot off the right hander as well. Dunn even chipped in with 2-hits, raising his batting average to .180. That’s the highest it’s been in nearly a month.
Give Carlos Quentin a day off to recharge and he comes back firing on all cylinders. 2 doubles off Santana, and a 3-run moon shot off Trevor Bell gave the right fielder 5 RBI on the night. It’s not even 2 months in to the season, but Quentin looks like a different player. No nagging injuries, no changing of his batting style, just playing great ball. even that prolonged slump he was in recently didn’t get him down. In the past, if he was slumping you could see it in his face, and in the way he carried himself. Not this year. He is even better in the field. It must that new glove he carefully broke in in the middle of the spring.
Alex Rios cooled off a bit, but he did gun out a guy at 3rd. If your aren’t contributing with the bat, get em with the leather.
What’s up with Edwin Jackson? Last 2 starts, 15 innings, 1 earned run. Last 4 starts prior to that he went 21.1 innings, giving up 20 earned runs. If that doesn’t prove that baseball isn’t a game of stops and starts, nothing will.
Nice to see the Sox not pitching Jesse Crain. Crain was on his way to matching career highs in every category so having these past 4 days off has to be nice. Not to Crain, who wants to pitch, but White Sox fans, who want to see him throwing gas in September, not wiffle balls.
John Danks is going for his first win tonight. He should be 5-2 at minimum, but he is 0-5 in reality. I’ll be at the game tonight, so here’s hoping he can get win number 1.