The Sox dominance over the Red Sox at Fenway park continues. 7 straight wins in beantown for the visitors from Chicago. A surprising end to a trip, that up until Monday hadn’t gone too well. They were 2-5 when the visit began, 5-5 when it ended. Nice way to start a 10 game home stand, which starts Friday against the Detroit Tigers. Another surprise, that was the first 3 game sweep for the Sox this season. They took 2 from the Indians earlier this season, but had not taken any thing above that.
I know Konerko’s shot, which may be the longest of his career, will be be talked about for awhile, but I want to celebrate another player. His name is Brent Lillibridge. Lillibridge had another outstanding series. He hit a home run today, but could have hit 3 home runs in the series. 2 of his shots came within inches, and I mean inches, of clearing the monster. And who would have thought that the career infielder could morph in to a above average outfielder.
It didn’t appear that Gavin Floyd would last long. 7 of the first 10 Boston batters reached base against him, but he would settle down long enough to get his 6th victory of the year. I remember Floyd telling me at the end of spring, that he may look, and act, low key, but when he is on the field he is as competitive as anyone. He needed to channel that competitiveness today, because he didn’t look good early on. One reader, Russ, said that \Buehrle should have been moved up, and Floyd moved down a day, due to him pitching out of the pen on Sunday. Listening from my car, I couldn’t have agreed more. I’m glad it turned out well for the White Sox.
Boston will be crying for more instant replay. It sure looked like Dustin Pedroia tagged Juan Pierre in the 5th inning, but was ruled safe. Sorry man, more instant replay would slow the game down even more. I love bang-bang plays, even if they go against my team. That’s the beauty of baseball.
I know I might be a master of the obvious, but I think soon you will be able to say All-Star Sergio Santos. Santos has 9 saves, even though he didn’t get his first until April 25th. He has yet to give up a run to an American League opponent, covering 25.1 innings. He has only allowed only 13 hits, while striking out 31.
Wow, what a series for Alexei Ramirez. 9-14 in the 3 games in Boston. That is a .642 average. On the other end of the spectrum is Adam Dunn, who went 1 for 6, with 2 strike outs. Hopefully, the upcoming warm weather will warm up his bat. It is June, when will he start hitting. There was a fan in spring training that said this would happen to Dunn. I laughed, assuring him Dunn will hit once the bell rung. So far, that guy is right.
It’s a tough call, you can’t really bench him, not with the money you spent to get him. You can’t trade him, can you? Way too early for that. You can’t send him to the minors, but I wonder if he will come down with a fluke injury, allowing the Sox to get him some rehab at bats in Charlotte.
It was fun to watch Omar Vizquel (44) face Tim Wakefield (44). That, surprisingly, is not the oldest matchup. That belongs to Julio Franco (48) against Roger Clemens in 2007 (44).
The best line of the day. Hawk Harrelson after Paul Konerko’s rocket against Jonathan Papelbon, “That’s how you afford a 64,000 square foot house in Scottsdale”. Classic.
Hopefully the Sox repay the Tigers for sweeping them in April. Brad Penny pitches on Sunday. Remember, he threw no hit ball for almost 6 innings the last time he saw the Sox.