I get it. I finally understand. Lose 5 of their first 7 game on the road trip, then go in to Boston and pound the Red Sox for 2 games. Yep, I see the White Sox plan crystal clear.
I know the Sox have played the Red Sox very well recently, but coming in to this series at Fenway, did anyone think they would be doing the damage they are doing?
Jake Peavy, and Peavy’s replacement, Phil Humber, were a nice one-two punch Monday and Tuesday. Peavy went 7 innings, while Humber pitched in to the 8th. Can a player win the comeback player of the year, if he hasn’t comeback from anything other than pitching bad? If it is possible, Humber will win that award, hands down.
Peavy has always talked about his desire to show the Chicago fans the real Jake Peavy, the one the Sox traded a bushel of players for. Sox fans meet Peavy, Peavy meet Sox fans. For a guy who has made 4 starts in 10 months, Peavy sure looks like the pitcher he was with the Padres. Sox 1st baseman Adrian Gonzalez remembers his former teammates past greatness, smacking a home run off Peavy in the first inning. He would also single off his friend, as well. Peavy pretty much made 2 bad pitches, the home run to Gonzalez, and a 2-run single to Dustin Pedroia.
Humber was just as good. He made only two bad pitches, as well. A ball that was hit out by Jason Varitek, and an RBI single to Drew Sutton. Thankfully, Will Ohman came in to give up a 3-run shot to David Ortiz, bringing Humbers ERA to 3.06.
Poor Brian Bruney. Guy was pitching lights out in Charlotte, but couldn’t find the strike zone in Boston.
Bruney gave up 2 earned runs in his first appearance as a member of the Sox. Boston does have a book on him, as he once pitched for the Yankees.
Throw out Ohman’s & Bruney’s performance, and the Sox pen was nails. When you get the starting pitching and offense the Sox have gotten the past 2 days, the bullpen is counted on for much.
Adam Dunn’s had s good 2 days. He, obviously, didn’t play against lefty Jon Lester on Monday, but he did play against Alfredo Aceves. Guess what? He singled, and didn’t strike out! Small steps people.
Alexei Ramirez is smokin hot, hitting .407 his past 6 games, including 6 for 9 in Boston. Same goes for AJ Pierzynski, who is hitting .333 his past 5 games, while also calling 2 great games.
The Sox offense is humming along, looking like the team that played Cleveland to open the season. 17 runs, and 27 hits through 2 games in Boston, compared to 23 and 29 in those first 2 games against the Indians.
Welcome back Gordon Beckham. The 2nd baseman is back in the lineup after missing some time due to taking a ball in the eye. He looked no worse for the wear to me, cranking out a hit on Monday, and 3 more on Tuesday.
You think the Sox are happy to see June? Maybe they aren’t, they did win 16 of 29 games in May. They haven’t really closed the gab on the Indians, but there are still 4 months left. They still have the most complete team in the division, so the best is still yet to come.
Ozzie Guillen looked very studious in his glasses. He actually has some cool glasses, they separate in the middle, so they he never has to take them off. I think he got em in Miami. I really want a pair, not his, but one for me, with my prescription. Come on people.
Guillen and Bobby Jenks have buried the hatchet, thankfully not in each other. In the spring, Ozzie got so mad over some comment Jenks made he threatened to rip his guts out. Not today though, as the two patched up their differences and are back to being—-ahh—just being.
Jenks pitched a scoreless inning against his former team on Tuesday. Brent Lillibridge almost hit a 2-run home run, but the ball bounced inches short of clearing the monster.
The Sox jumped the Royals in the division standings, and now only the Tigers separate the Sox from taking direct aim at the Indians.
Francisco Liriano is on the DL. Told you that no hitter agains the Sox would come back to haunt him. Great personal accomplishment, bad for team success.
Sox go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon. Gavin Floyd against Tim Wakefield, who may pitch forever. When Wakefield made his debut in 1992, Floyd was 9.