Ok, right now, would you trade Dan Hudson for Edwin Jackson? I bet most of you were cursing Ken Williams after watching Hudson pitch and hit and pitch the Diamondbacks past the Sox. It isn’t like Hudson pitched terrible, but Hudson pitched better. I would venture to say that Hudson has out-pitched Jackson since they were dealt for each other last season.
Jackson has had some fine moments as a member of the Sox, but he could/will leave after the season, while Hudson will be part of the D’backs for at least the next 5 years, and maybe even longer.
I can still remember Hudson when he was with Great Falls. He was invited out to spend the one day on the big field, 2 springs ago. Great Falls had won an organizational title, and were being honored. Hudson first reaction to being on the field was, “Wow, this is the big field”. Just an innocent kid taking it all in. I don’t think he’ll be visiting Great Falls or any minor league facility any time soon.
While Jackson gave up 2 early runs, Hudson retired 16 straight batters from the 1st inning up to the 6th inning. To add insult to injury, he also picked up an RBI with a booming double off Jackson in the 7th inning. D’backs took game 1, 4-1.
Paul Konerko loves being home. The Captain, who lives in Scottsdale, has hit home runs in back to back days. He now has 18 on the season. The Hawk and Steve Stone had a disagreement on Saturday. Hawk said that Konerko, to this point, is the AL MVP. Stone countered by saying that there is no way he’d beat out Adrian Gonzalez, with the way he is hitting, and all. Not to be out done, Hawk finished by saying, “There is a long way to go”. Yeah, but you were talking about right now, not at the end of the season.
Did you see John Danks get a ball rocked off his head on Saturday? Danks is a tough Texan, he can take it. When he got back to the dugout at the end of the inning, Gavin Floyd, tapped him in the spot where the ball hit him. I’m sure that didn’t feel too good.
They don’t wanna hear it, but Texas and Oklahoma guys are about the same. Years ago I was watching “SURVIVOR”. One of the challenges was to have one of the contestants friends to eat something horrible. One o the players friends was from OK. I knew right then it was over, as guys from OK or TX can, and will eat anything. I relate that story because that’s what those guys are like. They are tough through and through. No ball off the melon is gonna stop a guy like Danks. He probably went in after the game and ate a chocolate covered spider for dinner. (That’s a joke)
So one thing I’ve noticed when Danks pitches. Ramon Castro usually catches, and Brent Lillibridge nearly makes an amazing catch. Castro has been behind the dish in 3 of Danks past 4 starts. Lillibridge went over the wall to save Danks in his last start, and tonight he nearly stole a hit from Melvin Mora.
After starting the season 0-8, Danks has now won his 3rd straight start. Sox win game two, 6-2
Last thing, when you have as good of lineup as the Sox do, you don’t need everyone clicking. Saturday, the Sox had 9 hits, but Konerko, Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios combined for 8 of them.
Rubber game tomorrow. Can Konerko hit another home run?