A turbulent 2 days for the White Sox. Tuesday, I saw another thing I haven’t seen before. It seems to me that when it comes to the White Sox, I am saying that by the day.
13th inning, and Troy Tulowitzki scores all the way from 1st on a bloop single by Ty Wigginton. I know that Tulo got a good jump, but to score is unfathomable. Did you see AJ Pierzynski’s reaction? He slammed his mask down, and stormed off the field. I get the feeling all the Sox aren’t on the same page.
Brent Lillibridge is the man who made the throw, but he shouldn’t even have been in the game. However, Alex Rios didn’t run out a ball, so Ozzie Guillen pulled him. If the clubhouse is as turbulent as it appears, the Sox are gonna have a tough time pulling off any kind of prolonged winning streak.
You know what else worries me? Lillibridge. No, not the player, as he has been a life saver in more ways than one. It’s the comment he recently made, indicating that he wants to start. It’s understandable, and admirable, but think back to 2005. How many players had their own agenda? Winning teams put their issues aside for the betterment of the team. I wish Lillibridge would have said something like, “Starting would be great, but right now that’s not gonna happen, and I really just want to do whatever the team wants me to do”. Yes, you wanna play, but winning is the priority. I remember back to the 2002 Angels. Every player put their wants aside, and banded together to beat, possibly, a more talented Giants team. Scott Spiezio was one of those guys that wanted, and felt like he deserved, a chance to start on a consistent basis. Can any of you remember what he did after ’02? He didn’t do so well with the Mariners and Cardinals. Eventually, alcohol problems got him in trouble. I am not saying that will ever happen to Lillibridge, who has a good center, and a great family, but he should accept his position on the team, win a title, than go get his.
Another tough thing about the Sox. They can’t really pull off a deal. Who’s going to take Rios contract. Pierre is gone after this year, and is slowing down. Dunn is not going anywhere, and his value is way down. Are they really gonna deal Quentin, Konerko, Ramirez, Beckham or one of their pitchers? Doubt it, but Ken Williams is wily.
The Sox have to be tired of extra inning games. A 14 inning affair on the 24th, a 13 inning game on Tuesday. The Sox pen is tired. The starters are having quality outings, but the offense is on dry dock. Only once in the past 7 games has the team scored 5 runs, or more.
With the bullpen running on fumes, is was understandable that Coach Cox sent Carlos Quentin on a short fly ball to right in the 9th inning on Wednesday. Quentin was out by 30 feet, except Ryan Spilborghs bounced his throw to the plate. Even a decent throw gets Quentin.
Sergio Santos has been a little up and down of late, but he mowed down the Rockies in the 9th. 16 saves for Santos.
Mark Buehrle didn’t win his 25th interleague game, but he did smoke a double off Ulbaldo Jimenez. I hope you didn’t blink, as he got picked off seconds, and I mean seconds, later. Believe it or not, Buerhle even committed an error, bouncing a pickoff throw past Konerko. I still think he’ll win his 3rd Gold Glove. We all know about Buehrle’s accomplishments, but he is most proud of winning Gold Gloves.
Hard to believe he was cut twice from his high school team, but at 5’7, as a senior, it is no surprise. It’s amazing how people are surprised by his being cut. Just because you can’t cut it in high school, doesn’t mean you won’t make it later, and vice versa.
I need to give credit to the maligned Brian Bruney, who got Wigginton to bounce in to a double play with the bases loaded in the 8th inning. Clutch pitching from the bearded one. Nice turn by Beckham, who I say will win a God Glove within the next 3 years.
Sox lose 3-2 in 13 innings on Tuesday. Win 3-2 in 9 innings on Wednesday.
Day game tomorrow, than it’s the final 3 games against their crosstown rivals from the North side.