Come on, how many of you thought when the Sox scored 3 runs in the 2nd inning today at Comerica Park, that they would go on to sweep the Detroit Tigers? I was feeling good, but I knew the game had 7 more innings to go. Damn baseball!
The Tigers salvaged one game against the Sox, winning 4-3, but taking 2 of 3 is great for Chicago. For the most part the Sox got fine starting pitching, and clutch hitting.
Gordon Beckham was the the most clutch guy in the 3 games. He racked up his 3rd big RBI hit in the Sox 3 run second. All told, the Sox 2nd baseman hit .500 with 4 RBI in the 3 games. He also combined with Paul Konerko on a nifty double play. Beckham is getting better by the day. One month ago, he was hitting .230. He is now at .255. He hit .291 in June, and .381 so far through July.
Mark Teahen was back at 3rd for the third straight day. Brent Morel is taking over on defense late in the game as it appears the Sox want to go with the veteran, and not the rookie.
Phil Humber’s start today was better than his last one against the Twins, but not up to his previous standards. Is the league starting to figure him out, or is this just a bump in the road? That is the 2nd straight start that Humber has failed to complete the 6th inning. Before his last start, Humber had reached 6 innings in 12 straight starts.
I should add that is was Chris Sale who gave up the go ahead single to Carlos Guillen in the Tigers 3 run 6th, but Humber, despite 8 strikeouts, didn’t look as sharp as he has in the past.
After a blistering 2 games, Carlos Quentin came back to earth today, going 0-3. Quentin is a real streaky hitter, so this could be the start of a bad stretch. He also misplayed Guillen’s go ahead RBI, that fortunately didn’t lead to any more runs.
Still, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad (sounds like a song). The Sox now head to Kansas City to face a Royals team that always gives the Sox trouble. This will be their first trip to KC since visiting their in early April. KC has beaten theSox in 4 of their 6 meetings. Mark Buehrle gets the ball Monday.
They also get John Danks back. Danks, who suffered a side injury a few weeks back, is slated to pitch on Wednesday.
Come on Sox, get another 2 wins.