If Ozzie Guillen was raving mad after the Sox last game in Kansas City, he can’t be much happier, even though the Sox won, tonight in Cleveland. Ozzie went off on his team 2 days ago, among other things, blasting their energy level. Tonight wasn’t much better, as the Sox offense was supplied by the same guy who supplied it in Wednesday, Carlos Quentin. Quentin’s 3-run blast gave the Sox the victory. One bit of good news for Guillen, he didn’t take a ball in the eye like he did in KC.
I figured Ozzie was gonna have an aneurism, watching the Sox strand 7 runners in the first 3 innings, including a 2 on, no out situation in the first inning. However, Cleveland did something they should never do, and that’s pitch to Quentin. Quentin is hitting .500 (11-22) with 3 home runs vs. the Indians.
It was 104 degrees in Baltimore, but it was raining in Cleveland. I’ve been to Cleveland twice, and it’s rained each time. Nice city, but rains too much for me. 47 minutes of rain delayed the start to Friday’s game.
Adam Dunn is a huge man, but I have never seen a batter as big as him have more balls die at the wall. That’s at least 5 shots that appear to be headed for the seats, stop and drop in to the fielders glove. That’s what happened to the Big Donkey in the 9th inning on Friday. After 2 days off, Dunn did have 2 hits on Friday.
For the 4th straight game the Sox had one of their guys hit by a pitch. This time Gordon Beckham was the man. Gavin Floyd plunked Jason Kipnis though, who was making his major league debut. It’s a start, but I’d like to see someone knock down Travis Hafner, if for no other reason than to see him and Dunn square off. (I am joking).
Floyd pitched a fantastic game. In 2 post All-Star starts, Floyd has allowed only one run in 15.1 innings pitched. Since the ASB, the Sox starters have been lights out. Wish the offense would catch up.
Sox are 5-1 against the Indians, and only trail them by 3.5 games for 2nd place in the Central.
Edwin Jackson toes the rubber tomorrow. Jackson is coming off a shutout of division leading Detroit.