O’k, one thing I can say with confidence. As of August 4th, the Yankees are a better team than the White Sox, in every way. Here’s the series.
Hits Runs Walks K’s ERA Starters Wins
50 34 9 26 3.00 3 Yankees
34 11 0 25 9.26 0 Sox
No walks allowed in 4 games for the Yanks–Incredible!!
One positive note, the Sox out hit the Yankees in game 1. See, not everything is negative.
Let’s go back 2 days. Was Wednesday an ugly effort, or what? The Sox gave up 18 runs! That’s the most they have allowed since giving up 20 to the Twins over 2 years ago. It truly was a beat down. The first three batters, Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson went 12-17, or a .705 average. Jeter had 5 hits for only the 4th time in his career. It seemed like Jeter was batting every inning. The Yankees pounded out 23 hits in all.
Gavin Floyd, with the understatement of the year, said “I wasn’t sharp with everything”. He gave up 10 earned runs in 2.1 innings, his worst start of his career. Remember how the New Yorkers jumped on the Sox in the first 3 innings of games 1&2? That ERA exploded in game 3. It came in at 6.00, it went out at 20.00, courtesy of the 13 runs posted by the 3rd inning in that game 3 spanking.
(Thursday, the Yankees scored 5 runs from the 7th to the 9th inning)
Things looked bleak, but the Sox showed a lot of character, scoring 5 runs in the 4th, and another in the 5th to cut the lead to 13-7, and drive AJ Burnett out of the game before he could get the victory. Embarrassing performance for the Yankees high priced right hander. Yankees still won 18-7.
Alejandro De Aza was one bright spot for the South Siders, going 4 for 4. He also added another hit on Thursday. Nice series for De Aza. Carlos Quentin added a home run as well on Wednesday, but the Sox just couldn’t match up to this hot Yankee team.
Jake Peavy, John Danks & Gavin Floyd couldn’t slow down the bombers, could Phil Humber? Humber looked close to the first half Humber. He didn’t get the win, but he did keep the Sox in the game until the 7th inning. Sox still lost 7-2, as the Yankees completed the 4 game sweep.
That was the first 4 game sweep for the Yankees over the White Sox in 35 years. The starters for the Sox in those games in 1976 were Terry Forster (Fat tub of goo), Bart Johnson, Rich Gossage (29 career saves at that point) & Ken Brett. One other similarity, in 1976 the Sox were in the midst of a 10 game losing streak. Now, the Sox have lost 6 straight.
Nice to see Paul Konerko back in the lineup. Konerko missed a few games with a calf injury, but still came back and banged out 2 more hits on Thursday. He was doubled off when Adam Dunn lined out to Jeter in the 4th. I believe that’s the 4th time in 4 games, a Sox guy was doubled off a base. That is not good.
Brent Morel made a real nice defensive play, throwing out Jeter at 2nd, when Jetes thought he would throw to first.
Beard or no beard, Brian Bruney is awful right now. He pitched one inning on Thursday, giving up another 3 earned runs. Bruney used to pitch in New York, and they may have ended his career in Chicago. In the 3 games, Bruney’s ERA is 40.00. Throw in that masterful 6 run performance on Sunday against the Red Sox, and Bruney’s ERA drops to a modest 33.00.
Did anyone see the blonde in the first row to the left of the plate on Thursday? Every time she was on camera, she had her back turned away from the action. Love fans, but I’d love to ask her about the game. Hey, at least she wasn’t waving at the camera, while talking on the phone. That is the most overused, stupid think out there. Yes, I would do it if I had a chance.
Adam Dunn hit a home run in the 9th inning Thursday. I talked to a big fantasy guy before the season. This guy told me that Dunn is known to hit home runs when they mean nothing. In the clutch, not so much, but when the game is decided he’ll knock one out. I don’t wanna believe that, as I think he has just run in to some real bad luck this year.
Sox now start a 3 game series in Minnesota. They trail the division leading Tigers by 6.5 games.