Make it 5 in a row for the surging White Sox. Finally playing like they were supposed to all year, the Sox have their longest winning streak of the season. And they have done it with clutch hitting, nice defense and decent pitching.
Typical. I raved about how Brent Morel had committed just 1 error since May 9th. So what’d he do on Monday? You guessed it, he committed an error. Matt Wieters kicked the ball out of Morels glove on a play at 3rd, a great play, but I am glad Morels hand wasn’t in there as it probably would have been broken if it was. Wieters has been a pain in the ass in the first two games, going 4-7.
I read where John Danks said he wants to remain with the Sox forever. That doesn’t surprise me as the guy in the next locker, at least in the spring, is Mark Buehrle. I think the Sox see Danks as the next Buehrle, when the real guy is not on the team. They are gonna have to pony up a lot of money to keep him. I still see Danks in Texas or Houston, at some point. Just my opinion.
For the 2nd straight start, Danks didn’t look like the crisp Danks that we have come to know. The Sox staked their left hander to a 4-0 and 5-3 lead. I thought the game was over. Stupid, huh? Danks gave it all that back, and more. Well, Jesse Crain gave up the 3-run bomb to JJ Hardy, but they were put on base by Danks. Morels error also hurt, but Danks, to me, wasn’t sharp.
I love baseball. Crain comes in and gives up the go ahead 3-run home run to Hardy. All told, he faced 8 batters, allowing 4 of them to reach base, plus the actual go ahead run for the O’s in the 7th, but since the Sox came back when he was on the mound, he got the win. Love the vulture wins.
Loved the Sox comeback. Not just that they came back, but the camaraderie they showed. When Alex Rios singled home Carlos Quentin with the eventual winning run, did you see Quentin’s reaction? He was gesturing, and pointing at Rios. It’s been a grind for Rios, some brought on by himself, but it’s good to see Q give him an attaboy.
Since the slight change in his batting style, Rios is hitting a cool .411. Batting, Rios’ hands were held high in Toronto. They were brought lower with the Sox last year, and he had a fine year. This year, they finally got him to raise his hands a bit, and he is hitting again. Viola!
By hitting a home run on Monday, Gordon Beckham now has 9, with 33 RBI. Adam Dunn has 11, and 40. Unless your name is Davey Johnson, and this is 1973, your 2nd baseman shouldn’t be close to out-homering a guy who is paid to his home runs.
Way to get back on track Gavin Floyd. 5 days after being shellacked by the Yankees, the right hander came back to give up 3 runs in 6.2 innings, for his 10th victory of the year. He does owe Morel dinner. That play Morel made in the 7th, stopping Hardy’s scorcher that appeared ticketed for the corner, and tying the game, was amazing. Morel also hit a 2-run shot. Not a bad day, or series, for the rookie.
Quentin also hit his 24th home run of the year on Tuesday. The Sox have hit 11 home runs in their past 5 games.
Boy, it is tough watching Paul Konerko run. Completely healthy, Konerko may be one of the slowest guys in the league. With a nerve problem in his calf, Konerko looks like he is running in mud. He didn’t even attempt to slide in to 3rd on Monday, when he got tagged out in the 6th inning. Me must be in some sort of pain. I read where Doctors assured him that the nerve damage isn’t permanent.
Ozzie Guillen has changed how he is using his bullpen. Shorter stints for everyone. He used to let his pitchers get through innings, if they could. He does the lefty-lefty, righty-righty thing quite a bit now. As Michael Keaton said in “Mr. Mom”, what ever it takes.
How does Buck Showalter not get thrown out of every game? The Orioles are mess. They used to be a tiffany organization. Now they are a dull, bad team, that plays in a beautiful stadium. Don’t fret Orioles fans, if Showalter hangs around for 3-4 years, then gets fired, the next guy will take them to the World Series, and win. That what happened in New York, and Arizona.
Yeah, you got me, I am rambling. I am watching the Tigers-Indians game right now. Indians win it 3-2 in 14 innings. Nice job David Pauley. Sox now 4 games out of first, and 1 game under .500.
Phil Humber and Tommy Hunter go tomorrow.