Good news, bad news for the Sox. Good news is they have split the first 2 with Cleveland, and haven’t lost any ground to Detroit. Bad News is they have lost AJ Pierzynski for a while with a wrist injury. Thank’s Bruce Chen. Well, when you hit 5 Sox batters, one is eventually gonna get hurt. Hopefully, the Sox won’t hit any of the Royal batters next time they face them—–Don’t worry, they won’t!
Say what you want about Pierzynski, but the man doesn’t miss time. The trip to the DL is his first…EVER! He has been in the Majors for 13 years. That encompasses nearly 1500 games. He is a true gamer. I remember there was a former Dodger named Mike Marshall (not the pitcher), who kept himself out of a game with overall body soreness.
Pierzynski gets beat up on a daily bases, and never asks for time off. This DL stay may drive him crazy.
How many more games can the Sox plow through their bullpen in an extra inning game. They went 14 on Tuesday, but they won, so all’s good.
Looked like Gavin Floyd was gonna throw the game of his life. At one point, he had struck out 5 straight, and 7 of 9, on his way to 9 k’s. Strike outs aside, Floyd still didn’t make it through the 6th, giving up 5 earned in 5.2 ip.
Sox should have won the game in regulation, but Alex Rios was unable to catch a Michael Brantley’s single, and Gordon Beckham bobbled a ball, that if he didn’t, might have gotten Esdrubal Carrera at the plate. Beckham made up for it by scoring the winning run in the 14th.
Juan Pierre continues to carry the Sox. Tuesday he hit his 2nd home run of the season, and only 16th of his career. He also added the game winning single in the 14th. On Wednesday, Pierre was held hitless for just the 2nd time in his last 17 games. The man can’t be stopped…much.
Jesse Crain had his good stuff on Tuesday. It looked gloomy for the Sox in the top of the 13th when Cleveland loaded the bases with 1 out, but Crain got out of it unscathed. The bullpen actually pitched well, giving up just 5 hits, and 2 runs in 8.1 innings.
With their 8-7, 14 inning win, the Sox moved over the .500 mark for the first time since mid April.
I know many of you were concerned about this, but Brian Bruney has left the Sox organization. After clearing waivers, he rejected the Sox attempt to send him to Charlotte. He can now sign with whatever team will have him. I am pulling for the Brewers, so he can reignite his feud with K-Rod.
Did you see it? I’m taking about the Paul Konerko slide. Since his left calf injury suffered against the Red Sox, Konerko has avoided sliding at all costs. Not on Tuesday, he slid on his right leg, but it’s still a slide.
5 triples! Yep the Sox hit 5 triples on Tuesday. I have never seen a team hit more than 2 in one game. Ale De Aza had 2 of them. De Aza is having a great series, going 5-11, a double, 2 triples, and 2 RBI. Tyler Flowers also had a triple. Not many catchers get triples, but at this stage of his career, Flowers has some wheels. Flowers now has as many triples as Pierzynski and Ramon Castro combined. Rios and Ramirez had the other triples.
About those triples. 1st time since 1920 that the Sox had that many 3-baggers in a game. Shoeless Joe Jackson, and Hall of Famer Eddie Collins had 2 of the Sox 6 triples for Kid Gleasons’s squad.
22 hits for the Sox on Tuesday was a season high. Every player, minus Brent Lillibridge, had a hit. Konerko and Brent Morel had 4 a piece. The game was a blast for 9 innings, then it went dead. I’m glad Pierre finally ended it because I was tired after 5 hours and 21 minutes.
Ubaldo who? The Sox showed no respect to new Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, who didn’t make it though the 5th inning. The Indians used 9 pitchers on Tuesday.
Fausto Carmona made sure they wouldn’t use that many on Wednesday. Carmona, who came in to Wednesday’s game with an ERA over 20, pitched like he did back in 2007, when he won 19 games. He pitched 8.1 solid innings, as the Indians evened the series at 1 game apiece.
The Indians also ended Mark Buehrle’s streak of allowing 3 runs or less in a gameat 18. The last time he allowed more than 3 runs in a game was April 22nd, against the Tigers. Another notch in his hat. Make sure to say hi to Buehrle on Friday, as he’ll be at Dominicks on Canal St. from 12-2pm.
The game on Wednesday was boring, but Zack Stewart was exciting. Every out Stewart recorded in his 1.1 innings of work was via the strike out. That trade the Sox made with Toronto looks better every day.
Rubber game tomorrow. Phil Humber goes for the Sox, while Justin Masterson gets the ball for the Indians.
Oh yeah, cheer a bit for Donny Lucy. A career minor leaguer, Lucy is back on the Sox while Pierzynski, and Castro mend their injuries.