I’ll start by giving a Carlos Quentin update. Q is out with a strained AC joint in his right shoulder. Let’s hope he can get back soon.
Thank’s Cleveland. Nice job this weekend in Detroit. While the Indians were going tails up in Motown, the Sox were putting a hurtin’ on the Rangers.
The Sox haven’t had too many laughers, and I’m sure no one expected Sunday’s finale vs. Texas to be one, but it was. Gavin Floyd pitched exactly how the Sox needed him to. 7 innings, 0 runs. If you take out the beating the Yankees laid on him 3 starts ago, Floyd’s ERA since the ASB is 2.18.
Floyd, along with John Danks, were impressive in the final 2 games. 14 innings, 2 runs allowed, for the 2 Sox starters. Even more impressive is that they did it against one of the hottest teams in baseball. The Rangers came in to Chicago having won 11 of their past 14 games, and torched Jake Peavy in the first game. But the Sox held these guys to 2 runs in the final 2 games, the least amount of runs Texas scored, in any two consecutive games, since early June.
The offense on Sunday was led by everyone. Every player minus Alexei Ramirez had a hit. And every Sox except Ramirez and Brent Morel had 2 hits or more.
Brent Lillibridge has 11 home runs in 154 at bats. I don’t know if he would continue that pace if he started every day, but he has earned more playing time, some where. Alex Rios also gave the home faithful a souvenir when he hit his 9 home run of the year in the 8th inning. May 21st was the last time Rios connected at home.
I should also mention Lillibridge’s defense. The man can seemingly play anywhere. He made an error at first on Sunday, but I ‘d still rather him out there than Adam Dunn.
How impressive is Tyler Flowers? He hit .400 on the 9 game home stand, threw guys out when they tried to steal (and when he had a chance), and showed some wheels on the base paths. His only blemish was the golden sombrero (4 strike outs) he picked up on Friday against the Rangers. White Sox have a lot of decisions to make this off-season.
Nice to see Gordon Beckham find his stroke–albeit for one day. With the criticism starting to mount, Beckham went 2-5. He came in to the game in a terrible slump, going 8 for his last 58. It was nice to see him not try to pull everything, as he went to right field for his first hit. Beckham did make a spectacular play in the first, throwing out Michael Young from short right field. Good to see his offensive struggles have not effected his defense.
It sucks that Paul Konerko will get his 2000th his on the road. The Captain came oh so close to getting it Sunday, but it just didn’t happen.
So the Sox win 3-2 on Saturday, and 10-0 on Sunday. They now head out west, for 2 with the Angels, and 3 in Seattle. Tigers start a series in Tampa Bay, while the Indians are home to the Mariners.
Sox are still 5 back, but…..ahh forget it, I’m not gonna jinx ‘em.