The White Sox have finally found someone they can beat up. The Seattle Mariners are building what appears to be a pretty good team, but they are not there yet. The Sox haven’t done a lot, but they still have won the first 2 games of the 3 game series. Unfortunately, the Detroit Tigers refuse to lose, so the Sox have gained nary a game on the Central division leaders.
The Sox starting pitching has been lights out. Jake Peavy and John Danks have pitched a total of 16 innings, while allowing just 2 earned runs, and striking out 18. Peavy allowed the 2 runs, but he did win for just his 2nd win since June 28th. He now has 6 wins.
John Danks was literally lights out. Danks struck out 10 in pitching his first shut out since blanking the Angels in July of last year. The Mariners didn’t really threaten. Well they did get 2 on, with 1 out in the 6th, but a strike out and pop-up ended that. Danks now has 6 wins, the same as Peavy.
Brent Lillibridge has to be feeling good. He hasn’t done a whole lot offensively in the 2 games, but he did his a two run bomb on Friday. For Lillibridge, who grew up in Washington, and went to UW, it must feel pretty good to connect in front of his friends and family.
Saturday’s contest wasn’t the most exciting. Chicago didn’t get their first hit until the 4th inning. The Sox actually got 3 of their hits in that 4th inning. They only got one hit the rest of the game, a Alejandro De Aza’s solo home run in the 8th inning.
The strike out race is still on. Adam Dunn was leading Mark Reynolds of the Orioles by 3 on Saturday. Dunn is doing his best to keep the lead, as he added 3 more on Saturday.
The White Sox may have a tough time catching the Tigers, but that doesn’t mean they can’t beat up on a few of their former players. In 7 innings pitched, former Tigers prospects Charlie Furbush and Chance Ruffin have allowed the Sox 5 runs on 7 hits.
Nice to see Jeff Gray. You remember Gray, don’t ya? He pitched for the Sox earlier this year, but was DFA’d. He pitched 2 scoreless inning against the Sox on Friday.
The biggest news, I guess, is Dayan Viciedo is now on the team. With Carlos Quentin on the DL, Viciedo will finally make his first appearance with the big club in 2011. Great things are expected from the guy, who can pay 1st, 3rd and the maybe even the corner spots in the outfield. With Paul Konerko unable to play defense, I think he’ll be a first. Now, let’s see what he can do.
Sox Still trail the Tigers by 7 games, but there are still 32 games left. Gavin Floyd and Jason Vargas tomorrow as the Sox go for the sweep. If they get it, it’ll be just their 3rd series sweep of the year. Shocking, yes!
I know it doesn’t matter, but the last time Floyd pitched in Seattle he blanked the Mariners on 3 hits, over 8 innings.