Resilient. I think that’s the best way to describe the White Sox performance the past 2 days.
On Tuesday, the came from 3 runs down, twice, to finally put away the Twins, 8-6. Wednesday, they almost came back from a 6-0 deficit, only to fall 7-6. Where was this resiliency in April, May, June & July?
The Sox had a chance to win on Wednesday, loading the bases in the 8th, but Tyler Flowers lined to third. Then in the 9th, Alex Rios struck out with the tying run on first. The Sox scored 3 times in the 8th and 9th innings, but were unable to pull it out. Love the resiliency though.
Didn’t understand why Alejandro De Aza got Wednesday off, but Brent Lillibridge, I guess his replacement since Paul Konerko DH’d. did hit a home run. De Aza has been playing great ball lately. After going 1-3, with 4 RBI on Tuesday, he came back with a pinch hit double in the 9th inning on Wednesday. They have to find away to get his bat in the lineup.
Paul Konerko and Dayan Viciedo were offensive stars in games 2 and 3. The Captain went 4-7, with 4 RBI and 2 walks. Viciedo was just as dangerous, going 3-7.
Pitching is another matter. After getting a number of standout performances by their starters lately, Zach Stewart and Jake Peavy were downright bad Tuesday and Wednesday. If you look at the lines, you would think Peavy pitched better than Stewart. I disagree. Stewart gave up 6 runs in 4.2 innings. Peavy on the other hand, gave up 6 runs in 5 innings.
The difference, Stewart gave up 3 runs in the 4th and 5th inning, but the Sox could still get back in the game. Peavy, on the other hand, gave up 6 in the first. That is quite a mountain to climb, for any team. Down 6-zip before you evan have an at bat, that had to be demoralizing for the Sox. And no, I am not saying that either of the performance was good, I am just saying 3 runs down seems a lot easier to come back from than 6.
Peavy pitched well after that 6 run outburst, retiring the next 11 Minnesota batters. I wonder if Peavy is wearing down? Missing as much time as he did, I wonder if the Sox will shut him down once they feel they are out of the race. They don’t really have anybody to replace him with, and he is a gamer, so I suppose they’ll just keep throwing him out there.
The Sox pen was outstanding, allowing 1 run in over the two days. Unfortunately, the 1 run that Jason Frasor gave up on Wednesday proved to the difference in the game. Frasor must feel snake bit. He’s really had a tough time since joining the Sox from Toronto.
Jason Kubel only had 2 hits on Tuesday and Wednesday, but they both left the park. A 3-run blast on one day, and a 2-run blast the next. I remember reading about the Sox putting in a waiver claim on Kubel, but it turned out to be Cleveland that did it. I think it would’ve been nice to just not see him in this series.
I mentioned that Adam Dunn’s at bats may decrease. Well, he got one on Wednesday. He struck out.
AJ Pierzynski and Phil Humber began their rehab assignments, in Charlotte. Pierzynski, who’s recovering from a wrist injury, went 0-3 in his first game.
Humber, who took a ball off the forehead, went 5 innings allowing 7 hits, and 4 earned runs. He did strike out 5.
Both should be back soon, making the Sox even stronger.
The biggest series of the year for the Sox stars Friday in Detroit. John Danks goes against Justin Verlander. Danks has given up 4 runs in 12 innings this year against Detroit. He has struck out 18 Tiger batters.
Verlander has allowed the Sox 9 earned runs over 21 innings in three starts against the Sox, while striking out 21.
Sox have to win at least 2 of 3. If they don’t, it’ll be wait ’till next year. They trail by 6 games right now.
Things will get interesting of the Sox come to play.