It happened, Finally! The Sox broke their 7 game losing streak. John Danks broke his 3 start losing streak, and the Sox, for the first time this year, beat Bruce Chen. Break out the Champagne.
The Sox have now pulled to within 14 of Detroit, pending the outcome of the Tigers game, it could be 13.5. Yes, there may be only 10 games left, but if MLB expands just the Sox schedule, they’ll win the Central, I promise.
Danks got back on the beam today. After allowing 19 earned runs over his past 3 starts (11.25 ERA), Danks only allowed 3 today, over 6 innings. Considering he started 0-8, his 7-12 record doesn’t look so bad.
Chen, the Royals lefty, has dominated the Sox all year. Coming in to today, Chen had a 3-0 record, and an 0.90 ERA vs. the Sox. He has 11 wins, could a third of them come at the Sox expense? Not on Sunday. The Sox rocked the left hander for 4 runs in less than 6 innings, on their way to a 10-5 victory.
The Sox offense came to play. Paul Konerko hit his 30th home run of the year, while AJ Pierzynski hit a pair of bombs, while driving in 4 runs.
You want even bigger news than that? Adam Dunn chipped in with 2 hits off Chen. That was his first 2 hit game in nearly a month. To be fair, he hasn’t played much lately. Dunn is now hitting .165, but he also has 161 strike outs. I liked that stat when I read it the other day.
I guess Mike Moustakas has figured out how to hit Sox pitching. After starting his career by going 0-35 against them, the young Royals slugger now has hits in 7 of his last 12 at bats against Sox pitching.
Oh, you want me to talk about Saturday’s game? Find something positive about it. Got it, Sox led 1-0 after Alex Rios hit his 11th home run of the year in the 2nd inning. Did great stuff happen after that? Nope, Royals scored 10 of the games next 12 runs, and blew out Chicago 10-3.
Sergio Santos is creaking toward the end of the Season. Pitching the 9th on Sunday with a 6 run lead, he gave up 1 run, before eventually closing the door. Santos has allowed 3 earned runs in his last 2.1 innings pitched.
So now head to Cleveland, where they’ll play a doubleheader starting Tuesday. Gavin Floyd and Dylan Axelrod will take the hill for the Sox.
If the Sox can sweep, they’ll own 2nd place in the Central.
Let the nail biting begin–haha