After Chicago exploded for 6 runs (6 runs for the Sox is an explosion) in Surprise, things have taken a turn for the worse the past 2 games.
A great crowd came out for the Sox-Cubs tilt on Friday. It really is a fun time at Camelback Ranch when these two meet. The park is truly electric. Unfortunately, the Cubs pitchers short-circuited the Sox hitters. a 5-1 loss in a game that took just over 2 hours.
It was Chris Sale’s first outing as a starter. After giving up 3 runs in 3 innings, Sale was not happy with his performance. From his point of view, I understand. It’s still his first spring start, so I don’t think Sox fans should worry. Sale is a stud, and in a few years you will see just how good he is.
Really, spring is hardly the time to worry about anything. Just because guys are tagging guys in the spring, doesn’t mean they will be hit a lick once the season starts. It is funny how we all get fooled by spring stats. You know who I’m talking about, the players that hit over .400 in March, or the pitcher that has 10 scoreless innings. We all get upset, railing on the powers that be, begging them to keep the spring phenom, as he will lead said team to a championship.
Than the weirdest thing happens. The season starts and that Ted Williams or Cy Young wannabe can’t hit, or get major league hitters out.
I will be the first to tell you that I wish the Sox were slamming 3 home runs a game, while pitching shutouts. But to be completely honest, I’d rather have them do that in Texas in early April.
General Manager Ken Williams has to be happy on Saturday. His son, KW Jr, hit the game winning infield single, in the bottom of the 9th giving the Sox a 3-2 win over the Rangers.
I can just feel die-hard Sox fan Brandi cringing right now.
The runs scored by the Sox snapped a 16 inning scoreless streak. Things looked real bleak for the Pale Hose early on, who didn’t get their first hit until a Paul Konerko single in the 5th.
I wonder if Konerko is alright. He appeared to hurt himself in the 7th, but eventually stayed in the game. The Sox cannot lose Konerko for any length of time if they expect to contend.
I wonder if Robin Ventura kept the players in a little longer today to hopefully get them hitting. Didn’t work. I do know that Konerko won’t be in the 2nd game’s lineup. Well, I don’t know that we won’t play, but I will bet he’ll be long gone.
Oh, didn’t I tell you? The Sox are playing a doubleheader on Saturday. Nothing says spring baseball like a double dip. I have been told that there will be fireworks after the game. I can only hope there will be fireworks during the game too–at least for the Sox.
Sox Cactus league record is now 2-4.