Last year, John Danks didn’t win his first game until June 6th. It’s only April 11th and Danks now has one victory. He had to earn this one, but a win is a win.
If you watched the game, you might have been a tad frustrated. Sox gave him a 4-0 lead, but it appeared that he would give it all back. 5 walks, wild pitches and clutch Indian hitting almost sent him to the showers.
If you looked real closely, you would have seen Danks blowing on his hand after nearly every pitch, and after every inning.
The reason he was so wild was that he couldn’t feel his fingers. Dah, huh. It looked like a miserable day in Cleveland, and both pitchers felt its wrath.
The hitters were just fine.
AJ Pierzynski wasn’t getting the results he wanted, but he is swinging a lethal bat. Today, it finally payed off. 3 hits, including a soul crushing 3 run jack in the Sox 5 run, 5th inning. The home run was important because it came right after the Indians smartly walked the always clutch Paul Konerko. I guess Tyler Flowers will have to wait a bit longer to claim the catcher job.
Ale De Aza has also started strong. He hit a bomb as well. He and Pierzynski lead the team with 2 home runs. De Aza’s hme run proved to be the game winner.
You know who looks like they are gonna take off? Dayan Viciedo. He hit two moon shots that on any normal day would have been on the seats, but today died in the outfield. His outs were hit to center and right, which is also a good sign.
I’m am in no way am getting a head of myself. Last year the Sox did the same thing, winning an early series in Cleveland, even scoring double digits in one of the games. Right now they look good, but lets see what happens this weekend.
It’s the Sox first home series, and it comes against their rivals from Detroit. The Tigers have beaten, or more like humiliated, the Sox 6 straight times. The Sox last win over the Tigers was late July of last year.
Time to turn that around. Jake Peavy gets the ball in game one, and I can guarantee you he’ll be pumped.