I have no idea what MLB was thinking. On Tuesday, the Sox played the Tigers at the Cell. On Wednesday, they started a two game series in Anaheim. Friday they pay the Cubs at Wrigley. What did the Sox do to Bud Selig, and company?
The Sox got mixed results in their 2 day, west coast swing. Gavin Floyd was knocked around the first day. Well, the Angels were on a mission, I guess. One day after firing long-time hitting coach Mickey Hatcher, they came out and actually hit the ball. 7 runs for the Halos, including home runs by Albert Pujols (A rocket), and Vernon Wells.
That was Floyd’s first bad start since a month ago vs. Baltimore. The 7 runs allowed by Floyd are the most he’s allowed this season, plus it’s just two runs less than his total allowed in his previous 6 starts. Either Floyd was off his game, or the Angels were on theirs. After the game, Manager Robin Ventura said the cross country trip had nothing to do with the Sox problems on the field Wednesday. I think, in Floyd’s case, it did affect him.
Are Dayan Viciedo and Paul Konerko crushing the ball, or what? In the 2 games, the Sox sluggers combined to go 9-15, with 2 home runs and 5 RBI. Viciedo has finally woken up, just in time to find a comfy spot on the Sox bench as interleague play starts.
Nice to see Jesse Crain back on the hill. Crain, who hurt a side muscle midway through the spring, came back to throw 2 perfect innings Wednesday and Thursday. His pickoff of lightning quick Mike Trout in the first game was a thing of beauty.
Thank goodness the Sox kept Chris Sale in the rotation. The lean lefthander can bring it, striking out 7 on Thursday. And other than Albert Pujols and maybe, Mark Trumbo, the Angels had no answer for the guy.
Can’t wait to see what Sale will be like with a little more experience under his belt. He still throws too many pitches, but that’ll be corrected in the future. Thursday, he threw 102 before leaving in the 6th inning. With that many pitches, he should have been in the 8th inning, at least.
He is a hard worker, so I can guarantee that’ll change as he gains more experience.
Gordon Beckham has no luck whatsoever. He went 0-5 on Thursday, but should have had a home run. His long ball attempt was taken from him by a leaping Vernon Wells.
Had a great two days working the games. Met a couple die hard, great Sox fans in Joe and Bea. Me, not always being the sharpest gus, asked her if she spelled her name, B-e-e. I’m sure it was either that, or wasp. Bea was kind enough to correct me.
Joe is a long-time Sox follower, think 60 years. He has seen the best, and worst, the Sox have had to offer over the years. They are 2 good, loyal fans, who just love their guys.
And thank you Bea for the Peter Bourjos bobblehead doll.
Finally, I want to talk about Kevin Hickey. The Sox special instructor passed away on Wednesday.
I worked around Hickey the past 9 springs, and found him to be, not only a great man, but a true Chicago White Sox.
There was never a day when you couldn’t find him doing something to make the team better. There was no project beneath him, no task too small. He was funny, friendly, and a pretty good ball player too. You will be missed by everyone you touched, Mr. Hickey.