One thing came out of the just completed Sox-Cubs Windy City Rivalry. The Sox are better than the Cubs at just about every position. Some could argue that shortstop is a toss up, but in terms of longevity, you have to take Alexei Ramirez.
I digress. The Sox didn’t take 2 of 3 like I thought they would. No, they swept the Cubs right out of Wrigley. That was also the Sox first sweep of the Cubs in almost 13 years.
And they did it every way possible. They did it with their bats. In the 3 games, the Sox smacked 3 home runs, including a pair by Adam Dunn and Gordon Beckham.
They did it with pitching. Their 3 starters, Phil Humber, John Danks & Jake Peavy combined for an ERA of 0.94.
Take away Zach Stewart’s 4-run meltdown on Saturday, and the pen had a zero ERA in 7 innings.
The teams did tie in the error and stolen base department. Each side had one each.
The big question coming in as how Robin Ventura would get Dayan Viciedo’s bat in the lineup. With Paul Konerko out after being hit by a pitch in game one, that questioned was answered.
Viciedo took over where the Captain left off. In the 3 games, Tank went 4-11 with a home run and 3 RBI.
Dunn was also deadly with a bat in his hands, or when it was taken out of his hands. The Big Donkey went 2-8 with 2 home runs, 2 RBI and 6 walks. Dunn now has 14 home runs, tying him for second in the AL, 4 back of Josh Hamilton.
That big sigh of relief you heard came from John Danks, who threw a gem in game 2. the man pitched into the 7th, allowing no runs. If you remove his horrible start last Tuesday vs. the Tigers, Danks ERA in his last 2 starts is a minuscule 1.37. I think that’ll keep him employed for one more start (haha).
Sox won game 2, 7-4.
Another high five goes out to Jake Peavy, who was masterful on Sunday. Peavy is back to being what the Sox thought he was when they acquired him years ago. Peavy is 5-1 with a 2.39 ERA after today’s dominating no run 6+ innings today. Sox won 6-0.
The shutout tossed at the Cubs was the first one thrown against the team all season.
In my preview of the series, I said the Cubs better watch out for Alejandro De Aza. They pretty much controlled the Sox leadoff guy, until the finale when he picked up 2 hits and a stolen base.
At 21-21, the Sox find themselves in second place, just 2.5 back of the first place Indians.
The Sox now get a well deserved day off before checking out the Twins for the first time this season.