Come on, did any of you really think the Sox were gonna sweep the Cubs for the 2nd time this year? There wasn’t a chance in hell, not in a rivalry as heated as this one.
I did think the Sox would win two of the games, but I’ll have to live with one.
The Cubs pitchers did a great job in the first two games. The Sox only pitched well in one of the first couple games.
I feel bad for Zach Stewart. He is the swingman for the Sox, and that may be the most thankless position to be in. He started due to John Danks continuing shoulder problems.
Stewart made it through 2 innings before the Cubbies started teeing off. Every time I looked up, I saw a ball leaving the park. Did the Cubs know what he was throwing? Stewart shouldn’t feel bad as the Cubs beat up the pen as well. Will Ohman and Nate Jones combined to give up 6 earned runs in 2/3 of an inning. Jones has given up 7 earned runs this month, and they have all come in less than 1 inning of work.
On the other side of the coin is Jake Peavy, who gave up 2 runs, 1 earned, but still lost for the 3rd time in 9 decisions. At one point, Peavy retired 16 straight batters in pitching his 3rd complete game of the year. Unfortunately, the Sox were unable to do anything with Travis Wood. Wood, who doesn’t appear to throw hard enough to break a plane of glass, fooled the Sox all night. I didn’t count, but I don’t think he threw very many first pitch strikes.
Sox had 10 hits, and 4 runs through the first 2 games. The only highlights were home runs by A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko. That’s about it, as far as offense is concerned.
Than there was game 3. Once again, I am completely wrong. I suggested that Gavin Floyd might find his way to the pen if he doesn’t right himself. At least for one start, he righted himself. 4 hits, no runs in just over 6 innings of work. That’s the first time Floyd has allowed less than 5 earned runs since the 11th of May.
The Sox exploded offensively in the finale. Randy Wells didn’t pitch horribly, but the Sox dinked an dunked him to death. Their first 3 RBI were opposite field hits by Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham.
Beckham matched his season high with 4 RBI, including his 9th home run of the year in the 9th inning. Beckham appears to be proving the Sox brass right by slowly, but surely finding his stroke.
Maybe it’s just inter-league play, but it appears that baseball has adjusted to Dayan Viceido. The Sox right fielder is hitting just .152 in June. Time for him to adjust back.
The Sox have Thursday off before starting a 3 game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Sox have fallen to second place, a half game back of the Indians.