Watched a regular season game today, and a spring game broke out. The Sox didn’t look as sloppy as they did today on any day in February or March.
Dayan Viciedo has to call off Alexei Ramirez in the 1st inning before they run into each other. The crowd wasn’t big, or loud so communication shouldn’t have been a problem. Viciedo compounded the problem by committing a horrible error in the 3rd that gave Kansas City their first run.
Left field was the Bermuda Triangle today as the usually solid Dewayne Wise also dropped a catchable ball in the 7th.
With four more today, the White Sox are on pace to hit over 400 home runs. They have scored six runs in two games, all of them via the long ball.
With Mr. Meatball himself, Ervin Santana was throwing for the Royals, so I knew balls would be flying out of The Cell. Watching him last year with the Angels, Santana allowed 39 home runs. With the way he pitched today, he could allow 70 or more.
Tyler Flowers will break Barry Bonds home run mark by the all-star break. That is, if he continues hitting one a game. That breaking pitch Santana threw him must have looked like it was on a tee.
Flowers 2, Pierzynski 0
Other bombs were hit by Dunn, Viciedo (making up for his error) and Ramirez, who teed up Luke Hochevar.
Jake Peavy’s fastball was clocked ay 93mph today, which was faster than any he threw last year. Two games in and Chris Sale and Jake Peavy have allowed 1 run in 13.2 innings. That’s a ERA of 0.68. They also have 13 strikeouts. Nice to have two studs at the top of the rotation.
The strength of the Sox is their pen and they have been dominant through the first couple games. Every man in the pen has pitched and their ERA is a sparkling zero. Donnie Veal & Matt Lindstrom, making his team debut, pitched out of a bases loaded, 1-out jam in the 7th inning.
Paul Konerko is now tied with Frank Thomas for 3rd place on the Sox all-time hit list with 2,136. He is still 334 back of the #2 guy Nellie Fox and 613 back of the the all-time leader Luke Appling. Don’t think he’ll catch either. He’ll still get a nifty picture on the Cell wall a few years from now.
Adam Dunn has made it his goal to hit earlier in counts. So far, so good. On his two hits Dunn saw a grand total of three pitches.
Lorenzo Cain meet Gordon Beckham. Two games, 2 robberies by the Sox 2nd baseman. On Wednesday he went up the ladder to rob the Royals left fielder.
Gavin Floyd tries to complete the sweep tomorrow. Jeremy Guthrie is throwing for the Royals, and he usually dominates the Sox.