4/10 – Game 4 vs. Rays

My dad and I belong to a local club of magicians and every year they have a fun Christmas show where a bunch of the members do some of the shtick from their acts. We have this show in a party room at a Golden Corral buffet and believe me good times are had by all. Jokes are made at the performers’ expense, sometimes out loud so everyone can hear, and sometimes whispered from table to table. I only go for the food and the laughs because I’ve been around my dad so much that I know how all of the tricks work.

In the act of one of the magicians there was an object deemed the “Pitcher of Mystery.” (After each time he says it the audience is supposed to say “ooooohhh.”) I leaned over to my dad and said, “Pitcher of Mystery? Is Gavin Floyd gonna pop outta there?” My dad howled with laughter and everyone looked at us like we were idiots, but it was true.

Gavin Floyd is the Pitcher of Mystery. In the paraphrased words of Forrest Gump, “Gavin Floyd is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
Fortunately for us and unfortunately for Tampa Bay, we got the Good Gavin today. Floyd pitched eight innings of four-hit, one-run baseball, walking one and striking out eight. He really settled into a groove in the fourth inning when he struck out the side, catching B.J. Upton looking, Dan Johnson swinging, and Ben Zobrist also not offering at strike three. 
As for the offense, Gordon Beckham cracked his second home run of the season in the second inning and Paulie went deep twice (his second and third home runs) – all of which were solo shots. Brent Morel, Juan Pierre, and A.J. Pierzynski all drove in runs for a final total of six. Mixing together both power and solid hitting fundamentals today. 
You know, I actually forgot that Adam Dunn was on this team. I woke up this morning thinking about the lineup and how uncharacteristically good Mark Teahen has been in the DH spot, and I was happy with it. Can’t wait for Dunn to finally suit up for a Sox home game. Tomorrow? Tuesday?
Tony Pena receives two points for a good inning out of the bullpen. 
The Sox will welcome the Oakland Athletics into U.S. Cellular field for a three-game set, beginning tomorrow with Mark Buehrle (1-0, 7.36) taking on Dallas Braden (0-1, 6.43). That game will be at 7:10 pm. 

Bullpen Points Leaderboard
1. Sergio Santos – 4 points
2. Will Ohman – 3 points
2. Jesse Crain – 3 points
2. Matt Thornton – 3 points
2. Chris Sale – 3 points
3. Tony Pena – 2 points

In personal news, I’m going to the home opener of the Kane County Cougars tomorrow afternoon. I’m pretty sure I’ve blogged about them before, but this time I have the opportunity to hang out with radio play-by-play man Jeff Hem for a little bit before the game. Should be fun watching a professional broadcaster prepare for a ballgame. 
Go Sox!!

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