Yet another nail-biter to add to the April pile.
The first game of this series went eleven exciting innings, fronted by Andruw Jones’ breakout day at the plate. Andruw went 3-4 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI, giving him 5 RBI in the past five plate appearances. Jake Peavy once again struggled during his time on the mound but we came away with the win so I guess its excusable.
We wouldn’t have gotten to eleven innings if it weren’t for Mark Teahen (Uh-oh… here’s where I start accepting him…) and his game-tying homer to lead off the top of the ninth inning.
J.J. Putz came on in the eighth inning and struck out two batters, followed by Matt Thornton’s two innings of work, which included four strike outs (giving him ten on the season). Bobby Jenks came on in the eleventh inning and nailed down the save, meaning he’ll earn his “Bad” status in 19 more trips to the mound if he keeps this up.
The Sox send Gavin Floyd (0-0, 3.40) to the mound tonight to face Rickey Romero (0-0, 1.34). Let’s hope Andruw Jones stays hot and Floyd can pitch a decent enough game to even our record at 4 wins and 4 losses.
It was a close game but the Sox managed to salvage a win from this series.
I was at the home opener of the Kane County Cougars, a single-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s, so I didn’t actually hear any of the game. However, I was catching updates from the two older gentlemen a row ahead of me and my sister, so I knew what was going on… sorta…
The game was tied 4-4 until the bottom of the eighth inning when Andruw Jones, pinch hitting for Mark Kotsay, laced a single through the hole between third base and short. Carlos Quentin came chugging around third base as the ball was being thrown in towards home plate. As Quentin neared the batters’ box area the ball actually hit him in the back of the foot and deflected away from Joe Mauer, allowing Quentin to score without a bang-bang play at home.
Mark Buehrle gave up four runs on eight hits while striking out one and walking two in eight solid innings of work. Just Big Bobby Jenks came on in the bottom of the ninth to close things out for his first save of the season. If Jenks wants the “Bad” to be put back in his nickname I’m going to need to see this type of outing another twenty times.
The Sox are 2-4 after our six-game season-opening home stand and travel to Toronto tonight to face the Jays. Jake Peavy (0-0, 5.40) faces Brian Tallet (1-0, 2.70) in game one of this three-game series.
I don’t even feel like writing a full review on this game so I’m just gonna say that Quentin homered and that’s pretty much the only good thing that came from tonight’s action.
Jenks was decent; Putz gave it a try but let the Indians blow the game open; Thornton (for the third game in a row) was lights-out; Teahen can’t do anything… nobody on the team can come through in the clutch except for Beckham if you need him to make a sacrifice bunt or Pierre to take a walk.
We welcome the Twins into town tomorrow for game one of a three-game set. Minnesota sends left-hander Francisco Liriano to the mound while the Sox counter with fellow southpaw John Danks.
7:05 for the first pitch and as always you can catch it on 670 The Score beginning at 6:30.
Go Sox!! (Please get a win tomorrow… doing this is much more fun when you win…)
Well, you win some, you lose some, and even with the 2007 National League Cy Young award winner on the mound… we lost some…
Jake Peavy struggled his way through five innings of three-run baseball, and even though he only gave up three runs, it was painful to watch at times. It seemed to me like he was trying to get the batters to chase his breaking pitches that were outside of the zone anyway instead of getting a good fastball over to start things off. He did manage five strikeouts, one of them against Travis Hafner with two on and two out to end the third inning, but it was a rough first start for Peavy.
Juan Pierre was able to draw a walk from Fausto Carmona (one of six) to lead off the ballgame and ended up stealing his way to third. He was then driven in on a sacrifice fly from Paul Konerko allowing the Sox to jump ahead early. In Konerko’s second at-bat he cracked his second home run of the season, a 2-run blast into the bullpen in left field, to put the Sox up 3-0.
Unfortunately that’s where our scoring stopped and where Cleveland started to pile on gork shots, bloopers, and in-betweeners to eventually tie the game. Peavy was pulled after the end of the fifth inning which gave our so-far stellar bullpen a chance at some early action.
Randy Williams was the first to toe the rubber. He pitched an inning and a third, giving up the run that would saddle him with the loss.
Then came Tony Pena who pitched two thirds of an inning surrendering a hit and a walk in a decent effort.
Matt Thornton was once again lights-out, sandwiching a strikeout between two ground outs.
The bottom of the ninth inning brought on Big, Bad, Bobby Jenks… who is now officially demoted to “Just Big” Bobby Jenks. He let the final run of the game come across home plate while also walking two and striking out two. I know I said watching Peavy struggle was bad, but this was even worse. Peavy we need every five days while Jenks we’ll need close to fifty times this year.
We’ve only played two games and everyone in the division is currently tied for first until the Twins game finishes, at which time they’ll be in first by half a game, so there really isn’t anything to complain about.
Tomorrow we finish off the series by sending Gavin Floyd to the mound to face Justin Masterson. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 and, as always, you can catch all the action on AM 670 The Score starting with Chris Rongey’s pre-game show at 6:30.