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.
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…)
Opening Day of 2006 was one I’ll never forget. It was a Saturday night and the Sox were playing the Indians at 7:05; Mark Buehrle vs. C.C. Sabathia. They got to about the fourth inning when it started to pour with rain and the result was a near two-and-a-half hour rain delay, which meant I was up until close to 2 in the morning because I was keeping score.
Thankfully Opening Day of 2010 was a day game and we had seventy-degree weather here in Chicago for the Sox and Indians to enjoy, and boy did they enjoy it!
Mark Buehrle was absolutely dominant over his seven innings of work. Followed by free agent acquisition J.J. Putz, who also dominated, and then Matt Thornton, whose performance goes way beyond domination. From just the 2 innings of work our bullpen logged I think it’ll be a pretty good year as far as that aspect of the team is concerned.
From the offensive side of the ball there were a couple things that could change. First off, Mark Teahen needs to be off this team and we need Chris Getz and Josh Fields back. I didn’t like that guy when he was in Kansas City, I liked him less when he came to Chicago, and I liked him even less than that when he inked a 3-year contract with us. We either need to sign Joe Crede, call up Dayan Viciedo, or put Vizquel at third permanently, but of course none of that will ever happen and I’ll most likely be singing Teahen’s praises in a week or two.
I was more than excited when Quentin doubled in his first at bat. I was happy to see that his leg is strong enough for him to leg out a 2-base hit, and then make it all the way home on Konerko’s mammoth 2-run home run. I was also happy to see Alex Rios do something productive for maybe the sixth time while being a member of the White Sox. He homered and made a spectacular diving catch to end the game.
Of course I’d be put to shame if I didn’t mention the insane play Mark Buehrle made, so I saved the best for last. Basically, what he did was… well… gah, I can’t even explain it. He kicked a leg out in the direction of a line drive up the middle and managed to deflect it into foul territory near first base. He ran after it, gloved it and, without looking at Konerko at first, flicked the ball through his legs and directly at Paulie’s outstretched bare hand to get the out (okay, so I can explain it). That didn’t do it any justice whatsoever so, please, go here and watch the video.
The Sox don’t play again until tomorrow when they’ll send Jake Peavy to the mound to face 2007 rookie sensation Fausto Carmona. That game is at 7:05 pm and, as always, will be on AM 670 The Score as well as on TV on WGN.