Curse Robinson Cano and his talent.
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.
I’ve always considered myself a fan of Omar Vizquel. He’s been an above average player for most of his whole career, and at forty-three-years-old is still going strong… I think…
With that out of the way, I have no idea why we completed this deal. Was it just to fill a roster spot because none of the rookies are deserving of a call-up? I know the infield is questionable at the moment, but why would we bring in Omar Vizquel? He’s starting to become the Kenny Lofton of the infield — a player who is still good enough to start but can’t seem to find a way to stay on a team for more than a year.
We’ve got Teahen at third base, and he’s pretty young. Ramirez and Beckham up the middle are young guys, too. And then you have Konerko at first base; the “curmudgeonly old man” of the South Side infield. Where will Vizquel play? I know we only brought him in to be a positional spot-starter, but who’s he gonna spot-start for? He can’t play first base (that I know of) so that’s out of the question. Beckham and Ramirez could play two hundred games a season for all the care, and if Teahen gets off to a hot streak and is benched by Ozzie so Vizquel can start, that could mess up Teahen entirely.
I’m glad I’m not the manager of the team and am just a lowly amateur blogger. If I was the manager, the team would be more of a mess than it is right now.
And don’t even get me started on general manager…
When you turn on sports radio, you expect to hear breaking news. However, you don’t expect to hear that two promising players were traded to the Kansas City Royals for a couple bats and a bucket of baseballs.
Oh, we got Mark Teahen too, but I’m more excited about the equipment.
The Sox dealt corner infielder Josh Fields and second baseman Chris Getz to Kansas City today for slugging utility man Mark Teahen. Teahen will most likely play second base seeing as we sent Getz away. Mark may also play right field if we decide to unload Jermaine Dye on someone (which seems to be the reason for this trade).
Could Brent Lillibridge slide into the second base slot? What about moving Ramirez to second, Beckham to short stop, and then bringing in — or bringing up — a third baseman?
We also inked first basmean and outfielder Mark Kotsay to a one-year deal today. I’m glad to see Mark will be coming back to the Sox. I remember listening to AM 670 The Score on the day we got Kotsay from Boston, and this person sent a text into the station that was read on the air, and the text said, “Kotsay is a slightly better version of Darrin Erstad.”
I could only chuckle in agreement, but he’s still a good player.