Two springs ago, my White Sox posse and I marveled at the number of legitimate future stars there were on the Sox horizon. Among them were Gordon Beckham, Tyler Flowers (pictured above), Jordan Danks and Dayan Viciedo.
At least three of these “can’t miss” candidates took a step back in 2010. Beckham got off to a horrible start after a fine rookie season and ended the season injured. Flowers disappointed and there were whispers that he was no longer held in the high esteem as he was when he was acquired from the Braves in the Javy Vazquez deal. Little brother Jordan, who before last season was looked upon as a possible midseason call-up, gave no signs of being ready during the season at Birmingham. Viciedo didn’t necessarily take a step back, but he spent most of the season in the minors and transitioned from third to first. Despite his high strikeout ratio and inability to draw walks, his “electric bat” was impressive in his short stint in Chicago.
If yesterday was any indication, it’s a new day as the quartet led the Pale Hose to a 9-8 victory over the Rockies at Camelback Ranch.
–Beckham went 3 for 4 with an RBI
–Flowers went 2 for 2 with a homer and a pair of RBIs
–Danks went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs
–Viciedo went 3 for 4 with an RBI
Mark Teahen went 2 for 2 with a walk and an RBI, but the big news here is that he didn’t commit an error at third after recording four throwing errors in his last two games…Alejandro De Aza went 2 for 5…After pounding out 31 hits in the two games yesterday, the Sox came back with 17 today…Reliever Anthony Carter pitched a scoreless 1 2/3 innings.
With eight runs on the Rockies scoreboard, it’s no surprise that the pitchers were today’s culprits…John Danks gave up two runs, including a homer, five hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings of work…Matt Thornton surrendered two runs, two hits, a walk and blew a save in the seventh, although he got credit for the win…Freddy Dolsi gave up two runs and four hits in the eighth and Miguel Socolovich gave up a homer in the ninth before getting credit for the save.
The Sox travel to Scottsdale tomorrow to face the World Champion Giants.