After a two-hour and 58 minute rain delay, last night’s White Sox game in Arlington had all the makings of a disaster. Thankfully, Carlos Quentin was on the scene and the pitching was just good enough for the 8-6 victory.
While the Sox held a 4-2 lead on the strength of Quentin’s first two of his three homers when the game was halted after three innings, the pessimist in me felt there was still trouble ahead.
One factor was that starter Jake Peavy wouldn’t return after the delay and the Sox would have to patch together the remaining six innings with their up and down bullpen. Second, that pen would have to face what is arguably the most potent lineup in baseball with the likes of Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, Adrian Beltre, Michael Young, Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus.
The Sox did indeed patch together their pen as all six available relievers saw action. And while the rarely dependable Tony Pena, youngster Chris Sale and the puzzling Matt Thornton were shaky (allowing a total of four runs and four hits), Will Ohman and Jesse Crain each pitched a scoreless frame and Sergio Santos rescued Thornton with a scoreless inning and a third for his seventh save.
All that said, the hero of the night was Quentin who recorded the first three-homer game of his career. His solo home run in the first gave the Sox an early lead, his three-run blast in the third widened the margin and his homer in the ninth gave the South Siders some breathing room, setting the stage for Santos’s save.
Another story within the story was Ozzie moving Quentin into the third spot and Adam Dunn down into the fifth hole. Did it work? I’ve documented CQ’s performance and wonder of wonders, Dunn actually went deep, his fifth of the season and first since May 11.