It’s only one game, but if the White Sox continue to play like they did in last night’s 8-2 win over ace Justin Verlander and Tigers, I’m “All In.”
For those of us who endured the season’s first half, the victory was a bit of a shock to our systems. We saw several things we rarely or never saw before the All-Star break. Here’s a sampling:
–A win over the Tigers
–A triumph in the A.L. Central
–Soundly defeating Verlander, arguably the league’s hottest pitcher
–An eight-run outburst
–A solid performance by Gavin Floyd
–A clutch single by Adam Dunn that drove in a pair of runs
–A terrific outing by Will Ohman, who has significantly improved since the start of the season
–A pair of hits and sparkling defense by Mark Teahen
–Key production from Gordon Beckham, who is looking to recapture his rookie form
All this and the usual solid performances by our All-Stars, Paul Konerko (a hit, three walks and a run scored) and Carlos Quentin (3 for 5 with three RBIs), made it a fun return to Sox baseball.
It’s premature to pop the champagne and if the South Siders don’t win this series we’re back to where we were. But I’m cautiously optimistic that the second half will be different than the first.