The long ball.
That’s been the key factor for the White Sox in the first two games of the Crosstown Series. On Friday, it was Paul Konerko‘s two-run homer and Gordon Beckham‘s tie-breaking blast that proved to be the difference in the 3-2 victory over the Cubs. Last night, Dayan Viciedo, A.J. Pierzynski and Adam Dunn all went deep in the Sox’s impressive 7-4 triumph.
Today, the Sox are hoping for more of the same and have the added bonus of having Jake Peavy on the mound. A win would give the South Siders a satisfying sweep and put them at the .500 mark.
Sox Notes of Note: According to reports, veteran second baseman Orlando Hudson (below), recently released by the Padres, is on his way to the White Sox. Word is he will back up Beckham and play a little third base as well. While he played third in the minor leagues, Hudson has never played the position at the big league level. I don’t see a downside with the signing, even though Hudson has been with five teams since 2008 and has been going downhill fast. He’ll be making the major league minimum salary and if he doesn’t cut it, it won’t be hard to let him go. Look at it this way, as a backup he brings a positive veteran presence and he can’t be much worse at the plate than Brent Morel has been…The baseball gods must be on our side as it looks like Captain Konerko has escaped the Friday beaning without any long-term issues. It could have been so much worse.