Tagged: Indians

No Apologies, We’ll Take It

The way I look at it, we were due to win a game when the opposition commits three errors, including a misplayed flyball that scored a pair of runs (by Ezequiel Carerra, shown above).

The result? Sox 4, Tribe 2.

With the offense still far from where we need it to be, the good news continues to be the Pale Hose pitching–especially the bullpen, where Jesse Crain, Chris Sale and Sergio Santos followed a solid performance by Edwin Jackson and pitched flawless relief.

The Sox have now won six of seven from the Indians this season, a rare winning record against a division foe. But as thrilled as we might be about winning two in Cleveland and moving to within 2 1/2 of the second-place Tribe, the next 13 games could very well tell the story of our season.

Starting tomorrow night, it’s three against the Tigers, three vs. the Red Sox and four against the Yankees at the Cell. Then it’s on to Minnesota to face the Twins for three.

We should know a whole lot more about where we’re headed after the matinee against the Twinkies on Sunday, August 7.

Like you, I’ll be watching on the edge of my seat.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Headline: White Sox shut out Indians, 3-0.

Last night’s game began like so many others as the Sox stranded seven runners in the first three innings. Witnessing that familiar phenomenon, it was a “throw up your hands in disgust” moment for me, especially since it appeared that Ozzie’s rant in Kansas City had absolutely no effect on the troops.

But the South Siders overcame the slow start out of the blocks with a second straight post-All-Star Game gem by Gavin Floyd and a three-run homer by Carlos Quentin to go 4-3 on the road trip.

The win is certainly cause for cautious optimism, but not celebration–yet. There’s still two more games in Cleveland, then a stretch where the Sox will host the Tigers (3), Red Sox (3) and Yankees (4) before heading to Minnesota (3). And our offense is still far from clicking. Case in point: Quentin, with three, has the only Sox homers since the break.

Where do we go from here? One day at a time.

Ozzie on Warpath as Sox Head to Cleveland

I wrote yesterday that unless there was something new to write about, I would wait until there was.

My hope was that I could blog today about the start of a Sox turnaround. As we all know, that didn’t happen last night as the Sox dropped a disheartening 2-1, 11-inning decision to the Royals–but something fresh and new did occur. There are a whole slew of critical comments from Ozzie, many of which reflect the disappointment and and frustration of White Sox Nation.

Here’s a sampling:

*  “(Bleeping) pathetic. No (bleeping) energy. We just go by the motions. We take the day off instead of (Thursday).”

*  “One day we’re good, three days we’re bad. We don’t have energy in the dugout. A horse (bleep) approach at the plate for the 90th time.”

*  “If we go to Cleveland and play the way we did in Kansas City, it’s going to be a (bleeping), dead-(bleep) July. That’s very bad. We’re wasting our money on this club if we go to Cleveland the way we were here.”

*  “That’s the team we have all year long. I talk (trash) because what I see. That’s all is see. Nothing against the Kansas City pitching staff. The way we go about our business here, horse (bleep).

I think you get the picture.

The Fausto Factor

Remember the good old days? Or, April 1 of this year to be exact.

It was Opening Day in Cleveland and the White Sox seemed to meet all of the high expectations set during the offseason by throttling the Tribe 15-10 on 18 hits. More specifically, they got to Indians’ starter Fausto Carmona (above) for 10 of the runs and 11 of the hits in just three innings.

We all know what happened to the Sox shortly after that. The offense went cold, mental mistakes were commonplace, the bullpen imploded and the disheartening losses began to pile up.

There’s some symmetry to the fact that as the Sox begin to escape their early season woes, having won nine of their last 12 to pull within five games of the .500 mark and eight games behind the division-leading Indians, that Fausto is again a factor in their success.

Carmona was on the mound again last night as the Sox won their third straight in the convincing 8-2 triumph. On this night in Chicago, the Pale Hose touched up the righthander for eight runs, seven hits and two walks in five innings. Carmona’s two-game total against the Sox amounts to 18 runs in eight innings. In 56 1/3 innings against the rest of the American League he has allowed just 16 runs. Go figure.

Sox Note of Note: It’ll be a homecoming this weekend for two of the stalwarts of the 2005 World Champs as Juan Uribe and Jon Garland (below) come to Chicago with the Dodgers for a three-game interleague series. Garland, in fact, will be the Sox pitching opponent on Saturday afternoon as he’ll be facing friend and former teammate, Mark Buehrle.

Sox Bats Come Alive in Win, Tie

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         Ramirez and Rios mirrored each other’s feats in games 126 miles apart

The White Sox offense finally came to life today, pounding out 28 runs and 31 hits in a split squad doubleheader separated by 126 miles. The Sox won a 12-1 drubbing of the Diamondbacks in Tucson and, after enjoying as much as a five-run lead over the Indians in Glendale, the South Siders settled for an ugly 16-16 tie when the game was called after nine innings.

Tucson Ups:
Alexei Ramirez homered in his first two at bats and added an RBI single…Ramon Castro also went deep…Brent Lillbridge doubled in three runs in a seven-run seventh…Jordan Danks collected two hits and scored twice…Edwin Jackson surrendered a lone run in 
3 1/3 innings while Chris Sale and Josh Kinney each pitched two scoreless frames…Sergio Santos pitched an unblemished  2/3 of an inning and Charlie Leesman hurled a scoreless ninth.
Tucson Downs:
Alexei committed an error, but he’s excused.
Glendale Ups:
While Ramirez clouted homers in his first two at bats against the D-backs, Alex Rios did the same at Camelback Ranch and drove in five runs…Mark Teahen went 2 for 2 with three RBIs and walked twice…Stefan Gartrell, seemingly a AAAA player, homered and singled in what was the go-ahead run in the eighth, snapping a 14-14 tie…Brandon Hynick was the only one of the six Sox pitchers NOT to give up a run. He struck out the side in the fifth in his only inning of work…Jared Mitchell, coming back from his unfortunate leg injury which caused him to miss all of the 2010 season, singled in the 16th Sox run…Dayan Viciedo went 3 for 5 with an RBI and Omar Vizquel had a pair of hits with a run batted in.
Glendale Downs:
Lucas Harrell started the game by giving up six runs, eight hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings and Gregory Infante surrendered four runs, five hits and a walk in the eighth as the Sox squandered a 14-10 lead…If this wasn’t bad enough, the Sox committed five errors. Leading the way was the human error himself, Teahen, with two throwing miscues. Granted, he was superb on offense today, but he simply can’t play the position. That’s four throwing errors in his last two games. Mr. Morel, you’ve got the job.
The Sox host the Rockies today at Camelback Ranch.

Note to Sox: Keep Teahen Away From Third

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The White Sox lost again today–8-3 to the Tribe–dropping to 1-5 in the Cactus League. Not much to glow about and the most frustrating part was Mark Teahen‘s two throwing errors at third base, which helped the Indians jump out to a 5-0 lead. Let’s face it, he can’t be trusted at the hot corner. Brent Morel, the job is yours.

The Ups:

Omar Vizquel was the only Pale Hoser to collect two hits and Paul Konerko doubled for the only Chicago extra base hit…Vizquel, Lastings Milledge and Gordon Beckham each had an RBI…Matt Thornton, Brian Bruney and Anthony Carter each pitched a scoreless inning.
The Downs:
Teahen, who also was thrown out at home trying to score from second base in the fifth inning…The Sox continued their failure so far this spring to sustain rallies and hit in clutch situations…Gavin Floyd, who suffered the loss, gave up four runs (three earned), a pair of hits and walked three in his two-plus innings of work. It broke the streak by Sox starters, who had gone five games and 10 innings without surrendering a base hit…Reliever Freddy Dolsi, who gave up the game-winning homer in Wednesday’s loss to the Reds, gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in the seventh and eighth innings to effectively take the South Siders out of the game.
Sox host the Royals tomorrow at Camelback Ranch, hoping to get back on the winning track.

Peavy’s Start Overshadows Weak Sox Offense

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Jake Peavy gave White Sox fans a big boost today as he delivered a sterling performance in his first appearance since he walked off the mound in agony last July 6 against these same Angels. The righthander pitched two scoreless innings, striking out a pair while walking one. In all, he made 26 pitches, 16 for strikes.

Peavy’s performance gave the five Sox starters the distinction of hurling five straight 
games–10 innings–without giving up a hit. Jake was preceded by Gavin Floyd, Mark Buehrle, Edwin Jackson and John Danks, each of whom hurled two innings in their first spring starts.
The Ups:

Sadly, Peavy, the “streak” and one scoreless inning apiece by Chris Sale, Sergio Santos and Charlie Leesman were pretty much the only positives for the Sox as they dropped a 3-1 decision to the Halos to go 1-4 on the spring. After getting shut out through eight frames, the South Siders finally scored as Brent Lillibridge singled in Jim Gallagher, who led off the ninth with a triple.
The Downs:

The Pale Hose offense collected only seven hits and left the bases loaded in both the fifth (with one out) and the sixth (with nobody out)…Not that he was the only inept Chicago hitter, but Adam Dunn went 0 for 4. He’s now hitting .091…After driving in the first (and only) Sox run in the ninth, Lillibridge killed a potential rally by getting picked off of first base with none out. Not a good thing if you’re on the roster bubble.
The Sox face the Indians tomorrow in Goodyear.