You have to give the Sox credit.
They found themselves facing the most unenviable of positions tonight after losing John Danks to an oblique strain after 1 2/3 innings. There they were needing to fill the remaining 7 1/3 innings a day after the entire bullpen was used in the 14-inning marathon defeat.
But survive they did as the combination of Brian Bruney (2 1/3), Jake Peavy (4) and Sergio Santos (1) had Danks’ back and shut out the red-hot Nationals, 3-0. Peavy improved his record to 4-1, allowing just one hit and striking out seven For the record, it was his first major league relief appearance.
The run the Sox scored in the first on a Carlos Quentin sac fly was all the South Siders needed. But they tallied two insurance runs in the eighth on a Ramon Castro single to breathe a little easier.
The Sox were unsure of Danks’ status following the game. He will very likely have to go on the DL, in which case a reliever will be added with the club going with the conventional five-man rotation.
The White Sox go for their 18th consecutive interleague series win tomorrow with Phil Humber on the mound.
Many of the most cherished moments with my now 88-year-old Dad, Seymour Berke, have been following the White Sox and going to countless games at old Comiskey and the Cell. In 1959, my Dad was able to get two tickets to Game 1 of the World Series, which the South Siders won 11-0. The bad news is that he had to work and didn’t go with me. For the next 46 years I regretted that I never got to go to a Sox World Series game with him. Then, in 2005, my disappointment ended. There we were at Game 1 of the ’05 Series witnessing the 5-3 win over the Astros.
It was a priceless moment that neither of us will ever forget. Sometimes I look back and think it was too good to be true, but I see that picture of the two of us in our Sox jackets and I know it really happened. And his comment after our heroes had finally won the World Series in Houston, was just as memorable. He said, ”All those games, all those years, we finally did it.”
Happy Father’s Day, Dad, and thanks.
Sox Notes of Note: Last night’s much-needed 6-2 win over the D-backs was a combination of surprise–Alex Rios‘ homer and four RBIs–and same old, same old, with Paul Konerko‘s 18th homer of the season. And it is comforting to know that John Danks is on the way back with his third consective win…We all breathed a sigh of relief when Danks was able to recover from being hit on the back of the head off the bat of Stephen Drew (He’s pictured below showing off the subsequent bump). It resulted in two Arizona runs, but that was the least of our worries at the time. …It apparently was a night danger as a Brent Lillibridge foul ball hit Konerko’s brother (thumb) and Paulie’s father (chin). Both were sitting right behind the Sox dugout…Sox try to end the road trip at 2-3 this afternoon with Phil Humber on the mound before heading back to the Cell to face the Cubs.
Thanks to tonight’s 3-2 win over the A’s, Sox fans can take comfort in the fact that last night’s devastating loss was just one isolated setback and not the start of a downward slide.
In fact, the South Siders were able to creep within three games of .500 and 4 1/2 games of both the Indians and Tigers, who are now in a virtual tie for the A.L. Central lead.
Tonight’s headliners were Brent Lillibridge, who robbed Coco Crisp of a two-run, potentially go-ahead homer (pictured above), and John Danks (below, getting a well-deserved ovation from the fans), who won his second consecutive game after eight straight losses. He gave up only two runs and four hits in 7 2/3 innings.
The Sox end their 10-game homestand tomorrow with Phil Humber on the mound, attempting to give the Pale Hose a 6-4 record since returning to the Cell a week ago last night. Then it’s off to Minnesota and Phoenix for three-game series vs. the Twins and Diamondbacks before coming home to face the Cubs.
John Danks‘ first victory after eight losses, Paul Konerko‘s 13th homer and clutch RBI singles by Gordon Beckham and A.J. Pierzynski proved to be the difference tonight as the White Sox moved to within six games of the Indians with the 3-1 triumph over the Mariners and their impressive rookie hurler Michael Pineda.
That’s the good news. The bad news–again–was the performance of Adam Dunn. It was another empty effort with his 0-4, including two strikeouts, and an error that contributed to Seattle scoring its lone run. I don’t pretend to be a baseball genius, but I know this–I’ve seen enough.
Ozzie smartly decided to allow the slumping Alex Rios to take yesterday and today off in the hope it would help him relax and turn things around. The skipper has to do the same with Dunn or the Big Donkey may spiral totally out of control. It’s gotten to the point where it’s hard to watch and the boo birds are there every step of the way.
My suggestion is for at least the next two games, Carlos Quentin should be the DH with Rios in center and Brent Lillibridge in right. It’s the correct thing to do in any case, but with Cy Award winner Felix Hernandez on the mound tomorrow night and lefty Jason Vargas on tap for Wednesday evening, why not spare Dunn the agony.
It can’t hurt and it just may help him get back to his National League form.