Friday, March 9, 2012

Spring Training Game #5: Cubs 5 White Sox 1

And thus the longest winning streak of the 2012 season -- one game -- comes to an end with a loss against those damned Cubs. Unfortunately I was busy with work for most of the afternoon so I didn't really get to watch this game as closely as I'd have liked to, but I did see enough to make a few observations.

So let's get to those.

  • Not the best debut for Chris Sale. It was our first chance to see Chris Sale as a starter and he allowed 3 runs on 3 hits in 3 innings. Not great, but if there's any good news it's that he also struck out 4 hitters.
  • Paul Konerko is washed up! Wonder how many people will take me seriously reading that? Anyway, another game and another day in which The Captain failed to record a hit. Konerko went 0-for-3 and the only time he's reached base this spring was via a walk.
  • The regular lineup is off to a slow start. Today was the second time this spring that Robin Ventura sent out what should be the regular starting lineup come the regular season, and the Sox managed only a run on 4 hits today. So far in the two games with this lineup, the starters have managed only 7 hits and 2 runs.
  • Nestor Molina looked a lot better today. After his disasterous debut against the Dodgers on Monday, Molina came on and pitched 2 scoreless innings, giving up only 1 hit and striking out 2.

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