Saturday, April 28, 2012
Red Sox 1 White Sox 0: Cold Night, Freezing Bats
Before this game started I wrote that Jake Peavy had to go out and be the ace he has been all season to put an end to this four game losing streak. Peavy held up his end of the bargain.
Jake pitched his second straight complete game, allowing only 1 run and 4 hits while striking out 7 and walking only 1 batter. Unfortunately tonight, that 1 run was more than Peavy's offense could give him.
As good as Peavy was, Jon Lester pitched just as well for the Red Sox, allowing only 5 hits through his 7 innings.
Of course, most pitchers are looking great against the White Sox offense lately. Since beating Oakland 4-0 in Peavy's last start, the Sox offense has managed only 10 runs and 34 hits in their last five games, with 13 of those hits coming in the extra-inning heartbreaker against Oakland on Wednesday.
It's no coincidence that the Sox have lost all five of those game.
It's also not a surprise when you see that before the game started, the hitters taking up the sixth through ninth spot in the lineup (Viciedo, Flowers, Morel and Beckham) were a combined 33-for-198. That works out to a lovely .167 average, and those four combined to go 3-for-13 on Saturday.
So the Fallible Four provided provided half our hits on the night, which is good. What's bad is they provided half of the team's hits.
With Alex Rios cooling off ever since Robin Ventura pinch-hit for him on Tuesday, Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski are the only two members of this lineup hitting regularly, and Pierzynski got the night off on Saturday.
This is an offense that I don't think anybody ever thought was going to be great coming into the year, but it's also one that's been frighteningly bad as well. What's scarier is that Konerko and Pierzynski are going to cool off at some point, and when they do, there's nobody else in this lineup I feel can be counted upon to produce save for De Aza.
I don't know how much longer the Sox are going to put up with Morel and Beckham being automatic outs at the bottom of the order before Eduardo Escobar and Brent Lillibridge start seeing a lot more playing time. I'd say the same for Viciedo, but at least he provides a power threat every time he steps in the box, so I'm willing to be a bit more lenient with him.