Wednesday, April 11, 2012

White Sox 10 Indians 6: Let's Not Make This Too Easy On Ourselves

So the White Sox finish their season opening road trip with a 3-2 record, score their most runs of the season so far, and finally help John Danks learn the art of winning a baseball game.

So why wasn't this game more enjoyable to watch?

As Hawk said in the eighth inning of this game, the lead may have looked large, but the White Sox were "puckering up." The Sox jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, but unlike on Monday, they had trouble keeping the deficit where it was.

Yeah, John Danks got the win, but he pitched a lot worse than he did against the Rangers on opening day. He walked 5 guys in only 5.2 innings of work, and when you combined the free passes with some less than stellar defense from Kosuke Fukudome, Dayan Viciedo and A.J. Pierzynski, things get interesting.

Ironically, the only error the Sox were charged with on the day was at the expense of Gordon Beckham. Beckham deserved the error because he made the mistake of actually touching the ball before dropping it. Kosuke, Dayan and A.J. didn't bother with the physical contact portion of defensive mishaps.

Luckily for Danks the offense was more than up to the task of covering up all the mistakes. The Sox outdid their 4-run first inning by scoring 5 in the sixth thanks to home runs from Alejandro De Aza [VIDEO] and A.J. Pierzynski [VIDEO]. A repeat performance of Monday's first inning.

Pierzynski and De Aza combined to go 5-for-9 on the day with 6 RBI. Paul Konerko had a good day as well, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and 2 walks.

What really stood out though?

As a team the Sox were 6-for-9 with runners in scoring position, and considering how many times I've already mentioned that stat already this season, you know I was pleased to see it.

However, my favorite part of the game came in the first inning. With Brent Morel on third and Adam Dunn on first, Paul Konerko had a 3-0 count. As has been the norm for most of the spring and a few times this season, Robin Ventura gave Konerko the green light.

Paulie then swung and singled home Morel, keeping the early rally going.

I love seeing that.

What I don't love seeing is the off day tomorrow after Tuesday's cancellation, but the home opener is on Friday against Detroit and we won't have to deal with Verlander this weekend.



  1. AJ looked like he tried to catch the wild pitch with the back of his glove. That's pretty damn hard to do.

    Think maybe it more Ventura pushing Konerko to swing 3-0 than a green light? Especially if it is right where he wants it. Konerko is always so patient, but would think he always had the green light with Ozzie before.

    1. It wasn't just Paulie swinging on 3-0 during the spring.

      As for what Ozzie did, I think I can count on one hand how many times Sox hitters swung on 3-0 when Ozzie was in charge, so I have to believe he wanted them taking.

  2. SSS tweeted that Konerko's 1B was only the 4th 3-0 hit the Sox have had in the last FOUR SEASONS. You would have thought at some point some one would have been fed up enough to take a 3-0 cut, but apparently everyone was too terrified of Ozzie bringing up some dictator in their family's lineage when they got back to the dugout.

    The 3-0 green light is not for everyone, and it's not for every situation, but today and the other time it was called this year, I loved it.


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