Sunday, April 29, 2012
White Sox 4 Red Sox 1: Back To Mediocrity
Rejoice! The five-game losing streak is over! The White Sox have returned to the land of mediocre with a 4-1 win against the Red Sox to salvage one win in a four-game series and get back to 11-11 on the year.
And while 11-11 isn't exactly anything to be excited about, it sure as hell beats last April when the Sox went 10-18 in the first month of the season.
Why, I won't even mention how the White Sox ended a five-game losing streak on May 1st last season, after losing the first three games of a four-game set against Baltimore at home last season, only to lose the next three games.
Nope, I won't mention that at all!
We're just going to focus on today's game, and the performance from Gavin Floyd. I think it's fairly easy to proclaim this was Gavin's best start of the year, as he flirted with perfection for 5 innings and an no-hitter through 6. In the end he went 6.2 innings, allowed only 3 hits, a run and a walk while striking out 9.
He also got all the run support he needed in the first inning, when Alejandro De Aza singled, went to second on a sacrifice, scored on a Rios single and then Adam Dunn ended the life of an innocent baseball with one mighty swing.
What was most interesting about this game, though, was the end. Not because there was any suspense, but because with a 4-1 lead going to the bottom of the ninth, it was Matt Thornton on the mound to close things out.
It was a save situation, but not for Hector Santiago.
After Santiago blew his second save last week, Robin Ventura said that he was still the team's closer. I guess he just wasn't the closer today.
And even if it was only because Robin was worried about putting Hector out there against Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz, if you can't trust somebody to get those two out -- a lefthander at that -- in that situation, then I'm not sure how you can consider him your closer.
Robin said after the game that he was "comfortable" with Matt's "body of work" against those guys.
Whatever the reasoning, it appears this is a storyline that won't be going away anytime soon.