Thursday, May 17, 2012
White Sox 6 Angels 1: Walks + Pop Ups = VICTORY
So it turns out that Billy Beane and the sabermetricians were half-right. While walks are definitely an important aspect of any offense, they do not provide the sheer force of the pop-up.
And that force was one the White Sox were able to harness to full effect on Thursday afternoon.
Sure, Dayan Viciedo hit another home run, and the White Sox drew 7 walks, but it was a wave of pop-ups in the middle innings that truly drove the White Sox offense as Mike Trout, Howie Kendrick and Maicer Izturis found themselves helpless against the baseballs falling from the sky.
Oh, and the 13 hits didn't hurt either, though the White Sox were 4-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base. So while the 6 runs they did score were more than enough on Thursday, plenty more were left out there, and that's a trend that has dogged this team for most of the season.
Luckily it didn't haunt them today as Chris Sale got his act together once again, even if he only lasted 5.1 innings thanks to an inflated pitch count. Still, he struck out 7 and walked only 1 while allowing 5 hits over that span, with the last hit being a solo home run by Pujols that knocked him out of the game.
Thankfully after that the combination of Nathan Jones, Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain went 3.2 innings without allowing a run and only letting three Angels reach base.
A nice win to end the losing streak and the "west coast trip." Now the Sox return home to Chicago for three road games with the Cubs this weekend.
A series I truly cannot stand, but a series I enjoy a lot more when the Sox are winning the games.