Saturday, May 19, 2012
White Sox 7 Cubs 4: Bombs Away
That score is misleading. All four of those Cubs runs came in the ninth inning on a set of two-run homers off Zach Stewart that made this a lot closer than it ever was.
No, homers were the order of the day, as both teams combined for 5 of them on the night, accounting for 8 of the runs scored on the evening.
Dayan Viciedo and A.J. Pierzynski started things off by going back-to-back in the third inning, and then Adam Dunn hit yet another bomb in the eighth inning to cap the night off. Dunn's night was picture perfect, actually, as that home run was his only official at bat.
He walked in his other 4 plate appearances.
The real good news for the Sox on Saturday night was that John Danks didn't give up a run over 6.1 innings, and carried a perfect game into the fifth inning. He finished the night allowing only 3 hits and walking 1 while striking out 4.
It also seems that Robin Ventura is adjusting to handling Danks. After John struck out Bryan LaHair to open the seventh inning, Ventura pulled him from the game even though he'd only thrown 83 pitches.
There are probably a couple different reasons why Robin did this. The first is that, all season long, the more times Danks gets through the order, the harder he gets hit. The second is that Danks had just struck out LaHair and had pitched a great game, so better for his confidence to get him out on a high note.
Oh, and nobody got beaned.
The Sox look to complete the sweep tomorrow afternoon.