Friday, June 8, 2012
Astros 8 White Sox 3: The World Series Was Better
In the preview for tonight's game I said I was a bit wary because the Sox had Gavin Floyd starting -- who has just been terrible -- and the Astros had a soft-tossing lefty in Wandy Rodriguez going.
Gavin was not great tonight, far from it, but the fact is he was better than he had been. His stuff was as good as it's been in weeks, he just didn't have the best command of it. Still, there are signs that he's ready to break out of this funk. Unfortunately for Gavin his defense didn't do him any favors.
Maybe Alexei Ramirez was thinking about that replacement gold medal Jerry Reinsdorf bought him and gave to him before the game. That could explain why he let a tailor-made double play ball go through his legs and into the outfield. That could also explain why a few plays later he fell into Houston's trap by getting into a rundown with Jose Altuve between first and second and letting Justin Maxwell score from third to make it a 5-3 game.
The Sox had just battled back into it, and that Little League gimmick pretty much killed them. Brian Bogusevic's three-run homer in the ninth just rubbed it in our faces a bit.
Or maybe Will Ohman just felt this game needed his autograph on it.
The only real good news to come out of this one, aside from Gavin striking out 9 in 6 innings and kinda, sorta getting back on the rightish track, was Jordan Danks getting his first career RBI and hit.
Of course, that itself stems from more bad news. Danks was only here because Kosuke Fukudome went on the disabled list, and he only played on Friday night because Dayan Viciedo had to leave the game early with tightness in his hamstrings.