Friday, June 29, 2012
White Sox 14 Yankees 7: That's A Cute Little Offense You Have There, New York
I was not expecting good things to happen tonight. Yes, Jose Quintana has been fantastic all season, but as a soft-tossing lefty without great stuff, who doesn't miss a lot of bats and gives up a lot of flyballs, the Yankees are not the optimal opponent to face. Particularly in Yankee Stadium.
Combine that with the fact the Yankees were starting a pitcher the Sox had never seen before, and history suggested it could be a long night.
Well, I was half right.
Quintana did struggle. In fact, he allowed 4 runs in the first inning. He settled down after that, and aside from the 2 runs he allowed in fourth inning, he actually pitched pretty well in his other four innings of work.
As for New York's Adam Warren, well, thanks for not being CC Sabathia.
Warren didn't escape the third inning as the Sox lit him up for 6 runs to overcome the early 4-0 deficit. It was another great night from the White Sox offense, as it seems every run this team didn't score last week is being scored this week.
After going for 14 runs and 19 hits tonight the Sox have now scored 30 runs and had 48 hits in their last three games.
Tonight it was the latter two-thirds of the lineup doing the damage. While the first three hitters in the Sox lineup went 2-for-16 (and had 2 walks and 4 RBI) the rest of the team went 17-for-30.
Alexei Ramirez is getting every hit he didn't have for the first two and a half months, and has now raised his average to .252.
A.J. Pierzynski homered twice.
Gordon Beckham and Paul Konerko both had 3 hits tonight and look to have broken out of their respective funks.
In fact, the only scary moment of this game was when Kevin Youkilis left the game and was replaced by Eduardo Escobar. Not to worry, though, as the Sox said Youkilis had an upset stomach.
And an upset stomach is a lot better than a bad back. We'll have to wait and see if he's good enough to go tomorrow.
Jake Peavy goes to the mound for the Sox tomorrow afternoon, and that means the Sox have a very good chance to clinch a victory in this series.
Scoring another 14 runs will help.