Sunday, June 17, 2012
White Sox 5 Dodgers 4: Let's Hear It For The Pen
Going into tonight's game I was incredibly worried about having Phil Humber on the mound
considering the Sox had already lost three in a row. Well, Phil Humber did nothing on Saturday night that will make me more comfortable with him in his next start.
No, Humber was pretty Humber out there.
For the second straight night the White Sox offense provided its pitcher with a four-run lead in the early innings, and for the second straight night that pitcher blew the four-run lead. Thankfully the offense was able to get a run back right away and Humber somehow managed to get through the fourth and fifth innings without allowing another run.
Knowing how lucky he was, Ventura then made sure to get Humber out of there, and that's where the bullpen saved the day.
That's when Hector Santiago, Nate Jones, Jesse Crain and Addison Reed all managed to breeze through the final four innings without allowing a hit. Oh, there were 2 walks, but you can pitch around walks when you don't allow anybody else to get on base.
It was precisely the kind of performance I wanted to see from a bullpen that has been a bit shaky on this road trip.
As for the offense, I don't want to jinx anything, but Alexei Ramirez may finally be waking up from his typical spring slumber. After going 0-for-10 during the three-game series in St. Louis, Alexei is now 4-for-7 in this series. This after he went 5-for-11 in the Houston series.
It would be a pretty big boost to the offense if he could finally start hitting on a regular basis.