August 2009

A Very Happy Saturday on the South Side

After their third straight victory against the Yankees, the Sox are poised for a sweep tomorrow against the league’s best team with Mr. Perfect on the mound.

The best way to dissect today’s 14-4 win is to point to the terrific team effort:
*  Unheard of in the recent past, the Sox scored 14 runs on 17 hits WITHOUT A HOME RUN on the heels of scoring 10 runs on 13 hits last night with only one round-tripper in the 10-5 triumph. 

* The “Piranhas South” were responsible for driving in 11 of the 14 runs. Pods and Beckham had four apiece, Nix two and Getz one. The other three runs were driven in by Jermaine (2) and AJ.

* As far as the hit parade, Podsednik, Pierzynski and Getz collected three each, Beckham had a pair doubles and Kotsay got his first hit in a Sox uniform. With seven hits in the last two games, AJ is now hitting .315. Getz, with five over the last two, is up to .272. 

* How about the top of the lineup? Once the Sox achilles heel, Pods and GBeck are both hitting .303.

* Nix had the most intriguing line of the day. He was 1-for-1 (a double) with two runs scored and he walked four times–twice with the bases loaded.

* Today’s offensive outburst began against Yankee starter AJ Burnett, one the game’s hottest pitchers. The South Siders touched him up for seven runs in 4 2/3 innings.

* Always the tough competitor, Danks wasn’t at his best–but fought through some wildness to give us what we needed.

* In the last two games against New York, the bullpen has been flawless. Today, Pena, Williams, Thornton and Jenks pitched three scoreless innings on the heels of Pena, Dotel and Linebrink hurling five scoreless last night.

* A key to beating the Yankees? Having the lead in the late innings to avoid facing Mariano Rivera. The greatest closer in the game’s history, he hasn’t appeared in the first three games of the series.

KW: “We are here to dream and dream big”

Those words uttered by Kenny Williams yesterday should be all we need to hear. It’s a philosophy of a GM who will do anything to win. 
There are certainly legitimate questions about the Peavy deal and giving up the four pitchers for someone who won’t be in the rotation until the end of August at the earliest. But when a pitcher of Peavy’s Cy Young caliber is there for the taking, take him. As Williams also said, “To get a No. 1, you have to pay the price. We paid that price.” 
And it doesn’t escape anyone that next year’s rotation of Buehrle, Peavy, Danks and Floyd has the potential of being one of the very best in the game.
Our very own piranhas

If I didn’t know any better I would have thought I was watching the Twins playing at the Dome last night. In the seventh inning against the Yanks, with the Sox holding a slim 6-5 advantage, Chris Getz blooped a two-out single with the bases loaded, scoring Paulie and AJ and giving the Sox some much needed insurance. Then, with Getz at first and Jayson Nix at third, the South Siders pulled off a double steal. Getz was safe at second and Nix scored, beating Derek Jeter’s throw to the plate. Pods proceeded to smash a single off of Mark Teixeira making it 10-5, the final score.
What a beautiful sight and proof positive that the once homer-happy Sox are becoming a well-balanced attack.
Note of the day: We can’t ignore the performances last night of Quentin and AJ. As has been repeated over and over, we need Q back to his ’08 form. He showed it on Friday. And AJ’s four-hit night brought his season batting average to .311.