The White Sox offense exploded yesterday at Camelback Ranch as the Pale Hose overwhelmed the Oakland A’s, 18-1. Maybe even more impressive is that the Sox scored 16 runs and pounded out 20 hits through the first five innings.
This one is not easy to summarize, but here goes:
HOMERS: Gordon Beckham ( 2 on), Tyler Flowers (one on), Paul Konerko, Carlos Quentin
RBIs: Quentin (4), Beckham (3), Konerko (3), Alexei Ramirez (2), Alex Rios (2), Flowers (2), Ramon Castro, Alejandro De Aza
MULTIPLE HITS: Quentin (4), Ramirez (3), Beckham (3), Lastings Milledge (2), Rios (2), Konerko (2), Brent Morel (2)
MULTIPLE RUNS SCORED: Beckham (4), Quentin (3), Milledge (2), Rios (2), Konerko (2), Ramirez (2)
FUN FACTS: Every starter had at least one hit…While Milledge and Morel were the only starters who didn’t drive in a run, each had a pair of hits…Morel was the only starter who didn’t score a run…Beckham was a triple shy of the cycle…Quentin raised his batting average from .167 to .250…Beckham is now hitting .357 and Ramirez .325…Flowers has had a great spring. He’s now batting .471.
PITCHING: While the offense stole the show yesterday, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point to the exemplary pitching…John Danks was outstanding, giving up a lone first inning run on four hits in six innings of work…Philip Humber, a leading candidate for a bullpen spot, pitched three scoreless/hitless innings, walking only one with a pair of strikeouts.
The Sox, now 8-12-1, face the A’s again today in Phoenix.