Signs of Life
The White Sox, aka Road Warriors, completed their third three-city road swing since April 18 today by sweeping away the Red Sox in Boston, 7-4. It was their seventh consecutive victory at Fenway Park and 13th win in the last 15 games against those “other” Sox.
Perhaps more important is that the Pale Hose finished the current trip to Texas (1-2), Toronto (1-3) and Boston (3-0) at .500, a lot easier number to swallow than the 2-5 mark we held on Sunday night after the mostly lost weekend in Toronto. The South Siders were 3-8 on the trip to Tampa Bay, Detroit and New York and bounced back to go 6-3 on the west coast against Seattle, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Oakland.
It’s hard to rank the many Sox positives as they head into tomorrow’s off-day and the three-game home series against the Tigers beginning Friday. But here are a few to consider:
There’s the dominance against Boston, the fact we finally hit in the clutch during the three-game series, scoring 24 runs, and coming back today from a three-run deficit. And, of course, moving within four games of .500 for the season (27-31) and eight games behind the first-place Indians, who play tonight north of the border.
Individually, it was a team effort with almost everyone in the lineup making key contributions, though Adam Dunn and Alex Rios continue to struggle mightily. Alexei Ramirez, in particular, had a monster series with starters Jake Peavy, Phil Humber, Gavin Floyd (after early inning trouble today), a resurgent Chris Sale and dependable closer Sergio Santos among the mound stars.
There’s still a long way to go, but it’s an awfully nice way to start out the month of June.