A series win is a series win, even if it has an ugly start.
The White Sox got pummeled by the Minnesota Twins in the first game of their three-game set, losing 5-12. Sadly, it was as many runs as the organization had mustered in their whole first series against the Royals, and the pitching decided not to show up.
On Saturday, however, they redeemed themselves in a big way when Bartolo Colon threw a gem of a game, not giving up a single run in his first big league start for quite a few months, due to the bone chips being removed from his elbow.
Mark Buehrle, not one to be outdone, showed up to the Cell on Sunday with his best stuff. He looked like a completely different pitcher than he did on Opening Day, enough that one might really believe he just had the "first game jitters."
Buehrle pitched just over six innings and gave up only one run and just two hits, while striking out five and not walking anybody.
The White Sox offense came alive again against the Twinkies, who always seem to find a way to give Chicago trouble on both sides of the game.
Jim Thome had a repeat performance of game 163 against opposing pitcher Nick Blackburn, sending a ball deep into the seats.
Jermaine Dye also took out his first home run of the year, and Dewayne Wise finally started to find his groove, with two hits on the day.
The South Siders piled up nine hits on the day, and committed no errors.
Heroes of the Series
I know Jose Contreras didn't give his best outing, but the relief that came in to finish the game after him was much worse. Bartolo Colon was stunning in his first outing back, however, and Mark Buehrle pitched a great one as well.
The entire offense
The Sox played great offensive ball in all facets, hitting home runs, driving in RBI singles, and getting a lot of players back into a good grove. This needs to carry over into the next series for the Sox to succeed.
Zeroes of the Series
I try to name two heroes and zeroes for the team each series, but I found myself hard pressed to do this in this series. I could go after the relief pitching for their first game debacle, but look at how well they cleaned up shop after that!
Keys to the Next Series
If the Sox simply keep on playing the way that they have the last two games, they should do just fine.
Detroit always seems to have a potent offense, so the pitching staff has to eat up some innings before giving way to relief. With Gavin Floyd, John Danks, and Jose Contreras lined up, things are looking good for the Sox chances.
The Sox and Tigers face off tomorrow at 1:05 Eastern time.