Danks, Quentin Lead White Sox to Split Over Oakland A's
White Sox starter John Danks had not won a game since July 16, 2007. That is, until April 15, 2008.
John Danks took the ball after White Sox ace Mark Buehrle pitched an excellent ball game the night before.
Would Danks be able to step up and forget his previous poor start?
Danks answered by going 7 2/3 innings. He yielded no runs on five hits and gave up two walks, while striking out four.
However, despite the great start from Danks, all credit cannot be due to him.
Behind Danks, there was exceptional defense.
Joe Crede had several superb diving plays to his right. Crede still had time, with each and every dive, to throw over to first base.
Alexei Ramirez, receiving a rare start in center field, made a shortstop-like throw from deep, right-center to gun down Emil Brown at second trying to stretch his hit into a double.
Carlos Quentin made an exceptional catch crashing into the left field fence hitting his surgically repaired left shoulder against it for the second straight game.
With Thome getting a day off, both due to a suspension and a routine day off, Konerko filled in at DH. That gave Nick Swisher a rare start at first base. Swisher made it worth while pulling several balls out of the dirt, as well as a great, off-the-base tag.
After what could only be considered an off day offensively on Monday night, the Sox, behind Carlos Quentin, came out and scored four runs against the A's young lefty Dana Eveland.
Eveland ended up going only 4 2/3 innings. In his shortened outing, he gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks.
Quentin did his damage to the A's in the fourth inning, with Crede and Konerko on base, launching a 1-0 pitch to deep left field for a home run to give the Sox a 3-0 lead.
Scott Linebrink came in and got the final out in the eighth inning without a hitch. However, he let the first two on base in the ninth before giving way to Bobby Jenks.
Jenks came in and gave up a sacrifice fly to Emil Brown on the first pitch, scoring Daric Barton from third.
On the very next pitch, Jenks induced a ground ball double play, ending the game.
The Sox leave town leading the AL Central and ship out to face the team leading the AL East, the Baltimore Orioles.
Jose Contreras gets the call for the opener. Jose hoping for his first solid start of the season.
With the red-hot White Sox facing the red-hot Orioles, the Sox fans, and players alike, hope for the offense to continue its hitting ways. They can only hope that the pitching continues the way that it has over the past four games, allowing three runs over 36 innings.
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