The White Sox beat the Cubs today to even the series on the year at 2-2. It was a frustrating game for both sides, but the White Sox came out on top. The Pale Hose are still playing ugly baseball and it's going to hurt them in the long run.
Screw the good. The Great was Scott Podsednik. He is the White Sox. Without him, the White Sox would not even be close to .500. Podsednik went 4-for-5 with three RBI. Pods fell a triple short of the cycle. He is doing everything right, including taking a lot of pitches.
I was about to rip on Gordon Beckham after his third at-bat, but the rookie pulled through. He hit the game-tying single in the eighth. More importantly, he hit the huge walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to give the White Sox the game.
The White Sox actually had clutch hitting today. Four players combined for five two-out RBI, including AJ Pierzysnki who had two. The White Sox were 6-11 with runners in scoring position.
Mark Buehrle's numbers are deceptive. He deserved the win, but the defense let him down. It overstretched his pitch count, forcing him to leave early. He yielded three earned runs, which should have been one.
Jim Thome did not come up big in important situations. In the first inning, there were two batters on base, but he struck out. Thome also later grounded out into a double play.
Chris Getz is swiftly declining. The rookie went 0-for-4 and only got on base due to a fielder's choice.
The White Sox have completely forgotten how to play defense. They committed three more errors today. They now have committed 28 errors in 24 games, including 12 errors in the past seven. Beckham and Ramirez atoned for their errors offensively, but these mistakes must end.
The bullpen was just ugly. DJ Carrasco failed to hold onto the lead and was missing his locations. Dotel and Poreda were OK, but did not have their best stuff either.
The Important Thing
The important thing is that the White Sox won, especially against the Cubs. Winning is great. Winning ugly makes it hard to watch. In the first inning, the White Sox utilized perfect small-ball, reminiscent of 2005. Podsednik doubled, Ramirez moved Pods over to third, and Dye doubled in the run. It was just beautiful.