White Sox Hold on To Beat the Tribe, Move to .500

D.A.Senior Writer IJune 29, 2009

CHICAGO - JUNE 18:  Gavin Floyd #34 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the game on June 18, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The White Sox are back at .500, and there's nothing like a series against the Cleveland Indians to build some momentum.

The White Sox beat the Indians 6-3, although it got a little scary at the end of the ballgame.


The Good

Gavin Floyd.

Floyd has been dominating as of late and today was no different. Floyd yielded zero earned runs, five hits, two walks, and five strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings.

He also got out of a bases loaded jam.

The Rookies.

I've been so hard on Gordon Beckham and Chris Getz, but I'm glad that they're starting to perform. The rookies went 5-for-7 today.

They're being more patient at the plate, but Getz has to teach Beckham to snag bases better.


The first inning was another great execution of small-ball. Scott Podsednik got on base, swiped second, and Alexei Ramirez got him over to third.

Then, Jermaine Dye did his thing and drove in Podsednik for the run.

The umpiring.

The White Sox finally got a good call.

When Ryan Garko got called for a foul ball instead of a fair groundball that ended the inning, the umps decided to get conference, overruled it, and made the right call.

Eric Wedge was just wrong and ended up getting ejected from the game.

The defense.

I have to say it.

They finally played a game without committing an error. They also implemented two nice double plays, one which included a double off of Shin-Soo Choo.


The Bad

The No. 4 through six hitters.

Jim Thome, Paul Konerko, and AJ Pierzysnki combined to go 0-for-11. Konerko was especially bad, popping out with bases loaded and no outs, while only looking at 12 pitches in four at-bats.

Alexei Ramirez.

He's not here because he played bad, although he wasn't on top of his game. He's here because of what Chris Perez did to him.

Chris Perez beamed him in the head, and he had to be taken out of the game.


The Ugly

The bullpen.


The trade rumors swirling around Bobby Jenks must stop, and today demonstrated why. Matt Thorton is a good setup man, but not somebody who should be ending the game.

Thorton yielded two earned runs off of two hits, and Octavio Dotel also gave up a home run.


The Important Thing

The important thing is that the White Sox won against a division rival. They need to take advantage of their schedule, which includes 10 games against Cleveland and Kansas City.

They're back at .500 (and second place), and slipping below that line is unacceptable.

The pitching, defense, and small-ball were all there.

Keep it going!