White Sox 3, Indians 1: The Good, Bad, and Indifferent
Although he didn't have his best command, Buehrle pitched well in his seven innings of work, allowing just one run on two hits, four walks, and two strikeouts. However, the most important stat was the two double plays Buehrle induced coming in the fifth and seventh innings, both with the lead-runner reaching base on a leadoff walk.
Buehrle hasn't hit his stride yet—that'll come when the walks go down—but he's taken two huge steps in the right direction against San Francisco and now Cleveland.
Boy, MLB sure has some egg on their face for putting Jerry Owens on the All-Star ballot over Quentin. While Owens still hasn't seen an at-bat in the majors, Quentin leads the AL in home runs and now had 40 RBI with the two he had in today's game.
Quentin's RBI in the eighth was the big hit of the game, as it gave the Sox a 2-1 lead and came with two outs. The fact that Quentin is coming through not only early in games but in close, late-game situations really speaks to just how good he has been this year.
Write in Quentin.
While Indians starter Aaron Laffey was clowning much of the White Sox lineup, Hall went 3/3 against Laffey after giving AJ Pierzynski the day off behind the plate. It was Hall's hit to begin the eighth that knocked Laffey out of the game and started what ended up being the game-winning rally.
This is the Toby Hall the Sox thought they were getting last year. He looks healthy and comfortable at the plate and should continue to hit lefties very well this year.
Scott Linebrink & Bobby Jenks
Ho-hum. Another day, another dominant performance by the back of the White Sox bullpen.
Linebrink mowed the Indians down in order in the eighth, popping his fastball in the mid-90's and dropping his nasty forkball to baffle the slumping Indians' offense. He still has not allowed a run in the month and his ERA is now down to 1.29.
Jenks shut the door in the ninth to nail down the White Sox' eighth straight victory, retiring Ben Francisco, Travis Hafner, and Kelly Shoppach in order. Jenks now has 12 saves and an ERA of 1.77.
Teams who face the White Sox need be warned: If you don't have the lead after seven, you probably aren't going to win the game. That's how good Linebrink and Jenks have been this year.
It's May 22, and I was freezing cold. I was in the upper deck at The Cell, combating a stiff wind blowing in my face. I could see my breath at some points. It certainly wasn't baseball weather, and, to reiterate, it's late May.
Luckily, there's a weekend warmup into the 70's predicted, but it likely won't reach 60 here tomorrow. And to think, I was in balmy mid-Missouri just a week ago...
Nothing here. The Sox are 26-20, have won eight in a row, and are 3.5 games up on the Twins and 4.5 up on the Indians. This has been one of the best stretches of baseball this franchise has had in a long, long time.
An interesting stat to close: the White Sox run differential is +40. At this time last year, the Sox were two games over .500 but had a run differential of -23. That's something to be excited about for this year.
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