The White Sox rotation was starting to look like it had finally come down to earth after putting together a less than stellar effort in the first two weeks after the break. However, Javy Vazquez was the latest pitcher to put out a strong performance as of late, hopefully bringing back the dominance that the rotation brought with them at the beginning of the season.
Everything was going right for the Sox on Tuesday night, with Jermaine Dye picking up a a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning to take a strong lead. Even that was enough run support for Vazquez, who was dealing out his best stuff against the Royals. Still, the White Sox decided to give him a little extra breathing room.
As Javy picked apart the Royals lineup, allowing only five hits while striking out ten across 8.1 innings, A.J. Pierzynski and Nick Swisher also picked up home runs on the evening, and Chris Getz picked up his first hit and RBI as a major league player. Orlando Cabrera gave him a bit of a scare, pretending to throw the ball into the stands before handing it down to the dugout.
Ozzie Guillen cautioned his team not to get too comfortable after the game, remembering that the last two series these teams have met, the White Sox won the first game, but lost the next two to drop the series. Hopefully, Mark Buehrle can keep the Sox momentum going on Wednesday night.