Friday, April 21, 2006

Game 16 Thoughts

-Old fashioned pitchers' duel. This matchup really lived up to its billing. Both pitchers cruised through the opposition. It took 62 minutes to reach the half way point of the game, that's swift even for a game pitched by Buehrle.
This trip through the rotation got off to a good start.

-It's amazing how the game changed once Santana was taken out. The Sox turned a tight game into a laugher against the Twins' bullpen; they reeled off four straight hits off of Rincon and had more hits in the eighth than the rest of the game combined. The eighth inning shows just how dominant Santana was today.

-Buehrle pitched a very efficient game. He had 102 pitches vs. 120 for Santana. The Sox hitters did a good job of staying patient and driving up Santana's pitch count. That paved the way for the big eighth inning.

-Thome hit another homer, and continued his scoring streak. According to Elias Sports Bureau, he now has the longest scoring streak to start off a season. Congrats, big guy!

-Dye's double/inside the park homer, was just bizarre. It took a long time for that play to fully register in my mind.

-Anderson just missed a homer, but still struggled through much of the game.

-Why did the Twins load up with a bunch of old foagies? I know they need some veteran leadership for their young squad, but I don't think I would have picked Rondell White, Tony Batista, nor Ruben Sierra.

-Santana was 4-0 with a .92 ERA last year vs the Sox.

Sox Player of the Game

Jermaine Dye (1)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did not disappoint !

Buerhle had a bad pen before the game....but - as always - finds a way !

Twins are put together first and foremost by what they can afford to pay. I quess if the "old foagies " are priced right, then they take them.

Thank goodness Reinsdorf has spent some dough lately !!

4/22/2006 9:18 AM  
Blogger Jeeves said...

Yeah, I reckon there was pretty slim picking left over for the Twins with their payroll, but I'm still suprised to see the likes of 40 year old Tony Batista out there. After watching him run like an old man, my brother was convinced Tony Batista was hurt.

4/22/2006 5:07 PM  

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