Thursday, July 06, 2006

Ah, Sweet Relief: Game 84 Thoughts

Sox win! 4-2

-Here's a quote from James, see the previous post for his full comment.
"Consider the situation: men on 2nd and 3rd, 1 out, the starter coming out -- a starter who has given up many runs after leaving a game cuz the RP's have allowed inherited runners to score. Thorton induced a non-run-scoring grounder to Crede."

The one thing that has always bothered me about the system I started for PotG was the fact that short relief almost never gets recognized. I suppose that's the nature of the beast when you're a regular reliever. Most people won't notice you until you mess up.
James suggested Thornton as player of the game, and considering the magnitude of the situation, I agree.

-My wish came through; we damn good game from Jon. He pitched 7 1/3 innings and surrendered only one run. He was in a zone today to steal DickDaStick's line. He didn't leave many changeups hanging up in the zone, which is often his downfall.

-This game marked the one year anniversary of when Bobby Jenks joined the White Sox organization, and he gave us a small glimpse of how he used to pitch and a glimpse of how he has been pitching. Bobby got in some trouble for the first time in a looooong time. (I'm not complaining mind you.) Last year I wouldn't have thought Big Bad Bobby could hold on, but he pitched out of his mess to convert his 26 save out of 27 chances.

-The offense gave Jon a big help by staking him to an early lead. They put up 4 runs in the first inning. Unlike much of their offense as of late, none of their runs came via the home run. They strung together a good number of singles.

-Big Ups of the Game to Jon Garland for a great outing.

Sox Player of the Game

Matt Thornton (1)

Sox Record: 55-29


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