Saturday, July 29, 2006

MLB Slugfest: Game 102 Thoughts

Sox Win! 13-11

-(Sorry, I may have used that title before, but oh well it suits the game.) The Sox and O's combined for 24 runs and 37 hits. This was the most runs by the ChiSox since July 4 when they scored 13 runs against these same Orioles. I guess when we're in a funk offensively the O's are the cure.

-Every Sox hitter but Thome had a hit. Thome did, however, walk and score 4 times.

-AJ went 5-5, Uribe and Dye had 3 hits each, and BA and Gooch had multi-hit games.

-Gotta love back-to-back jacks. Especially Dye's and AJ's which both went oppo field.

-The pitching wasn't nearly as good as the hitting. Garland won his seventh straight decision, but he did gave up 6 runs and 11 hits in 5 innings of work. To his credit, he was pitching with the flu.

-McCarthy (2 runs), MacDougal (1), Cotts (1), and Jenks (1) all gave up runs. Thornton was the only reliever not give anything up, but he pitched just 1/3 of an inning.

-The Sox didn't get crushed by the long ball; they actually fell victim to the two-bagger, giving up six of them.

-The 7 spot the Sox put up in the third was huge. It staked them to a big lead which they never relinquised. They did let the O's come close, but the Sox held the lead for good after the third.

-Ross Gload got the start for Paulie who is day-to-day with a bruised shin. He fouled a pitch off of his leg during last night's game.

-Man, did my heart stop during the sixth on Hernandez's near slam. Another foot or two and we would have been losing by a run. As soon as he hit it, all I could think was that that hit was their answer to Ross Gload's slam.

-You could tell the way the game began that things were going to be interesting. JD took advantage of the rookie pitcher and smartly stole second with runners on first and third with two outs. Later in the AB, AJ hit a single and Dye was held at third; AJ must have thought the throw was going home and took off for second. He was caught in a pickle and looked destined to be tagged out, until JD broke for home and got caught in a pickle of his own. It was just a bizarre play to kick off a pretty crazy game.

Sox Player of the Game

AJ Pierzynski (5)

Sox Record: 61-41


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