Monday, August 14, 2006

Shit Fire and You'll Save Matches: Game 117 Thoughts

Sox Win: 12-2! I repeat, Sox Win: 12-2!

From what I understand there was a fire near the ballpark tonight, and the smoke was pouring into the Cell. What I couldn't tell was if it was heat residue from the White Sox offense, or if the Royals' pitching staff was committing mass suicide by fire. Let me run this down, boxscore-style, and you'll see what I mean...
  1. Leading off, and being the most ineffectual hitter of the night, Pablo Ozuna goes 0-5 with an rbi.
  2. Tadahito Iguchi: 1-5, run, rbi
  3. Jim Thome: 2-4, 2 run hr, 2 runs, k...Thomer's replacement, Crusty Alomar, Jr.: 0-1
  4. Paulie Konerko: 2-5, 2B, run
  5. Jermaine Dye: 1-1, run, hbp...JD's replacement, Ross Gload: 2-3, 2B, run, k
  6. AJ Pierzynski: 2-4, 2 runs, 2 rbi
  7. Joe Crede: 1-3, 2B, run, 2 rbi...Clutch's replacement, Rob Mackowiak: 1-1, run, rbi
  8. Juan Uribe: 1-4, rbi
  9. Brian Anderson: 3-3, hr, 2 runs, 2 rbi, bb
Totals: 16-39, 12 runs/rbis, 2 hr, 3 2B, 1 bb, 2 k

For Christ's sake, I think everyone's Pick to Click clicked!!!!

Yeah, this game was all about the offense. So the throwing error by AJ (which shoulda been charged to Gooch) and the two consecutive misplays by Pablo at 3rd (neither of which scored) were nothing but gravy. I could get used to games like this.

One more person on fire was Jon Garland. He was masterful against the improving/ woeful (which exactly is it?) Kansas City Royals for 7 innings giving up one run. Riske and McCarthy were able to get in some work as well, McCarthy being the victim of a solo blast in the 9th. By that time, however, most of the Sox were in the showers and most of the fans were drunk enough not to care.

Bad Ozzie Move of the Game: Did the cameras catch him picking his butt with his pencil hand? Bad, Ozzie. Bad, bad, bad Ozzie.

Good Ozzie Move of the Game: 12-2 pretty much means everything Ozzie did was correct. I like that he got alot of playing time for guys like Gload, Pablo and Mack. I also have to commend him for keeping his players focused after the Tiggers left town. This coulda been a let-down game, but the only thing the Sox let down were gamblers taking the under in this one.

Big Ups of the Game goes to the entire lineup. I can't single any one player out cuz even our worst performer still had an rbi.

My White Sox Player of the Game is Jon Garland...on a night of an explosive offense, it was his pitching that set the tempo of the game even when the hitters didn't come thru in the 2nd inning.

Jon Garland (5)

Sox Record: 71-46...5.5 games behind Tiggers in the division and 3.0 games up on Twins & Boston in the WC!


Blogger Jonathan Kelley said...

Not to nitpick, but we're 3.0 games up on Minnesota AND Boston in the Wildcard.

But, honestly, I don't want that wildcard. I don't want 93 wins. I want the pennant, 100 wins, and (like last year) home field advantage throughout. Only this time, I want the Series to go past 4 games so the Sox fans have a chance to celebrate at home...

But right now, I'll take another strong performance by Vazquez tomorrow!

8/14/2006 11:44 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

I recognized that omission and edited it accordingly, and thanks for the heads-up!

And why can't Boston do us any favors?

Oh, a Championship at the Cell, dare to dream again!

8/14/2006 11:56 PM  
Blogger Pander said...

Eh, I'd take a championship in Timbuktu if it means another championship, heh.

8/15/2006 12:02 AM  
Blogger Jeeves said...

Gotta go with Paulie to click

8/15/2006 4:20 AM  

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