Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Two Faces of White Sox Baseball: Game 131 Thoughts

Sox win 12-9! *Sigh of relief*

-Today we got to see a bunch of good things from our Sox and a lot of bad things as well. Everytime we did something good, something bad was sure to follow. (I'll try to keep the chronology of the game in tact)

Good - Mr. MVP, Jermaine Dye, followed up his Player of the Week award with a three-run shot. It was an omen of things to come, lots and lots of runs.

Bad - The D-Rays ran at will on us. They stole 4 bases and had they not been hitting so well and needed to manufacture runs, I'm sure they would have ran even more.

Good - Every Sox hitter, save for Uribe, got a hit. Crede had 4, AJ had 2, and Gload had 2.

Bad - Freddy decided his lead was too large, and stopped pitching well. Giving up 2 of his 5 runs in the third.

Good - The Sox stole some bases of their own; one each for Pods and Gooch. I liked both steals; they were at appropriate times.

Bad - Freddy continued to give up runs. It wasn't a big game, so you can't blame him. (Those sarcasm detectors should be going beserk right now).

UGLY - Joey Cora waved Paulie home on a routine double in the 6th. Paulie, predictably, was out by a mile. The only way he would have been safe would be if Baldelli air-mailed the throw, but considering how much time he had, that would have been VERY unlikely.

Good - Ozzie gave the ball to Neal Cotts with a 6 run lead. Even Neal couldn't blow that lead right?

Bad - He tried his hardest. Giving up 2 runs in a third of an inning of work.

Good - Ozzie yanked him promptly.

Bad - Ozzie then gave the ball to Riske, who proceeded to give up 2 runs with out recording an out.

Good- Matt Thornton came on and showed us all he's a freakin' fireman. Thank you Seattle, thank you. Matt Thornton is now '05 Neal Cotts. Neal Cotts is now a blend of Damaso Marte and 'o6 Cliff Politte.

Bad - Bobby Jenks is in the game. On a night that we score 12 runs, I never want to see the closer wasted.

Good - Bobby takes care of business, cuz he's a mad mother shut-your-mouth. Jenks gave the Sox the lead in the Wild Card standings and put himself atop the list for saves.

Onto the awards...

Bad Ozzie Move of the Day - Going to Riske after Cotts. I think we all had a bad feeling when Riske came in.

Good Ozzie Move of the Day - I like the other personnel moves he made today. I like the lineup with Gload and BA in the lineup, and I like going to Cotts with a huge lead. Neal needs confidence and that's the perfect opportunity for him.

Play of the Game - With 1 out in the eighth, runners on second and third with one out, and the Sox clinging to a 11-8 lead, Thornton got Upton to ground out to Uribe. Yes a run scored, but that out stopped the momentum and let everyone breathe a little easier.

Big Ups of the Night - To the offense, especially JD and Pods. Pods had himself a nice game reaching base 3 times, scoring twice, and even driving in a run.

Sox Player of the Game - I give it to Joe Clutch. 4 hits, 2 RBI's and a nice double.

Joe Crede (13)

Sox Record: 77-54... 1/2 up in the WC standings!


Blogger Jeeves said...

Did Pods click? I can't decide. On one hand he went 1-4, but on the other hand he got on base three times, stole a base, scored twice, and drove in a run.

8/30/2006 12:06 AM  
Blogger Jonathan Kelley said...

Leadoff man getting on 3 times in a game is pretty good. Pods is now on a decent run, which is very promising as we head into Sept. Most importantly, he got on & scored in the first. And hey, whaddayaknow, he's 6 for his last 11 with some good baserunning & defense results...

Perhaps some folks were a little quick to write him off?

I'm worried about Cotts. We need a second lefty out of the bullpen. He's coming close to the end of his rope.

Tomorrow, Garland. I'll be there for my 3rd game of the year. Thursday's my fourth. I'd like to see a couple of White Sox Winners. I think Jon can handle their hitters.

8/30/2006 12:27 AM  
Blogger Pander said...

I'm glad I was playing World of Warcraft all game while mlb.tv completely failed to work for me tonight. Saved myself a near heart-attack.

Second lefty, eh? Booneytime?

8/30/2006 2:55 AM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

I like the good vs. bad theme. It foreshadows the next Buehrle Bile File. (Yes, I'm thinking ahead.)

I think that TB gave up this game with all the errors.

I think Sept 1st can't get here quick enough for the extra arms in the bullpen. We can't rely on just 3 guys (McCarthy not included cuz he ain't pitched much at all lately.) Hermy may end up being a godsend as a ROOGY; same goes for Logan as a LOOGY.

Bottom line: the Sox win. Add that to a Twinkie loss and things are still in our favor.

Garland should be clutch.

Jeeves, awesome recap.

8/30/2006 3:07 AM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

few other thoughts

pods did click in my opinion he was robbed in that last at bat too)

fornelli better keep it up

Big ups to Thornton and Jenks (I would have called for them both as co-PotG if it wasn't TB we were playing against.)

8/30/2006 3:09 AM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

V. nice wrap there Jeeves !

Pods is doing better, but did deserve the brickbats he received earlier....maybe the public pressure got him to focus better...?

I'll be at Thurs game myself.

Garland should clean up our act on the pitching side of things tonight.

I'll take the surfer dude in CF for my pick

8/30/2006 12:33 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Gonna go out on a limb here and take JD as my pick tonight

8/30/2006 12:50 PM  
Blogger Jeeves said...

Jonathon, I'm glad to see your jinxing issues didn't extend beyond PtC's. I was slightly worried that you would jinx the offense. ;)

8/30/2006 1:19 PM  

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