Wednesday, October 05, 2005

White Sox - 2 down, 9 to go…

This game was a typical White Sox one-run nail-biter. I couldn’t relax until Konerko gloved the last out. Even then I’m thinking “Are we sure that there are 3 outs?”

I know I’m in the minority, but I’m not a huge fan of Bobby Jenks. I know that Ozzie loves him, but there’s not enough movement on his fastball, IMHO. He’s been hit hard a few times and I was afraid that the Red Sox would just sit on his fast ball and get to him. In this outing, Jenks was unable to throw a single curve ball for a strike over 2 innings, yet he somehow still got the job done. Once again, Ozzie was right. There have been several times this season when I’ve been yelling at the TV; “Ozzie, what the heck are you doing?!?” But he’s been right almost every time. Eric Wedge has done a good job managing the Cleveland Indians this year, but if Ozzie doesn’t win the Manager of the Year award, there’s no justice in this world…

Once again, Iguchi comes through in the clutch. As I wrote yesterday, this guy has been clutch all year long, both with the bat and the glove. Today he delivered the big blow, a 3 run home run. Ozzie has consistently called Iguchi the team’s MVP and he proved why again today. What a great pick-up by Kenny Williams over the winter.

Unremarked upon by the announcers was the fact that Carl Everett is starting to swing a hot bat. Even though he hit into a double-play in his last at bat, almost all of his at bats, both yesterday and today, have been good ones – he’s really been hitting the ball hard. The Sox are going to need his bat, somewhere along the line. And Dye got his first hit of the series. He, too, can carry a team when he gets hot.

Buehrle pitched a pretty solid game. He bent, giving up 4 runs, but he didn’t break and he was helped out by some fine outfield defense. The infield defense was almost the White Sox undoing though, especially that ground ball that Crede missed in the first inning. 999 out of 1000 times he makes that play, and makes it easy. And Konerko suffered a brain-fart when he threw to second rather than to home. It cost the Sox a run, but fortunately it didn’t matter. David Wells was the losing pitcher - the icing on the cake...

So, on to Boston with a 2-0 lead. I’d love to see the White Sox sweep and not give Boston a chance to get back into the series. And with Garcia going on Friday, I like our chances…

Go Sox!

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