Beautiful Saturday

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Beautiful night at the ballpark

Tonight’s Lineup

A different look …

Erstad, CF; Uribe, SS; AJ, C; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; Mack, DH; Crede, 3B; Iguchi, 2B; Sweeney, LF.  Buehrle on the hill.

Alex Cintron has gone back on the bereavement list and Andy Gonzalez is on a plane as I write this to take his place on the roster.  He will arrive at the ballpark during the game.

Kids

My wife and kids will be at the game tonight, their first since the special night in April.  And guess who is pitching?

Random Great Notes

The White Sox have gone 24-6 (.800) vs. the Royals since the start of 2004 …

Mark Buehrle enters tonight still looking to post his 100th career victory …  with the win, he will join Red Faber, Joe Horlen, Ted Lyons and Ed Walsh as the only pitchers to record their first 100 career wins in a Sox uniform … Buehrle ranks 12th in our history with 99 wins …

Toby Hall begins his assignment with Class AAA Charlotte tonight …

John Garland, Mark Buehrle and Javier Vazquez, our three pitchers in this series, have combined to go 19-6 with a 3.21 ERA in 34 starts against the Royals since 2004 …

White Sox starters have lasted at least 6.0 IP in 17 straight games and 19 of the last 20 … the last time the team when at least 6.0 IP in 17 consecutive games was from 9/2-23/78 (20 games) …

Tomorrow, Joe Crede, Darin Erstad, PK, Gustavo Molina, Pablo Ozuna and AJ will use pink bats as part of MLB’s Mother’s Day initiative … players on both teams will war pink wristbands and the pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness will be displayed on uniforms and by all on-field personnel … the pink bats will be auctioned off at a later date to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

8 Comments

Huge hit Juan! And such a sweet swing by Sweeney earlier. Let’s go Sox.

whoo hoo!!! How freakin fun was that to watch!!!

that was a good team win. and with all due respect to our favorite record keeper,(that would be Mark Liptak) if you are so keen on bringing up all the losses we suffer after leading through seven, then you have to also record our wins! tonight was one of those. how many others are there and what is our record for the season? later all and lets get another one manana… j.k….( yeah, i’m still alive…..).

I’ll second that, klein711. I’d like to see the numbers league-wide for losses after leading through seven to find out where the Sox stand. They’ve let a few get away, but I’m sure every team has let a few get away. I for one refuse to complain about the pitching (starters or relievers) at this point. In fact, of all the teams in the league with winning records, the Sox have scored by far the fewest runs. That should tell you which guys are pulling their weight on this team. The pitching has kept the Sox afloat for 6 weeks now, including 4 scoreless innings and only one walk from the bullpen tonight. It’s about time the batters get their heads out of their proverbial “keisters.”

Nice to pull out a win tonight. Some timely hits when it mattered most, kinda reminiscent of 2005.

Even though it was not exactly center field, I am still taking credit for calling Sweeney’s home run off Elarton tonight. I knew his swing would suit Elarton’s pitching style for some power.

JK – Tonight is win #6 in games where we have come from behind in the 7th inning or later. Don’t get too excited about that number though because 3 of them have been against KC. Why aren’t we beating KC going into the 7th?

I assume your 24-6 comment means just at home ? I think the Royals beat us 6 or 7 times just lasy year .

For the record the Sox have now won six games where they trailed in the 7th inning or later and blown four games where they led in the 7th inning or later.

And friends and neighbors it doesn’t matter a wit what ‘other’ teams do or not do.

What matters is what the Sox do.

You want to win the toughest division in baseball?

You want to go to the post season?

You want to win a division with the worst offense in baseball? (I know it’s “early” right?…)

Fine.

Then you better not blow ‘certain’ wins…you need all the help you can get don’t you?

A large reason why the Twins went nuts after June 1st last year was the fact that their bullpen blew four games where they had a lead in the 7th inning or later, THE ENTIRE SEASON!

Mark Liptak

Mr. Mark,

Answers to your questions:

1. Yes

2. Yes

3. Yes

4. Yes, we need all the help we can get, we won’t refuse any.

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