Monday, August 20, 2007
Owens, CF; Fields, 3B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; AJ, C; Dye, RF; Pods, LF; Uribe, SS; Richar, 2B. Buehrle pitching.
Good Mark Hunting
No one better than Mark to snap this streak. He is 16-6 with a 3.36 ERA in 32 games lifetime against the Royals.
We have lost eight straight for the first time since 5/15-23/01 and are looking to avoid our first nine-game losing streak since 8/19-28/91. As painful as that was to write (and I assume to read), the fact that I was one month into my White Sox career in August 1991 just makes me feel old.
I welcomed Mike Myers in the clubhouse today. He was 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA in 55 games with the Yankees this season before being designated. Andy Gonzalez was optioned down to make room for the lefty reliever.
Although he did not pitch on this last trip, Bobby Jenks remains tied with Jim Barr (SF, 1972) with 41 consecutive batters retired. That’s the longest streak in MLB history.
During the streak, which began on 7/17 at Cleveland, Jenks retired 16 batters on ground outs, 13 in the air and 12 on strikeouts. Righthanders are 0-31 and lefties 0-10. Jenks faced six of the top seven teams in the AL during the streak (excluding the Angels).
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Bob Keegan’s no-hitter in the White Sox 6-0 victory over Washington at Comiskey Park.
Moose Skowron walked past me headed out to the parking lot to meet and greet a group.
"Moose," I said. "Do you have an umbrella?"
Each year, at the annual White Sox outing at Cog Hill, Moose, Bob Grim, Don Brown and I are a foursome. This year, Moose had to pay at the end of the round, so he’s still giving me a hard time … like he refused to shake my hand today. He did take my umbrella, though. We’ll see if he brings it back.
How many of you also feel like this season has gone on for eight months … how long ago was it that Mark threw that no-hitter? Seems like years.
But again, he’s the right guy to have on the mound tonight. Despite the weather (reports are we will get it in), pre-sale for all of the games on this homestand have been very strong. How about a nice victory tonight for Mark with Bobby retiring the side in the ninth for the record and win?