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Friday, February 27, 2008

Today’s Game

Two in a row!  Break us up.  At 2-1, we’re off to our best spring training start since going 3-0 in 2004.  Of course, that and a quarter will get you …

But the good news …

Jerry Owens went 2-4 with an RBI, Jeff Liefer 2-4, Juan Uribe 2-3 and the Sox pounded out 13 hits in the 7-5 win.

"It’s about experience and confidence," Ozzie Guillen said about Owens, who led off.  "I told him, ‘Let your ability take over and do it.’  The opportunity is there.  He needs to take advantage of it."

Mark Buehrle started as was his usual efficient self over two innings.

"Great," Guillen said.  "Great outing.  He wanted to pich another inning but we wouldn’t let him."

Mike MacDougal scuffled in his 1.0 IP, allowing three runs as the Dbacks pulled to within 4-3.

"We need Mac to get back on track," Guillen said.  "It’s like a big puzzle and we need to put it together.

"It’s about command.  I’m not a manager who likes to give up on players.  Every time you see him on the mound, you hope for that click," Guillen said, turning his hands to indicate gears locking together.  "I have confidence he’ll bounce back."

Saturday’s Lineup

Owens, CF; Ozuna, 2B; Swisher, 1B; PK, DH; Dye, RF; Crede, 3B; Ramirez, SS; BA, LF; Lucy, C.  Floyd on the mound.

11 Comments

here’s one fans perspective of todays game. first off it was another beautiful day here as they announced the Chicago game time temp at 35 and our temp at 78 with a high of 83. there was a slight breeze in from left and a very few scattered clouds. i’m glad that the lady next to me had some sun block to spare as i left mine at home. (smart move sherlock). with Mark and Webb starting the first two innings took about 20 minutes to play. total game time was over 3 hours. Mark looked good after he got going. he walked the first batter he faced (chris young) and it looked like Buehrle didn’t have his good stuff since he was high on most of his throws. but not to worry, he squared away and then gave way to MacDougal. (this is where kenwo turns off his radio), and although big Mac struggled again (giving up a three run homer to reynolds to deep left), he didn’t forfeit the lead. the d-backs tied the score at 4 in the 6th off of Broadway, but an error by shortstop lead to that run. all in all, Lance looked pretty good, as did most of our pitchers today.

here’s the good news as far as i’m concerned. Owens laid down a drag bunt in the ninth that started our winning inning. even with the d-backs ninth inning come-back try netting a run, and the tying runs in scoring position, we held our own and prevailed. that’s two in a row as Scott pointed out and with me in attendance, there is no longer room for any talk about a klein-curse. oh, yeah, i was saying the part of the game today i enjoyed most was us moving runners over, hitting to the opposite field (Thome did this) and aggressive base running. thank you Ozzie, keep it up. tomorrow is golf for me so i won’t be at another game until next week. i liked what i saw today for the most part and i think you all would too. j.k. reporting from the center of the White Sox Universe…… for another four weeks anyway……. happy weekend everybody…

I am glad Owens is playing well I don’t know why everyone anywhere can not believe for a second that he can not be a very good leadoff hitter. I am wondering with his new 10 pounds of muscle, has his throwing arm improved. I remember that being his only downside. He certainly can track down some balls in center.

The first time since 2005 I traded in my spring training trip for a San Francisco/White Sox trip this year. So of course the weather is perfect and the games are intriguing. If anyone is debating a trip out to San Fran in May I can tell you tickets to the games are cheap and readily available.

I loved to see that Santana got lit up yesterday. Mets fans have to be freaking. Wouldn’t it be funny if he just lost it altogether? (except against a certain team on the north side of Chicago, of course).

Heard Zambrano was his flaky self again, always good to hear…

I’m liking what I’ve heard about Contreras, Owens and hope to hear more about Ramirez soon. We’ll see how things continue soon enough…

j.k.: Nice job of reporting the details, sir…I think that Scott and Scott Merkin better watch out, or some old geezer is going to take their job from them during March…
One thing, though…

One of the Quaid rules is this…

Even though you have a great personal interest invested in this team… unless you are Scott Reifert or Ozzie or Kenny or Hawk or DJ…never refer to them as “we” or “us” or “our”…

On the other hand…that’s just MY viewpoint… you can do whatever you want…

As Johnny Mathis sang…”…It’s not for me to say…”

Also, to those of you out there in White Sox Universe who got all out of shape with the news of the opener this past week, those of you “doom and gloomers” who feel that the year is doomed to failure and that everything is going to be a repeat of last year,

please do all of the rest of us a tremendous favor…

Kepp it to yourselves…

Spring Training is for reconditioning and for getting back into the routine that it takes to make it through the long, nasty run that is the championship season…

I keep wondering why I have to keep reminding you of this…and then I read some of the posts and stories that come out of the desert southwest…

The word above is “keep”…not kepp…
It’s Spring Training for the typists, too…

By the way, Mr R… congratulations to ace photog(an old newspaper term there)Ron Vesely for proving us with proof positive of your role out there…
I am curious as to how much longer it will be before those pictures become screen savers for the Reifert family of computers…

bill b… Silly person,of course tickets to Pac Bell/AT&T/whatever the name of the park in the China Basin of San Francisco are cheap and readily available…
That’s because Giants management is hoping you won’t realize that it’s actually February in May out there, especially at night…

Just ask peggy writes about the night at the Oakland Mausoleum…I’m sorry, McAfee Mausoleum…

Two quick notes..1) I’m sure Ozzie doesn’t like to give up on a player, but at some point, you have to cut your losses. I’ve never been a fan of MacDougal. To me he’s always done more damage than good..by a long shot. Then he hits Crede in the hand… And now, he seems to be right back to where he was. I’m past waiting for that magic “fix”. 2) We will spend March 8th (Geuseppi’s birthday, btw) watching our first Spring Training game on the TV. Really looking forward to White Sox baseball, and the promise of warmer weather.. -Dawn

Ditto, Dawn. I really hope Mac OR Sisco doesn’t break camp. I don’t want Coop and Ozzie trying to get them “right” going into the season. Joe’s looking pretty good, will he be gone?

Mr. Quaid, you are correct that San Francisco nights can be really cool in May. However, the new AT&T park is much warmer than the old Candlestick park was. They built it especially to block the evening breezes.

Oakland, being across the bay, has very different weather from San Francisco. Night games in Oakland (except early in April, like opening day) are generally quite pleasant.

Bottom line, San Francisco has the nicer ballpark, and Oakland has the better weather.

Anyone coming out to see the Sox in SF, drop me a line, and maybe we can meet up at a game.

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