Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Getz 4, Fields 5, Quentin 7, Thome dh, Dye 9, Konerko 3, Pierzynski 2, Nix 6, Pods 8. Buehrle pitching.
Going for 5-0
Mark Buehrle is looking to start 5-0 for the first time in his career. The lefty won his first four starts in 2002 before dropping a decision. Jose Contreras (9-0 in 2006), Jon Garland (8-0 in 2005), Esteban Loiaza (5-0 in 2003) and James Baldwin (7-0 in 2000) are the most recent Sox pitchers to start a season at least 5-0. Wilson Alvarez (8-0 in 1994) is the last Sox left-hander to accomplish the feat.
Chicago has won three straight games vs. Detroit at U.S. Cellular Field, seven of the last eight and 12 of 16.
JD has a 10-game hitting streak vs. the Tigers, going 14-41 (.341) with four doubles, four home runs, nine RBI and 10 runs scored during that span.
Jim Thome needs three home runs to tie Mike Schmidt for 13th all-time (548).
Ozzie mentioned that Zach Greincke’s stuff the other night reminded him of Bret Saberhagen’s gem against us on August 26, 1991. It goes without saying that I hate to lose, but I was at that contest in KC, just over one month into a job that has now lasted 19 seasons. (How about the fact that I saw two no-hitters within five weeks of starting work … first by Wilson Alvarez and then Saberhagen’s).
Once or twice a season, a pitcher starts a game with explosive stuff, magical stuff. Invariably, something happens, he has to pitch out of the stretch and gives up a hit. Something fluky happens to spoil the night, etc.
That night with Saberhagen was special. His stuff sizzled. I remember knee-high pitch and knee-high pitch with the ball darting downward. You knew within an inning or so that we had almost no chance. It was a matter of if his dominance could overcome the baseball gods.
He did, striking out five and walking only two.
The Sox lineup that night: Raines, LF; Cora, 2B; Thome 1B; Ventura 3B; Fisk DH; Pasqua RF; Johnson CF; Karkovice C and Guillen SS. Charlie Hough started and lost. Pasqua and Karko were the two Sox who walked in the 7-0 loss.
The lineup for KC: McRae CF; Gibson LF; Brett DH; Eisenreich RF; Benzinger 1B; Pecota 2B; Mayne C; Howard SS; Shumpert 2B.
It was one of the most dominating pitching performances I’ve ever had the honor to watch, even though we lost.
I’m sure you’ve all seen our advertising campaign this year. It’s all about the unique traditions our players, staff and fans have related to the game.
What are your traditions? I’d love to hear about superstitiions or “must-do’s” that you, your friends or your family have surrounding a White Sox game, whether watching/listening at home or here at the ballpark.
We’re back in town, so you know there is a threat of rain. Should be fine, though.
It will be nice to see Scotty Pods tonight and say hello. What do you think fan reaction will be to one of the 2005 World Series heroes?
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Let’s win one tonight. Go Sox!