Opening Day Postgame
Monday, April 5, 2010
Very nice 6-0 win by the White Sox over the Indians today, led by Mark Buehrle’s 7.0 shutout IP and home runs by Paul Konerko and Alex Rios.
Rios and Buehrle each turned in magnificant defensive plays. Buehrle’s will be talked about all season long, while Rios capped a wonderful afternoon for Sox fans.
As someone noted, “He just won his second Gold Glove right there.” Buehrle is scheduled to be presented with his 2009 Gold Glove before Saturday’s game.
He came into the postgame interview room with ice on his shoulder (usual) and on his shin.
“It’s broken. Out 6-8 weeks,” he joked.
“I’ve always taken pride in my ability to field my position,” Buehrle noted. “See why we do all the PFP (pitcher fielding practice) work in spring training? It pays off.”
Anytime you have a curtain call in the first inning (PK’s opposite field HR), you know it’s a good day. After getting robbed of a hit in one at-bat, Rios drove a fastball over the center field fence for his first home run. He then sped into the left-center field gap to snag the final out of the game with a diving catch.
J.J. Putz striking out two in his one inning of work … Matt Thornton blowing away Indian hitters in the ninth inning … Carlos Quentin taking two HBP for the team.