Saturday, June 26, 2010
Paulie and Fastballs
As Paul Konerko walked to the plate in the eighth inning, Dan Fabian, White Sox director of baseball operations, turned to me and said: “This is a good matchup.”
Konerko then deposited Andrew Cashner’s 97-mph fastball into the left center field bleachers for a 3-2 White Sox victory.
“Tip your hat to him,” said Cubs manager Lou Piniella. “He hit a good fastball out of the ballpark.”
Think of all the hard throwers Konerko has homered against over the years: Billy Koch, Matt Anderson, Joel Zumaya, Kyle Farnsworth. You cannot throw a fastball past Paul Konerko.
“Paul is a quiet leader,” said Ozzie Guillen after the game. “He doesn’t get panicked in crucial situations. He seems to get more relaxed.”
Cashner is just the latest major league pitcher to learn the fact.
How many times in the past three weeks have the White Sox benefited from having three natural shortstops on the infield at one time. You saw it again in the ninth inning when a Vizquel to Beckham to Konerko double play sealed the deal. How about that turn by Beckham at second base.
Following tonight’s victory, the White Sox were presented with the inaugural BP Cup, which goes to the head-to-head series winner in the annual White Sox vs. Cubs showdown.
Tonight’s victory extends the White Sox winning streak to 11 games, their longest since 6/17-27/61. The 11 straight victories are tied with the 1915 team for fifth-most in franchise history. The club record of 19 straight was set in 1906.
Sox starting pitchers are 12-1 with a 1.91 ERA and 16 quality starts in their last 17 games … Sox have won 15 of last 16 and improved to 15-8 in one-run games … are 15-2 in interleague play, having won 11 straight … eighth win in last at-bat … have won 11 of 14 vs. the Cubs … have now won seven consecutive home games and are 5-0 on this homestand, which concludes tomorrow.
Quote of the Day
I heard this somewhere about five years ago …
“Winning is fun and fun is winning.”