Opening Day Fireworks
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Thanks to special work by Jake at MLBAM, we’ve found a way for me to post again to this blog. I apologize for going missing over the past week, but please know it was technical. It drove me crazy to not be able to update during a crucial week leading up to the season. But now, all is good …
And what a day we enjoyed yesterday with a 15-10 Opening Day victory. Adam Dunn (HR, 4 RBI) and Carlos Quentin (HR, 5 RBI) led the way offensively, while Mark Buehrle improved to 3-0 lifetime in Opening Day starts against the Indians. Dunn’s homer, the seventh Opening Day blast of his career, moved him into some heady company.
Most career opening day HR:
Griffey, Ken Jr. 8
Robinson, Frank 8
Mathews, Eddie 7
Mays, Willie 7
Ruth, Babe 7
Dunn, Adam 7
Quite the list of names.
Storylines for Saturday’s Game
The White Sox are looking for their first 2-0 start since 2005 and first 2-0 start on the road since 2005.
The Sox have won seven of their last eight games vs. Cleveland and five in a row at Progressive Field.
Edwin Jackson is 7-1 with a 2.67 ERA (21 ER/70.2 IP) lifetime vs. Cleveland and 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA (6 ER/35.1 IP) in six career starts at Progressive Field.
More Opening Day Recap
The White Sox improved to 58-53 all-time on Opening Day and 14-15 vs. Cleveland … the Sox have won six of their last seven season openers. The White Sox 15 runs scored were their second-most on Opening Day (17 in 1951), and the 18 hits were their third-highest total behind 1919 (21) and 1951 (19) … the Sox eight-run inning (fourth) is a club record for Opening Day (Elias). The 25 combined runs were the most on Opening Day since 1983 when San Diego won at San Francisco, 16-13 (Elias). The Sox scored 14 runs in the first four innings, a major-league record for Opening Day (Elias). Carlos Quentin’s five RBI tied Sammy Sosa (1991) for second-most by a White Sox player on Opening Day behind Minnie Minoso’s six in 1951 (Elias). Adam Dunn hit his seventh Opening Day home run, tied for second-most all-time (see box at right) … Dunn’s four RBI tied Al Zarilla (1951) and George Metkovich (1949) for most by a player in his White Sox debut (Elias.) Quentin and Dunn became the first pair of Sox teammates with four-plus RBI on Opening Day since Al Zarilla and Gus Zernial (four apiece) in 1951 (Elias).
As a Dr. Phillips girls high school basketball game played on the White Sox clubhouse televisions before Friday’s game, only one Sox player rooted for Dr. Phillips. Can you guess who? The rest cheered for whoever Dr. Phillips was playing …