Home Opener Happiness
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson set a franchise record for home openers with 13 strikeouts today in the 5-1 White Sox victory.
“I was able to come out early in the game and establish an early rhythm,” Jackson said. “And just continue on with it. Today, I didn’t really have too many innings were I was too wild. Anytime I can do that and make the hitters put the ball in play, I give myself a better chance to go deep in the game.
“Anytime I’m able to go out and get into an early rhythm and attack the strike zone, I like my odds,” the right-hander said. “I have trouble in the games where I get behind in the count and where I have to throw strikes.
“My main objective is to come out and get outs any way I can.”
Today’s crowd of 38,579 was a sellout.
Paul Konerko has now driven in at least one run in the Sox first six games of the season, a franchise record.
Prior to today’s game, the White Sox designated Lastings Milledge for assignment and purchased the contract of RHP Jeff Gray.
Ozzie Guillen wore a White Sox t-shirt with the letters L-A-P on the front in honor of longtime White Sox investor Larry Pogofsky, who passed away this winter.