Wednesday, June 22, 2011
First Round Finale
Right-hander Jake Peavy, who will activated prior to today’s game in order to start, is 5-2 with a 2.40 ERA lifetime against the Cubs.
One of tonight’s ceremonial first pitches will be thrown by 10-year-old Jacob Peavy, who is celebrating a birthday.
The Sox are 25-17 since 5/7, the second-best record in the American League behind Boston.
Pregame Monday, I passed Paul Konerko in the clubhouse and said with a smile, “You must really like sleeping in your own bed” after his three-game, three-homer weekend in Arizona.
Apparently, it wasn’t just that as PK now has homered in five straight games to tie a franchise record.
He is the fifth player (sixth time) in White Sox history to accomplish the feat. The last major leaguer to homer in six straight games was Carlos Pena for Tampa (6/6-12/10).
Konerko has hit in 19 of his last 20 games (.446, 33-74) with seven doubles, 11 home runs and 22 RBI.
With 54 homers in interleague play, PK trails only Jim Thome (57) and Ken Griffey Jr. (55) all-time.
Mr. Mayor and The Coach
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will attend tonight’s game and Chicago Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau, NBA Coach of the Year, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.