Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Fast & Furious
The phones won’t stop ringing here today, which is a great thing for the White Sox (and especially for PR people at the White Sox). It is amazing how winning changes everything. The days go quicker. You can’t wait for first pitch. Games fly by, and there are so many positive story lines each and every day …
… Chris Sale’s strikeouts, Adam Dunn’s home run, Paul Konerko’s hitting streak, Addison Reed’s ninth inning …
Someone might say it is a Contagion.
Sale’s 15 strikeouts yesterday fell one short of Jack Harshman’s club record, tying three other pitchers (Eddie Cicotte, Jim Scott and Ed Walsh, twice) for second in White Sox history. Sale’s 15 were the most since Jason Bere struck out 14 Twins on June 28, 1995.
Again to Paul Konerko on winning AL Player of the Week honors (any surprise there)? PK hit .583 with four doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI in six games to win his second award of the year and sixth of his career. He hit his 400th home run with the White Sox on May 27 vs. Cleveland and trails only Frank Thomas (448) in franchise history.
Do you think those critics of the White Sox farm system over the past years noticed yesterday’s game? Chris Sale, first round pick of 2010, struck out 15 in 7.1 IP, Gordon Beckham, first pick in 2008, singled right before Adam Dunn’s 2-run home run, and Addison Reed, third rounder in 2010, earned the save.
Most of us will take big league production over prospect status anytime.