Because of Ike, the weather in the Chicago-land area hasn’t been the best. The White Sox / Tigers game was postponed until Sunday in which they only played two games. If the Sox need to play the final game, they will do so after the season is over.
Game One of the Double Hitter had Javy toeing the mound for the Sox. The Sox needed a strong performance from the righty, and they got that and more. Javy was dominate throughout the game going 7 innings and giving up no runs. He struck out eight, reaching the 2,000th strike out mark for his career. The only runs the Tigers scored were off of Bobby Jenks in the 9th.
The way that Bobby has pitched in his last few appearances worry me. He hasn’t been dominate as we know he can be. It seems that every time he goes to mound there is undue excitement he adds by letting baserunners get on base.
The Pale Hose managed to draw first blood. Griffey doubled to deep right-center, and Uribe smacked a single to center scoring Griffey. Alexei extended the lead hitting his 17th home run of the season while Wise and Dye hit RBI doubles. The Sox won 4-2. It was a solid win for the Sox. I loved the sacrifice bunts from Wise. I think the Sox have a better lineup when Wise bats second. I think the injury to Quentin might have been a blessing in that sense to give Wise opportunities to shine.
Game Two started with Danks on the mound, and he picked up where Javy left off. He cruised through the Tigers and pitched 6 solid innings. Ozzie handed the game off to the bullpen and all hell broke lose. Linebrink gave up a two run homer, Logan gave up a solo shot, and Dotel gave up a grand slam. Detroit scored seven runs in two innings to tie the Sox at 7-7. You kind of felt the game slipping away, but there was hope. After the Sox loaded the bases, Wise went in to pinch-hit for Brian Anderson. Wise launched a grand slam, his first, into right field to go ahead of the Tigers 11-7. Thornton finished up pitching the 9th for a White Sox winner. The Sox were lucky to even have Wise make it to the plate. OC hit a hard grounder to third, but it wasn’t fielded cleanly and everyone was save that lead to Wise’s heroics.
On a day that the bullpen looked horrid, the offense kicked it up a dial to squeak out the win. Wise was the man of the day. Griffey almost hit two home runs, and I look for him to get warm now at the plate. Thome has been getting it done. JD needs to pick it up a little, but for the most part, they all were solid this weekend.
Because of the rain this weekend, PK couldn’t work out, so the Sox are unsure when he can return. There is no word on CQ or Crede.
The Sox are 1 1/2 games ahead of the Twins. The Sox start a four game series with the Yankees in NY tonight, and this is going to be a critical road trip for the Pale Hose. The bullpen will need to step it up because the Yankees will come out to play.