Breaking News Bar
posted: 4/11/2012 9:08 PM

White Sox off to solid start

OK, it's a bit early for that kind of talk ... but Sox off to solid start

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • A Cleveland Indians fan watches alone from the left field stands in the ninth inning of the Indians 10-6 loss to the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game in Cleveland on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

      A Cleveland Indians fan watches alone from the left field stands in the ninth inning of the Indians 10-6 loss to the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game in Cleveland on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.
    Associated Press

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester throws against the Toronto Blue Jays in first inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

      Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester throws against the Toronto Blue Jays in first inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)
    Associated Press

  • Alejandro De Aza watches the flight of his 2-run home run in the sixth inning off Indians relief pitcher Dan Wheeler during the White Sox' victory Wednesday in Cleveland.

      Alejandro De Aza watches the flight of his 2-run home run in the sixth inning off Indians relief pitcher Dan Wheeler during the White Sox' victory Wednesday in Cleveland.
    Associated Press

 
 

When the White Sox are introduced before Friday afternoon's home opener against the Detroit Tigers, they deserve to file out of the dugout with their heads held high.

After completing an abbreviated two-game sweep over Indians with a 10-6 win at Progressive Field on Wednesday afternoon, former hitting star/current Comcast SportsNet analyst Frank Thomas said the Sox are playing like a team that can "sneak into the playoffs."

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Let's not go that far. The White Sox (3-2) had a successful trip to open the season, but there are still 157 games on the schedule.

Let's just say the Sox successfully cleared the first hurdle, and we'll see if they can keep it going at U.S. Cellular Field.

There was an important development in the win over Cleveland.

After Tuesday night's game was postponed due to poor weather, the Sox came out against Justin Masterson in Wednesday's matinee and pounded the Indians' ace early, scoring 4 runs on 3 hits, an error and wild pitch in the first inning.

That set the stage for the offensive outburst, which the White Sox needed.

While splitting the first four games of the season, the Sox scored 10 total runs and relied on standout pitching to stay afloat.

Jumping on Masterson early took the pressure off starter John Danks, who earned his first win of the season despite allowing 4 runs on 7 hits and 5 walks in 5 innings.

"You've got to give a lot of credit to the offense," Danks told reporters. "It's a tough day to pitch. You saw every pitcher who went in there ... it was cold out there. But we both have to play there, so I'm just happy to get the win."

Nothing went right for Danks early in 2011, and the left-hander went 0-8 before getting into the win column.

"At least I didn't have to wait until June (6) to win," Danks said. "All the credit goes to the offense. I was very fortunate to get those runs, especially against Masterson. He's one of the best."

The White Sox entered the game as one of the American League's worst teams in batting average (.221), runs scored and on-base percentage (.279).

But they battered Masterson and four Indians relievers for 10 runs on 11 hits while going 6-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

A.J. Pierzynski sparked the attack, going 3-for-4 with 4 RBI. The veteran catcher's 3-run homer in the sixth inning off left-hander Rafael Perez sealed the win for the Sox.

"He hung a slider," Pierzynski told reporters. "I've been facing (Perez) for years and he always makes good pitches, a good slider, good slider, good slider. Finally, he missed with one and I made contact."

Leadoff man Alejandro De Aza continued to make impressive contact, going 2-for-5 with a 2-run homer.

Paul Konerko (2-for-3, 2 RBI) stayed hot in the early going, and Adam Dunn shook off an early slump with 2 hits and 1 RBI.

When they face the Tigers on Friday, maybe the Sox will start combining good hitting with good pitching.

"This sounds corny, but it's a little bit of Americana when you come and have the opener at home and everyone comes out with all the bunting and everything," Ventura said. "It's fun. I'm looking forward to it."

sgregor@dailyherald.com

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here