The Chicago White Sox keep on rolling in their quest to sit atop the AL Central. And for once, everything seems to clicking. The offense, the defense, the pitching – all three of these things are finally working together. It was because of this sometimes-elusive combination that the Sox were able to take three of four from the Toronto Blue Jays. However, if you were to pick one thing from this series that especially stood out, it would be the starting pitching. The Sox staff made sure not to allow any more than three runs over the four-game set, including Jake Peavy who pitched a splendid eight innings in a 3-2 loss, the only one of the series.
In that first game, Peavy kept the Sox in contention, only giving up two earned runs while striking out six. His bullpen just couldn’t back him up though, and Leyson Septimo continued his struggles. It would’ve been nice for the Sox offense to help out a bit more too, but that would come in the next three games.
In the second game of the series, the Pale Hoses’ bats came alive in the fifth inning, scoring three runs… and that’s all they would need. The return of Dewayne Wise has been a very nice surprise, as in this game he came through with a big RBI, and would later add to that in the next couple of games. And once again, Sox pitching was stellar. Jose Quintana picked up his fifth win of the season, while Addison Reed recorded a four-out save to tie up the series.
The third game was where the offense really erupted. A.J. Pierzynski extended his hitting streak to sixteen, and as mentioned previously, Wise came up big with a home run and four RBIs, allowing the Sox to topple the Jays 9-5. Gavin Floyd pitched six strong innings to bolster the offense. Now this right here is what White Sox fans want to see. This is good, fun, entertaining baseball. It wins games, it gets the team farther ahead of the Detroit Tigers, and it helps us fans look forward to that cold-weather baseball in October.
After the third game, the Sox had a chance to win the series, and Francisco Liriano probably wanted that more than anybody. He got it, securing his first win in a White Sox uniform. With six punch-outs and only two earned runs, we’re starting to see what a change of scenery can do for a guy, and damn, is it good to have this former “piranha” pitching for the South Siders. Philip Humber came in and pitched a perfect ninth for the second time in the series, shoring up an awesome game for the pitching staff. Alex Rios continued to show his dominance, hitting a mammoth homer and knocking in three runs total.
Seeing this team clicking over the past few weeks has been fun to watch. If you haven’t been watching, turn the TV on, plop yourself down, and be amazed. This team has all the pieces, all of them; don’t be fooled by any lackluster performances you’ve seen thus far. When a team is clicking on all cylinders like this one, it’s hard to get off the track. When the Sox face off against Detroit in the next several days, it will certainly decide who will come out on top at the end of the regular season.
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