Sunday, August 2, 2009

Small Ball Defeats Big Budget as White Sox Take On Yankees

Had you looked at tonight’s scoreboard and seen 14-4 and 2 errors, you naturally would have assumed that the score was in favor of the Yankees. You would have, of course, been wrong. Yes, the White Sox, famous for losing embarrassingly against their division rivals the Tigers and Twins, beat the famous New York Yankees. The Yankees gave up two separate 6-run innings, including 3 walks with the bases loaded.

It seems everything was going right for the Sox today, in their 3rd straight win against the New Yorkers. And the weird thing? Not one home run!

It’s really great to see that, the same way it happened with Danks and Floyd, investing trust and responsibility in youngsters is paying dividends- and sooner than expected. The Double Machine, Chris Getz (or as I’ve lovingly taken to calling him: [CARL!]) was 3-for-5 today and scored two runs and stole 2nd, then 3rd base. Gordon Beckham was 2-for-6, but knocked in 4! Even Jayson Nix was unbelievably productive despite his poor fielding. He walked FOUR TIMES today and had a double during his other at-bat.

Here’s something you haven’t seen in awhile: Bobby Jenks getting 3 easy outs in the 9th. Maybe it’s the pressure of the situation that gets to him after all.

But it’s not all fun and games. Although John Danks got himself out of a bases-loaded situation pretty nicely, he seemed to be struggling to get the ball over the plate at times. He seemed to rebound, but it was strange to see him falter around 72 pitches.

So, there you have it folks. The Sox wiggled their way back into second place, just 1.5 games behind the tigers, and 1.5 games in front of the Twinkies. Here’s to more good stuff as Buehrle faces Sabathia on Sunday.

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