How can anyone forget the White Sox marketing team trying their best to spin a rebuilding year for the Sox with the campaign, “The Kids Can Play.” It turned out to be the perfect slogan as the Sox won 95 games that season with then youngsters, Magglio Ordonez, Paul Konerko, and Carlos Lee alongside veterans Frank Thomas and Jose Valentin. Last night it felt the same out on the field as the Sox won their third straight game in an over five-hour plus extra inning affair with the Indians. Alejandro De Aza went 3-for-7 with two triples, two RBIs, and two runs scored; Tyler Flowers playing for the injured AJ Pierzynski was 2-for-7 with a triple and RBI; Brent Morel went 4-for-7 with a run scored and some great plays in the field.
Tyler Flowers since taking on a full-time roll at catcher is hitting .375 with a homer run, a double, a triple,a RBI, and a run. Not too shabby for someone with only 27 big league games under his belt. Pierzynski going to the DL is shocking since this is his first visit to the DL ever, but when you get drilled in the wrist by a fastball these things sometimes happen. Even with his visit to the DL he still leads all AL catchers with games started at catcher with 103 (105 total games) and total innings caught at 862-1/3. It looks like we finally have a legitimate back-up for AJ.
The big story of the night isn’t really the play by the Sox talented youngsters it’s Juan Pierre hitting a home run and driving in the winning run in the 14th to up the White Sox record against the AL Central post All-Star break to 13-5 and improve to 7 – 1 against the Tribe this year. Pierre had a solid evening going 3-for-7 with a homer, two RBIs and a run scored. This was a big win, not only because the game went 5 hours and 21 minutes, and usually the winner of a game like that controls the series, but the Tigers won easily behind Cy Young hopeful, Justin Verlander, who improved to 18 – 5 on the year. A pretty spectacular year for a pretty spectacular pitcher. As a Sox fan I can take solace in that fact that we’ve played him tough the last two games we faced him winning 8-2 and losing 5-4 on a go ahead hit in the top of the ninth after the Sox tied the game in the bottom of the 8th off Verlander. It’s not much, but he good.
The Sox made it over their hardest hurdle of the year, .500 for the first time since April 15. If they continue to play the way have in the second half they will win the division. The Sox lead the division with a 17-12 record, the Tigers are second at 16-14, and the Indians are 13-16 in the second half. Things are looking good for the Sox. Don’t stop now boys!
GAME NOTE: The Sox had five triples coming one shy of tying the White Sox record set back in 1920.