Going Buck-wild

Winding down from a busy weekend, one thought I had while watching the past two games.
Factor in the following about a certain Blue Jay:

  1. He’s hit more homers against the White Sox than any other team
  2. His contract is up at the end of the year
  3. He’s a former Royal

What do you get? Ladies and gentlemen, introducing your 2011 starting catcher, John Buck.
Minor league roundup:

  • Charlotte 8, Pawtucket 4
    • Daniel Hudson has strung together strong starts: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K.
    • Tyler Flowers went 0-for-2 with a sac fly, walk and two strikeouts.
    • C.J. Retherford went 1-for-4; Jordan Danks drew the collar and struck out once.
    • Dayan Viciedo singled and walked.
    • Nice game for non-prospect Javier Colina: 3-for-3, two doubles, a homer and five RBI.
    • Stefan Gartrell also doubled twice.
  • Mississippi 1, Birmingham 0
    • Brent Morel doubled and struck out twice.
    • John Shelby went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
    • Christian Marrero was 0-for-3.
  • Winston-Salem 16, Salem 13
    • Brandon Short went 5-for-6 with a double and three RBI.
    • Eduardo Escobar had three hits, two RBI and two strikeouts.
    • Jon Gilmore went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
    • Justin Greene singled, doubled, tripled, walked, drove in two and scored four runs.
    • Drew Garcia went 3-for-4 with a double, homer and four RBI.
    • Nevin Griffith allowed five runs on five hits and two walks over four innings, striking out four.
    • Kyle Bellamy struck out four over 1 2/3 innings, but allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits.
  • West Virginia 3, Kannapolis 1
    • Trayce Thompson went 0-for-4 with a K.
    • Miguel Gonzalez and Kyle Colligan did the same, but struck out twice.
    • Brady Shoemaker drew two walks and struck out twice in four PAs.
    • Cameron Bayne struck out six over 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk.
    • Ryan Buch pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, walking one.
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Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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I was hoping the Sox would sign Buck as a backup over Castro, but with teams willing to start him there was no chance.
While looking up some contract info on him I stumbled across some articles saying he broke up Peavy’s perfect game bid in the 6th. And I got to wondering, what constitutes a perfect game bid, or a no hitter bid for that matter?
Five innings? Five innings are what’s required for a win, it makes the game official, and the halfway point is in the fifth inning. So I guess maybe that’s their reasoning.
I’ve always needed a perfect game or no hitter to continue through the sixth inning for it to get my attention. You get through the lineup twice, you have enough innings for a quality start, all that jazz.
I remember reading an article (I think on Beyond the Box Score) that listed perfect game bids through various innings and I seem to recall there was a big dropoff after six, too, which would support my choice if I remember correctly (I haven’t been able to find it).
At any rate, I think we’re too willing to consider something a “bid”- lots of people go perfect through five (and even six) and lots of people take no hitters pretty deep in games.
There was a point to be made there somewhere, but I seem to have forgotten it so I’ll go out with this:
Peavy was exactly as advertised tonight. Lots of Ks, not many BBs, not many hits, a few fly balls that go further than we’d like (but kept mostly harmless due to the not many baserunners allowed), and plenty of innings. I was surprised to see him come back out for the 8th, especially given that he was already past 100 pitches. (I actually expected the Freddy treatment where he’d come out, take his applause, and then be replaced.) I was disappointed to see Gonzalez hit the homer, but he shut it down for the rest of the 8th.
I like this Peavy a lot more. He’s not QUITE back to form (he should have stared those fly balls back into the stadium, out of play, or simply burst them into flames with his glare) but I suspect that is coming. The only drawback has been that last start he didn’t wear the high socks and stirrups. But then, he didn’t wear the black jersey either, so who knows.
And he does need a better nickname than “Jakemeister”. There has to be a music-related pun hidden in there somewhere, after his whole woodjock thing and the fact that Peavey, the guitar-and-amp people, are also from the south. But I can’t think of any.


I think 7 usually. No hitters (officially) have to go 9 anyway. I remember Paul Byrd no hitting the Sox though 5 or 6 innings and getting smoked in the 7.


Braden has a perfect game bid in the 8th


Fun fact: Braden makes $420,000 a year, which is about what gamer who won $1M in perfect game contest will NET after taxes.