Getaway day big for Hudson

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A few unconnected thoughts:
*September can’t come soon enough, and not just because the Sox hold a two-game lead in the division.  It’s because Ramon Castro is still socking the snot out of the ball. He’s hitting .306/.393/.512, even though he plays roughly a week. Ozzie Guillen doesn’t like using a catcher in the DH spot, which is unfortunate considering he owns the hottest bat of the ineligibles.
*It feels like Scott Linebrink gives up a run every time he pitches, but that’s just because he doesn’t pitch enough.  The homer to Jack Cust was the first run he allowed since June 22 — but he had only appeared in six games since then before Sunday. What a use of $5.5 million.
*Freddy Garcia was squeezed by Laz Diaz en route to the shortest start of his career, but Diaz may have made up for all those calls with the called third strike he gave Tony Pena. Wow.
*Garcia’s dud means that even more is on Daniel Hudson’s plate, since he was already 1) trying to establish himself as a viable Jake Peavy replacement, and 2) trying to establish himself as a viable White Sox, period. And he’ll be facing Oakland’s best, Brett Anderson.
It’s an uphill climb, but if Hudson were to prevent a losing streak and even up a difficult road trip at 5-5 while being responsible for none of the losses, that would be quite the statement win, wouldn’t it?
But a quality start would be fine, too.
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Minor league roundup:

  • Indianapolis 8, Charlotte 5
    • Alejandro De Aza tripled, singled twice, stole two bases and struck out twice.
    • Carlos Torres hit a wall in the sixth, and control issues were his undoing: 5 1/3 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 7 BB, 4 K.
    • Tyler Flowers was 0-for-3 with a strikeout and an HBP.
    • Brent Morel was 0-for-4 with a K.
  • West Tenn 4, Birmingham 3
    • Christian Marrero doubled twice and drove in two over four ABs.
    • Justin Greene (three K’s) and Eduardo Escobar (one) were both 1-for-4.
  • Potomac 7, Winston-Salem 2
    • Jon Gilmore went 1-for-3 with a walk.
    • Jose Martinez did the same, except he struck out twice.
    • Brandon Short was hitless over five ABs with a strikeout.
    • Stephen Sauer allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings, striking out four.
  • Kannapolis 14, Asheville 0
    • Andre Rienzo struck out 10 over six innings, allowing only a pair of singles.
    • Tyler Saladino (double, strikeout), Nick Ciolli (double, triple) each went 3-for-5.
    • Brady Shoemaker homered as part of a 2-for-4 day.
    • Juan Silverio went 1-for-4 with a double, walk and two strikeouts.
  • Bristol 6, Pulaski 2
    • Matthew Heidenreich allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings, with no walks and four strikeouts.
    • Daniel Black doubled twice with an RBI and a strikeout over four ABs.
  • Great Falls 4, Casper 3 (10 innings)
    • Thomas Royse struck out six over six, allowing a run on two hits and no walks.
    • Ross Wilson went 1-for-3 with two walks.
    • Andy Wilkins was 0-for-3 with a walk.
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Jim Margalus
Jim Margalus

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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matt1184

i thought braden was pitching

ricksch

Castro was the only one who came to play yesterday — which begs the question why he doesn’t get a few more starts. AJ is Mr. 0-2 count hitting .240 with an OBS around .290. I guess he has all those great “intagibles”.
The A’s show us just how pathetic our DH by committee is as Jack Cust pummels White Sox pitching all weekend long. Cust spent half the year in the A’s farm system. Meanwhile, we still have the great Mark Kotsay on this team! Hey, the A’s fan still love him! Kotsay for Cust one up?

chisoxt

Also, yesterday’s performance by Garcia speaks volumes as to why you keep Daniel Hudson. That is two sub par starts in a row for Garcia (he got hit very hard in Minny) whose contribution has been wonderful so far this season. However, IMO, you cannot count on Freddy for much the rest of the way.

soxfan1

I think chisoxt may be right. Freddy has been great this year but he may be coming to the end of his super- effective streak. Hudson is just too valuable to trade.

chisoxt

After watching Daniel crap the bed in the second inning of today’s game, chisoxt may be wrong. That said, we may have a huge problem with our fourth and fifth starting pitchers.
The results of injuries to major players often take a couple of weeks to manifest themselves. Are we seeing now the impact of losing Peavy for the season?

blah

Do you mean OBP?

moroots

Or how about A.J. pick up an XBH more than once every lunar cycle.

ricksch

yes OBP — and I agree we’ve gotten more out of Garcia than I could have ever dreamed of coming into the season and we shouldn’t be counting on much more.
Picking up a decent starter has got to trump the lefty bat at this point (though both are needed if KW is taking this seriously). Hopeful on Hudson but you can’t be counting on him for much more than what a number 5 would do for you.