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This is what a night of satisfying baseball feels like:

Flying home later this morning.  More tomorrow.
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Minor league roundup:

  • Norfolk 2, Charlotte 0
    • Jordan Danks had the Knights’ lone hit; he also drew a walk and struck out.
    • Hitless: Tyler Flowers (two K’s), Alejandro De Aza (one K) and Brent Morel.
    • Daniel Hudson was good, but not efficient: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 100 pitches.
  • Birmingham 10, Montgomery 7
    • Christian Marrero went 1-for-4 with a triple, walk, strikeout and two RBI.
    • Jim Gallagher isn’t a prospect, but he’s on a helluva tear: 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
    • Justin Greene was 0-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout.
    • C.J. Retherford had two singles over five at-bats, including an RBI.
  • Winston-Salem 5, Lynchburg 3
    • Chris Sale struck out a batter in a 1-2-3 inning.
    • Brandon Short went 2-for-5 with a strikeout; Eduardo Escobar 2-for-4.
    • Jon Gilmore (one walk, one strikeout) and Jose Martinez (two K’s) were both 0-for-4.
    • Charles Leesman somehow threw five scoreless innings despite allowing six hits and four walks. He struck out only two.
    • Santos Rodriguez had big problems, allowing two hits and three walks while retiring just two batters (both by strikeout).
  • Kannapolis 5, Greeneville 2
    • Brady Shoemaker homered, singled, drove in two and struck out twice.
    • Kyle Colligan went 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
    • Justin Collop pitched seven strong, allowign two runs on six hits while striking out three.
  • Pulaski 9, Bristol 7
    • Tyler Saladino homered, singled, drove in three and struck out thrice.
  • Great Falls vs. Billings PPD
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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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bigfun

Great game – maybe the best I’ve seen in person since opening day.
I hope the Alexei haters will give this guy his due someday. Decent numbers at the plate for a shortstop, and some sweet plays on defense last night. Currently ranked as the shortstop with the best range by UZR and the tenth rangiest player overall.

tdogg

Yes. I have been big time on Alexei’s bandwagon and he is showing and proving (imo) that he’ll be a top 3 defensive shortstop. His WAR is now 1.9 for the season. His range is way ahead of the next closest SS.

soxfan1

I’m not an Alexi hater but if you watch him closely you will see that he is very average in the field. Range is one thing but his arm is very eratic and his work around the bag is too. He throws the ball in the dirt to Paulie just about every game (sometimes 2 or 3 times). Paulie has probably saved him 10-15 errors. At second base he has dancing feet and he is frequently off the bag on a relay or throw from the catcher. Vizquel has helped him a lot this year, but it’s too early to say he is a good shortstop. The rest of the country sees him as he is. Did he get any All Star votes from the fans or players??

tdogg

Surely this is not serious. Who cares about all star votes? Alexei makes throws from his backhand look as easy any ss in baseball and all the defensive metrics back up it. Excuse me if I doubt your eye test.

bigfun

From where are you getting the 10-15 range? A first baseman’s ability to scoop bad throws can only produce a small amount of defensive value (see here for a good review: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/first-basemen-scoops/). If Konerko could prevent that many errors from the shortstop he would probably be the best defensive first baseman in baseball.
Ramirez has caused errors at an average rate for shortstops this year (he was worse than average last year). Fantastic range + average errors = very good defender.

sars

Alexei sill #1 in UZR and UZR/150 by a long shot for all MLB SSs. soxfan1’s “very average” is apparently “best in all of baseball.”

striker

I think in 2011, in order to get off to a better start, the White Sox should start Ramirez and Floyd in AAA. They suck until June/July so why not keep them in AAA until then 🙂

soxicano

This team looks better than the 2008 division title team. Alexei is playing with more experience and much better instincts. Carlos Quentin is hitting like the Sox need him to (season stats should end 30 HR +, 30 doubles +, 100 RBI season)based on where he is at now. Both Alex Rios and Paul Konerko have exceeded expectations. We have a real lead off hitter and base stealer Pierre, and a real center fielder Rios. The pitching rotation by far exceeds the rotation of 08. Fab 5 Freddy, supposedly the 5 spot in the rotation, has an ace record. Curiously enough, the Sox are still able to develop young talent like Viciedo and Lillibridge even though the lineup is stacked. I find it disheartening to see Alexei being criticized when lately his glove and bat have been hot. To me it sounds like missing the forest for the tree.

bigfun

It’s improved quite a bit in the past few weeks, but in no sense is this lineup “stacked.” They’re in the bottom 10 in most offensive stats and in the bottom half in nearly all of them. Even if Quentin and Ramirez really have come around, there’s still 2-4 dead spots in the lineup.