Sox have flair for dramatic, if not hitting

Efficiency seems to be the name of the game this season, at least when it comes to the offense.
The Sox started the season by scoring nine runs on eight hits over their first two games.  On Monday, Mark Teahen continued to make us aware that he only hits when it counts.
Tuesday?  Not only did the Sox score two runs on their only hit, but they broke up Ricky Romero’s no-hitter with the most emotional impact possible.
Step 1: A.J. Pierzynski made enemies with another entire city by faking a hit-by-pitch.  It wasn’t even close to hitting his foot, but by limping 45 feet and pointing to his toe, he somehow won over a skeptical Tim McClelland.
If McClelland didn’t give it to him, would Pierzynski have sold it to the end like the infamous University of Arkansas catcher from a few years ago?

I don’t think he’d go that far, but somehow, he’s never had to answer that question.  Some guys can just take shortcuts, and they piss everybody off because the majority can’t take advantage of the same openings, whether it’s ethics or a lack of vision involved.
Step 2: Alex Rios answered boos with a no-doubt shot on a hanging changeup. “YOUR HATRED FEEDS ME!” (safe for casual work environments only).
It’s nice to see Rios’ stats start lining up with how he’s been hitting the ball. His homer gives him a line of .258/.324/.516, and he still has a little bit of room with BABIP to work with.
There’s not much else to say. Romero had all his pitches working, he made patterns nearly impossible to decipher, and leadoff man Omar Vizquel (let me never have to write those words again) was cheating like mad on fastballs that never came.
Hey, sometimes they can beat Toronto with only one hit.  Tuesday wasn’t one of those nights.
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Christian Marrero Reading Room:
*Orlando Hudson thinks race may have a part in why Jermaine Dye is still unemployed.  Obviously I’m not qualified to see the whole picture, but when you look at Jim Thome, Jack Cust and Hank Blalock, I still think the main reason is that he couldn’t have marketed himself much worse.
*Ozzie Guillen has Rios’ back, and is trying to downplay Jake Peavy’s slow start as well.
*Speaking of Peavy, J.J. did some nice work looking into his pitch selection on Monday.
*Oral Sox has a new podcast up. Forgot to link to this earlier.
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Minor league roundup:

  • Charlotte 6, Norfolk 1
    • Lucas Harrell bounced back from a shelling by striking out seven over six shutout innings. He allowed just five hits and a walk.
    • The 2-for-4 club: Jordan Danks (RBI, walk, stolen base), Tyler Flowers (two RBI) and Dayan Viciedo (one walk, two strikeouts).
    • C.J. Retherford and Brent Lillibridge went 2-for-5.  Lillibridge is hitting .455.
    • Clevelan Santeliz struck out two in a perfect inning of work.
  • Potomac 5, Winston-Salem 4 (12 innings)
    • Stephen Sauer had uncharacteristic control issues, walking three over six innings. He limited the damage to three runs, striking out four.
    • Santos Rodriguez struck out a batter over a scoreless inning.
    • Jon Gilmore went 2-for-6 with an RBI and two strikeouts.
  • Lexington 8, Kannapolis 5
    • Matthew Hopps’ line: 1 1/3 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 0 K. He also threw a pickoff throw away.
    • Kyle Bellamy struck out two and walked one over two hitless innings.
    • Nick Ciolli went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two strikeouts.
    • Brady Shoemaker went 1-for-4; Daniel Wagner doubled, walked and drove in two.
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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

Following up on the comment section from the April 9 post, I want to know if commentor ricksch has warmed up to Rios at all, or if he counts this as another wasted home run because the Sox weren’t going to win anyway. And if the latter, is the superclutch Teahen rick’s favorite player?

ricksch

It’s important for Rios to get off to any kind of decent start and happily he’s doing better than last year. Considering nearly the whole team is pressing Rios’ .258 AVG. looms larger. You can decide for yourself is either of his homers meant all that much, but the hits he had on Monday were meaningful. Teahen had a good day. I’d like to see him have a couple more.
The pattern of good pitching not being backed up by any hitting, be it situational or otherwise, is developing. Suddenly Ricky Romero is Felix Hernandez? To the Sox line-up, I guess so.
I’m going to starting an Adrian Gonzalez drumbeat soon, but it’s only just mid-April.

striker

When I got a text of the score and saw 2 runs, I hoped it was Rios that hit a 2-run homer to break it up. Take that Blue Jays fans! 🙂 Great game by Romero. When some pitchers are on there isn’t much you can do, except small ball. And we don’t do that.
BTW, if you weren’t aware of this, MLB will txt you the score of a game if you text it first. Text Whitesox to 65246 and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
http://mlb.mlb.com/mobile/teamTxt.jsp?c_id=mlb
Great when you are on the go and HAVE to know what’s going on.

K8T

Or you can text “white sox” to 466453 during the game.They text you back the score almost instantly. At least, that’s how it was last year.

Shinons

Interesting thoughts from Orlando Hudson. I’d say it had more to do with refusing to play DH full time even though he was the worst defensive player in the league, being terrible offensively last year, moping when we brought on Rios, and having a completely deluded interpretation of his market. Too bad, comments like that don’t do favors for anyone.

cushinglee

Hudson’s comment was dumb. Every time it gets near MLB’s Jackie Robinson day, you hear the same stuff every year. If baseball WAS racist, then Orlando wouldn’t have a job, and everyone at MLB Network wouldn’t be sucking up to him all the time.

sophist

What kind of pitcher is Bukvich?

knoxfire30

uh…. uh…. right handed