Video: Kenny Williams on 'PTI'

The Sox opened up their second half with a thrilling 8-7 victory over Minnesota, and after watching a deep drive die on the warning track and a key grounder fail to escape the infield, it seems to me that Target Field might be exactly what everybody besides the Twins hoped it would be.
I’m short on time tonight, so here’s Kenny Williams on “Pardon the Interruption.”


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Minor league roundup:

  • Charlotte 6, Durham 2
    • Brent Morel was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, raising his average to .303.
    • Tyler Flowers doubled, walked twice and struck out once.
    • Jordan Danks was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
    • Lucas Harrell allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks over five innings, striking out four.
  • Birmingham 1, West Tenn 0
    • Christian Marrero went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
    • C.J. Retherford and Justin Greene were both 1-for-4.
  • Winston-Salem 9, Salem 6
    • Brandon Short homered, doubled, singled and drove in three over five ABs.
    • Jose Martinez went 2-for-4 with a walk.
    • Jon Gilmore wore the collar.
  • Lakewood 6, Kannapolis 5 (11 innings)
    • Tyler Saladino hit two singles and a double, walked once and struck out twice.
    • Nick Ciolli had a four-hit night, driving in one. He also stole his ninth base.
    • Kyle Colligan was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and two sac bunts.
    • Miguel Gonzalez went 2-for-5; Juan Silverio was 0-for-5 with two K’s.
  • Bristol 2, Princeton 1
    • Rangel Ravelo hit his first homer, and also drew a walk.
    • Screamin’ Kevin Moran walked two and threw a wild pitch in an inning, but struck out two and escaped with the safe despite allowing an unearned run.
  • Casper 6, Great Falls 5
    • Steven Upchurch: 6 2/3 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K. He allowed three of those runs in the seventh.
    • Andy Wilkins went 2-for-5; Ross Wilson 1-for-5.
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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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willardmarshall

Morel wants to know what it takes to merit a boldfacing.

bigfun

Hit for some power, or draw more walks and strike out less. All he has is a pretty empty BABIP-aided .300. He’s not doing badly by any means but I think its defensible to leave him unbolded.

chisoxt

He is not bolded because, I believe he will likely be moved for something in a trade.

knoxfire30

Again, who are these guys, showing a resiliant attitude and coming back and winning vs minnesota when in the last 3 innings it looked like the twins were gonna come back and take it from the sox. What a turnaround. And thank god the old twinkie dome is a thing of the past we never win that game in the old dome, never!

Shinons

Hell of a way to start this road trip. It was great seeing the offense actually bail out Danks for once and get him a win when his stuff wasn’t great.

knoxfire30

And not sour grapes but home plate umpires like last night make questec a real possibility in the bigs, its freaking hard to be that awful at your job, just pathetic.

blacksox56

i hope hudson turns it around his next start. he’s facing the mariners, so that should help some…

marshlands

Coming to NBC next year: “The Principal” starring Jerry Reinsdorf in the title role, and Ozzie Guillen and Kenny Williams as classroom arch-enemies.
KW jokes about it, but it doesn’t seem far off considering he still eats a PBJ for lunch everyday at his age.

soxicano

I am so proud of this team. No matter how bad they get beaten back they pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and strike back. Most doubters and haters of Ozzie saw this lineup as his pink slip coming. Instead his tapestry of Ozzieball, mainly putting the ball in play and taking bases advantageously, putting guys in position to score, “run and gun”, hit and run, whatever, is working and its working because of the lineup he has molded. The Sox are now more like the southside piranas. Their bite is as deep as their bullpen.

bigfun

The White Sox are creating more outs on the basepaths than any other team: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/who-are-creating-outs-running-the-bases/
They’re like piranhas swimming into a dam turbine. Goooo Ozzieball!

bigfun

Fair enough – and the writer of what I linked to admits that its an insufficient measure. Nonetheless -2 doesn’t exactly sound like a “tapestry of Ozzieball” to me.
Sounds like the same “Ozzieball” gimmick of 2005 – some desultory aggressiveness on the basepaths making only a small difference in the outcomes of games, while the offense really runs on power (5th most HRs in the majors right now) to cover for merely average on-base skills.