From Joe Jackson to Frank Thomas, A Look at the Chicago White Sox, Both Past and Present
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The Chi Sox finished 1-7 this week. Tigers Pitcher had the Sox hitless through 7 innings, when a controversial hit wasn’t ruled an error. Brandon Inge grabbed a hard hit grounder and botched the throw to Cabrera at 1st. Inge told the press it should have been an error. The Tigers pitching went deep in all 3 games against the Chi Sox, shutting them out in the last two games of the series. Adam Dunn continues to struggle with the adjustment to the DH position. It’s not time to hit the panic button on Chicago’s south side yet, although many are thinking it’s time to move the hand closer to that button.
The White Sox went 2-5 this week ending with the Angels sweeping them. Injured starter, Jake Peavy, is due back quite soon. “[I am] just waiting for the days to come up and see what happens,” said Guillen. “Right now, I want Jake back. But I don’t count on him right away because that’s too much to ask.” Guillen says it’s too early to be upset or worried about the “up-side down” Central standings. “Kansas City is playing pretty good ball. Cleveland is playing very well,” said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. “I said [the Indians are tough] when we left Cleveland, and people laughed at me.”
The Sox are off to a quick start, as well as the Royals, with a 6-3 start. In a 4 game set against the Rays, the Sox went 3-1 with the loss coming on Friday. It was released Friday that slugger, Manny Ramirez, would be suspended for 100 games for testing positive for a second time for banned substances. In the first game of the series, Edwin Jackson pitched 8 innings, allowing only 4 hits and an earned run. Jackson is now 2-0 on the season. Gavin Floyd also pitched a gem, allowing 4 hits and no earned runs in 8 innings. The White Sox are looking very strong in their starting rotation. The offense is on a tear right now too.
The White Sox got off to a quick start offensively, scoring 23 runs combined in their first two games against the Tribe. Their Season Opener was blown open in the 4th inning, where the Chi Sox scored 8 runs. Quentin hit a two run double in the 7th to give the Sox so breathing room in yesterday’s win. The Sox went for the sweep today, but the Tribe pitching held them to only one run. The Sox also hit into a double play that started off a popped up bunt. Though the Sox bats fell short today, it is a very impressive start to their season.
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