The offensive onslaught seeped over from Friday into Saturday as the White Sox scored five early runs in an 8-3 victory over Cleveland. What was important to see here is that after the Indians scored three runs back, the White Sox not only stopped the bleeding, but they added insurance runs on later in the game.
Gordon Beckham and Carlos Quentin each had two more hits, and Edwin Jackson, aside from one bad inning, did what he expects to do on the mound – win.
The most pleasant statistic to look at through the first two days is the White Sox average with runners in scoring position – .556 (15-for-27). When you get base hits with guys on base, you’re going to win a bunch of ball games. Obviously this number is destined to come back down to earth, but it’s still a good thing to see this early in the season, especially when you look at last year where the White Sox were 1-for-8 with RISP in their first two games – a microcosm of the larger problem early last season…the White Sox didn’t hit.
They didn’t pitch much either early last year, so having just one ugly frame (which included a double-error by Brent Morel) Saturday is a welcome sight. Chris Sale and Sergio Santos finished the game off, and now the White Sox have a ton of confidence to start the season.
John Danks, who had a root canal infection and had to go see the dentist, is expected to make his start Sunday as the White Sox go for the sweep of Cleveland.