Jake Peavy, starting to look more like the pitcher acquired from the Padres than he has in recent years, lead the Sox to a victory over the Orioles behind 7 innings of 4 hit, 1 run ball. A solid effort from the bullpen tandem of Ohman, Reed and Jones finished it off and the Sox are once again placing tallies in the win column.
White Sox: 8
Peavy was solid from the start just giving up a solid ground rule double to Adam Jones in the second, who would make it around the bases to score the O’s only run. He struck out 8 and the Orioles never posed much of a threat.
A.J Pierzynski is continued his solid hitting going 2-4 with a HR that put Chicago up 2-1 at the time. AJ leads the team in both average and homers at the moment. Assuming he can resume his usual blocking of the balls at the plate that has eluded him so far this season he’ll have no problem keeping Tyler Flowers in a full backup role.
It’s kind of important that White Sox fans take some time to appreciate a couple of players that regularly amaze. Paul Konerko at the plate, and Alexei Ramirez in the field. Paulie started a new hit streak today going 2-5 and Alexei, though he was charged with an error in the game made a couple of stellar plays, which have come to be expected from him at shortstop.
Plus: Gordon Beckham had a pair of hits! After watching his batting average drop to a bingo call, Gordo stroked a pair of hits bringing him back into the “safe” range above .150. Adam Dunn also managed 3 walks and stroked a double (he’s a doubles guy, now) to left.
Minus: Alex Rios TOOTBLAN. Sometimes a person is so annoying that people say, “he just needs to get his butt kicked.” Maybe Alex just needs to be thrown out on the basepaths 5 or 6 more times before he learns to just stay put. It might be worth it.
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