Last weekend the Sox visited Wrigley Field and swept the Cubs. This weekend they played host to the first place Cleveland Indians, who may not be in first place much longer. For the second straight weekend, the White Sox completed a sweep. For the second straight weekend, the offense lead the way.
Indians (26-21): 6
White Sox (26-22): 12
Gavin Floyd didn’t have it. He gave up 10 hits and 5 runs. Much like yesterday for Jake Peavy, anything short of total destruction was enough to earn the win. The White Sox offense continued its explosiveness and put up a 12 spot on the Indians to move just half a game back for the AL Central lead.
Leading the offensive charge was Gordon Beckham, who continued his solid swinging to the tune of 4-4 on the afternoon and came around to score 3 of those times. I’m certain he’s fine with it, but Beckham’s efforts may have been outshined by Paul Konerko, who notched a measly 2 hits to bump his average on the season up to just .399. When asked prior to the game if he thought he could hit .400, Konerko answered, “if Ichiro can’t do it, nobody can.” Paulie might be downplaying the effort but I’m sure there are more than a couple Sox fans who are already thinking ahead to September and a .400 charge for the King.
Plus: The hits came from all around as 7 out of 9 starters notched at least one hit on the afternoon. Adam Dunn and Tyler Flowers were bringing up the rear in that department but Dunn also registered a pair of walks.
Minus: Again, too many runs given up by the starter, though, Will Ohman did make it through a full inning letting in only an inherited runner with no earned runs of his own. That is a victory in itself.