For Ozzie Guillen, starting a 4 game series in the City That Never Sleeps must feel only fitting assuming he had not been able to sleep much with the way his team had been playing the previous 11 games. My bet is Guillen slept much better last night thanks in large part to Phil Humber and Sergio Santos. Humber took a no-hitter into the 7th inning before giving up a single to Alex Rodriguez by having control over all of his pitches and keeping the powerful Yankees lineup off balance all night. Santos closed the 9th to record his first save of the season. The save was not textbook or pretty, as Santos gave up back-to-back singles to start the inning before getting Mark Teixeira to ground into a double play. A strikeout of A-Rod one batter later and the Sox were 2-0 victors. At this point though Guillen will take a win anyway he can get it. One victory over the Yankees does not make up for the awfulness we have seen over the past couple weeks, but for one night White Sox fans felt better about their team.
Of course all these good feelings can go down the drain if the team regresses back to how they were playing the previous 11 games. They lost 10 of 11 mostly due to an ineffective offense. Scoring only 16 runs in 11 games will not net you very many victories regardless of who is pitching. Guys like Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, and Gordon Beckham need to get themselves going in order for the Sox to maintain any sort of momentum and climb their way out of the AL Central cellar. Working on the side of the Sox is the fact that Cleveland and Kansas City currently are atop the Central. I have a hard time believing either of those teams will still be there at the end of the season. So that means the division is still wide open. Why can’t the Sox catch fire, win 15 of 20 games or something, and take control of the division?
I had a friend text me after the game saying “This is the first time since the opening series in Cleveland where I felt good about this team.” And maybe that is all it will take for the Sox to get going again. One night where they felt like a good team. One night where they didn’t have a costly error made late in the game. One night where the bullpen came in and protected a lead like you expect of them. One night that could potentially lead to so many more.
About the Author
Written by Shaun Balmer
Shaun is a graduate of Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. His love of the White Sox began as a kid in 1993 watching morning replays of games on Sports Channel. To this day he will argue with anyone that the strike of 1994 cost the White Sox a World Series title. Growing up in Indiana he is also a fan of the Colts, Pacers, and of course his alma mater the Boilermakers.