Thursday, March 20, 2008

3-20-08: Sox 2 - Dodgers 8

The White Sox and Dodgers now have one thing in common. Their respective records for the spring are both at 9-13-2. Mark Buehrle showed a comfort usually reserved for the season, but so did the Dodgers starting pitcher Brad Penny. Buehrle only gave up one run in five innings.

There were flashes of brilliance from Paul Konerko, Juan Uribe and Alexei Ramirez at the plate. Boone Logan and Bobby Jenks nailed down the late innings, but by that point it was too late. Mike MacDougal and Octavio Dotel blew the game wide open when the Dodgers used them for batting practice. Octavio Dotel was the bulk of the bullpen's woes.

The good:
Paul Konerko was 2 for 4.

Buehrle only allowed his one solo homer per game average. He was dominant the rest of the rest of his five innings.

The bad:
Orlando Cabrera's throwing error.

Mike MacDougal's 2 earned runs.

The ugly:
Octavio Dotel's five earned runs in 1/3 inning.

Joe Crede continues to struggle at the plate.

There were many good things about this game despite the outcome. Juan Uribe had a stolen base, which is unusual for the husky player. The hitters are starting to get in a groove. Mark Buehrle was outstanding. So were Boone Logan and Bobby Jenks. It seems like another game of all or nothing. There has to be a happy medium found soon.

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