Monday, April 7, 2008

4-6-08: Sox 13 - Tigers 2

April 6, 2008 - Detroit, Michigan

If Dire Straits provided the soundtrack for this game would they play "Sultans Of Swing" or "Walk Of Life"?

The White Sox usually don't fare well on Sunday night ESPN games, but this one was different. From the first batter, the tone was set in favor of the Sox. Nick Swisher led off with a home run. From there, it was all downhill for the Tigers.

Crede and Swisher were the only Sox players to have a multi-hit game, which seems ludicrous with thirteen runs scored. A.J. continues his hot hitting by going 1 for 3 with 2 walks and 3 runs scored.

Justin Verlander was just plain bad. He gave up nine runs on seven hits and three walks. The Sox took full advantage of his mistakes. Mark Buehrle rebounded to have a spectacular game, despite hitting the home plate umpire with a pitch to the mask. Frankly, I'm surprised that A.J. didn't catch that. It seemed like a catchable ball.

The good:
Mark Buehrle bounced back from a horrible Opening Day start.

The Sox hit double digits in runs, keeping the Tigers winless on the year.

The bad:
Jim Thome went 0 for 4.

Carlos Quentin's error.

The ugly:
The home plate umpire going down on a Mark Buehrle pitch.

Joe Crede's two errors.

This was certainly a great game for the White Sox. They capitalized on almost every opportunity that the Tigers gave them. Even with the long innings from the Sox offense, the Sox pitching wasn't effected by the long stretches of inactivity.

The Sox finally come home after a 4-2 road trip to start the year. Let's hope they can keep the ball rolling at home!


Bob Rob said...

Hey, name's Bob. I am a huge Sox fan too. I'm really into collecting White Sox rookies only (or players who become White Sox players). I have a scanner too, finally. Maybe we can trade some pdfs or maybe some cards if double occurs.

Bob in Chicago

Bob Rob said...

Oh geez, I didn't really read what I was bloggin' too--the game was the BOMB DIGGIE! Verlander is afraid of the swaglander and I am happy for it. I was inspired by the game and dug through my baseball cards of the last few years and have a rookie Bowman Carlos Quentin and a 2006 refractor. Looking forward to the home opener--the Twins seem to be fast and they have really strong pitching again!!!!! I mean who works for these people? Sans Buerhle, the Sox staff was built by trades. Twins look to be tough, always they look to be tough. I can't wait to see the revamped KC staff with Floyd's son chuckin', but he ain't duckin'.

Dinged Corners said...

The Sox have a so much ooomph this year, which we detected in the spring training game we saw. PS The Tigers just looked tired. Already.

Steve Gierman said...

Bob, we can definitely pull off a trade in the near future.

Patricia, the Tigers did look tired at times. It just oes to show that you can't always rely on what looks good on paper. It's still early though.

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