The good baseball continues for the South siders, as the White Sox kicked off a stretch of seven straight inter-league contest with a walk-off win on a Jeff Keppinger single on Friday night against the lowly Marlins.
Robin and the boys have now one eight out of the last twelve games. Let’s see what we can take away from this one …
John Danks pitched in a big league game for the first time in over a year, and the results were good and probably much of what everyone expected. He threw 76 pitches over six innings, giving up three runs on four hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
While his velocity is still failing to reach 90 consistently like it once did, the main thing is that he was a around the strike zone much better than he was in his rehab outings. He missed some spots tonight and even got away with some mistakes that he may not have been able to against a better team, but he still was around the plate the whole game and stayed within himself.
A lot of times, we see guys come off rehab stints a bit too amped up, and they start overthrowing and walking guys. Danks pitched to his game tonight, which is a very good sign.
KONERKO, KEPPINGER COME UP BIG
Paul Konerko and Jeff Keppinger are two guys who really have not lived up to expectations this season, but both guys came up in a big way tonight and are starting to show signs of coming out of it. The two players combined for five of the team’s ten hits and three of the team’s four runs. Konerko drove in the team’s third run on a single in the sixth and tallied three hits, while Kepp drove in a run on a ground out in the fifth and had the walk-off single in extras.
These are two guys the White Sox are going to absolutely NEED to hit if they want to get somewhere this season, and it’s nice to see both starting to make things happen.
BULLPEN KEEPS US ON EDGE
Robin used five different guys in the bullpen tonight, and with the exception of Matt Lindstrom letting up one of Danks’ runs in the sixth, everyone got through their outings unscathed.
For Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton, this was despite not having the greatest control, as Crain was missing his spots and Thornton walked and hit a batter. However, this is definitely a positive momentum builder for this struggling unit.
The White Sox look to keep the ball rolling on Saturday evening when Ricky Nolasco opposes Jake Peavy in a 6:00pm, nationally televised contest.
While I’m shocked a Marlins-White Sox game is actually a national TV contest, it will be a good opportunity for the Sox to showcase the good baseball they have been playing.