After losing a close game last night, the White Sox looked to turn things around. Cheryl mentioned briefly yesterday that the Sox will finish this 10-game road trip with a losing record. Despite that, there are still many games to be played, and the Sox needed to get back on the winning track. Facing off against the Blue Jays and pitcher Josh Johnson, the Sox sent Dylan Axelrod to the bump, and the Sox pulled out a 4-3 win.
Axelrod pitched poorly his last time out, lasting just 3.2 innings against the Nationals. This time out, he had a much better performance. He lasted six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk. The two runs were both solo home runs, one from Colby Rasmus and one from JP Arencibia.
Hector Santiago came on in relief and pitched a perfect 1.2 innings before Matt Lindstrom, who picked up the win, pitched a perfect third of an inning. Addison Reed picked up his fifth save of the season, but not without making it interesting, giving up a run on two hits.
Despite picking up the win, the Sox offense wasn’t terribly noticeable. They picked up only five hits, but they did draw five walks. So that’s better than nothing. Paul Konerko had the best night, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored. He also drew a walk. Alex Rios, Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez each picked up a hit. Ramirez also drew two walks, and Adam Dunn and Conor Gillaspie each drew a walk as well.
Jose Quintana takes the mound tomorrow night, looking for his first win of the season. In his last start, he was excellent. He allowed one hit and struck out seven against the Indians, but the offense couldn’t back up his gem, as he earned a no-decision. He faces off against JA Happ. Happ had an awful first inning in his last start, throwing 41 pitches and allowing three runs that inning. He settled down and picked up the win against the Royals, allowing just one more run in another four innings.
As an aside, my heart goes out to all those affected by the events at yesterday’s Boston Marathon. I can’t imagine the pain and heartbreak any of these people are dealing with right now. A friend of mine ran the marathon yesterday. Thankfully he and his dad already finished their races when the explosions went off, and they are both OK.
Since yesterday, I have watched as the people of the Boston area rallied around each other and took care of one another. I have watched as other cities have embraced Boston. Right now, we have no answers as to who and why. Time will give answers. But for now, we wait.
Over and over again since yesterday, I have seen this quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When I see all the people helping each other in Boston and lending support any way they can throughout the country, I’m reminded that there will be light again.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”