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Wow, things have turned really ugly, really quickly for the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox are 4 games under .500 at 64-68 and they trail the Detroit Tigers by 6 games in the AL Central. The White Sox have lost 9 of 11 games, and still have 2 games left on a grueling 10-game road trip in the city where the White Sox find it so difficult to win – Minneapolis. The White Sox have lost 6 of the 7 games that the 2 teams have played against each other at the Metrodome during the 2009 MLB schedule.
Things started to turn bad for the White Sox during the weekend of August 21st when the White Sox dropped 2 of 3 to the lowly Baltimore Orioles. Then the White Sox embarked on the 10-game road trip where they quickly dropped 3 of 4 to the Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston and all 3 games to the Yankees at the New Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The White Sox limped into Minneapolis where they looked like a defeated team – losing 4-1, the White Sox managed just 7 hits off of Nick Blackburn and 3 Twins relievers.
In the meantime, GM Kenny Williams pulled off 2 last minute trades to move older players who are no longer in the team’s long-term plans. Williams moved DH Jim Thome to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Jose Contreras to the Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers have a 5.5 games lead over the Rockies for the NL West division, and Rockies are tied with the San Francisco Giants for the NL Wild Card lead.
Thome is hitting .252 with 23 HR’s and 74 RBI’s on the season. The White Sox got infielder Justin Fuller in return.
Contreras struggled for the majority of the 2009 MLB schedule – 5-13 record, 5.42 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. Contreras has lost 6 of his last 9 starts. The Rockies sent the White Sox pitcher Brandon Hynick (26 starts at Triple-A with a 10-9 record and 3.83 ERA) in the trade.
Both Thome and Contreras beat the playoff-roster trading deadline, so the Dodgers and Rockies would be able to put each player on their playoff roster should they make the playoffs.
Is this is a sign that the White Sox are packing it in for 2009? Maybe, maybe not. Thome and Contreras have really not contributed lately, so this might give Manager Ozzie Guillen the chance to use some other guys who can help the White Sox get this thing turned around before it’s too late. Guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
MLB announced that White Sox 3rd baseman Gordon Beckham was named the American League Rookie of the Month for the month of July. The 22-year old 1st round draft pick batted a hefty .330 during the month of July.
The future for Beckham looks bright in Chicago. The White Sox have a nice balance of youthful energy and veteran experience, so look for the White Sox to remain competitive for the next several years.
White Sox GM Kenny Williams thought he had made a deal for San Diego Padres’ ace Jake Peavy a little over a month ago. But Peavy rejected the trade. Right after that, Peavy went on the DL with a strained tendon in his right ankle, but Williams never gave up his pursuit of the former Cy Young winner. And right before the trading deadline on Friday, Williams’ efforts paid off with a steep price (Clayton Richard and Aaron Poreda are involved in the deal). Peavy made 13 starts for the Padres in 2009, going 6-6 with a 3.97 ERA. He is expected to be ready to pitch by the end of August, but the White Sox will proceed cautiously with their new “ace”.
Clayton Richard has been coming into his won of late. In his last 2 starts against the Rays and Tigers, Richard pitched 8 innings allowing just 1 ER in each game. Aaron Poreda is considered to be the White Sox best minor league pitching prospect, and he has shown how good he can be in 10 appearances during the 2009 MLB schedule. Poreda has a 2.45 ERA, giving up 9 hits and 8 walks in 11 innings of relief work. The White Sox also gave up young pitchers Dexter Carter and Adam Russell in the deal.
Assuming Peavy is healthy, you have to think that the White Sox should have what it takes to overtake the 1st place Detroit Tigers in the AL Central race.
Mark Buerhle pitched a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday afternoon and then retired the 1st 17 batters that he faced in last night’s 5-3 loss to the Twins in Minnesota. The 45 outs in a row was a new Major League Baseball record for most consecutive outs recorded. The previous record was 41 batters – San Francisco’s Jim Barr did so in 1972 and Buerhle’s teammate Bobby Jenks did so in 2007. D Span ended Buerhle’s no-hit bid with a bloop single to center field with 2 outs in the 6th inning. The Twins scored 1 run that inning off of Buerhle on Joe Mauer’s RBI double and then 4 more runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to take control of the game.
Buerhle could ot focus on the record after the frustrating loss at the Metrodome: “It’s frustrating after a loss. It might mean more tomorrow or the next day once I cool off. But I’m not too happy right now…I’m not a big fan of broken-bat, bloop singles. It just seems like any time at this place you just know it’s going to happen. You could be up 10-0 in the ninth inning and something’s going to happen in that inning.”
The White Sox have been in a tailspin since Buerhle’s perfect game, losers of 5 of 6 games. The White Sox and Twins are currently tied for 2nd place in the AL Central, 2 games behind the Detroit Tigers.
As we reported yesterday, Mark Buerhle threw the 18th perfect game in MLB history ni Thursday’s 5-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. After we did some digging on the perfect game, we came up with a few interesting facts.
First, home plate umpire Eric Cooper was also behind the plate for Buerhle’s no-hitter at U.S. Cellular Field back in April 2004 when Buerhle no-hit the Texas Rangers. Buerhle also faced just 27 batters in that game – Buerhle walked Sammy Sosa to end the perfect game but picked him off of 1st base to maintain the 27-batter minimum. Pretty random.
Second, cather Ramon Castro caught Mark Buerhle for the 1st time ever in Thursday’s game. Buerhle typically has his regular catcher A.J. Pierzynski behind the plate (as he did for his no-hitter back in 2004), but because the White Sox were set to play 4 games in 3 days against the 1st place Tigers over the weekend, Manager Ozzie Guillen wanted to give Pierzynski the day off so that he would be able to play each day over the weekend. Castro spoke with both Buerhle and Pierzynski before the game to go over the game plan, and surely benefited from the fact that Buerhle works quickly and rarely shakes off the catcher’s call during a game. Pierzynski and Buerhle even joked around about Buerhle throwing a no-hitter or perfect game on Thursday, so good things come to those who wait I guess.
Congrats Mark – it couldn’t have happened to a better guy…
27 up, 27 down – Mark Buehrle entered the history books by throwing the 18th perfect game in Major League history. It was the 1st perfect game thrown in the big leagues since the Diamondback’s Randy Johnson threw a perfect game against the Atlanta Braves back in 2004. Manager Ozzie Guillen and outfielder DeWayne Wise get a big assist – Guillen inserted Wise into the game in the 9th inning in center field for defensive purposes. The Rays gabe Kapler hit a bomb to left center field that Wise tracked down and knocked back into the playing field by leaping over the center field fence. The ball almost popped out of Wise’s glove, but as he fell to the ground, he managed to scoop the ball up bear-handed and put it back in his glove to preserve the out. Buerhle then struck out Michel Hernandez and got Jason Bartlett to ground out to shortstop to complete the 116-pitch perfect game.
Buerhle had this to say about Wise’s catch and the amazing feat – – “I was hoping it was staying in there, give him enough toom to catch it. I know the guys were doing everything they could to save the no-hitter, the perfect game, whatever it might be… I don’t know if it’s really sunk in yet. We have a short flight to Detroit. I’m sure it will be a little hectic later.”
Buerhle faced the minimum 27 batters back in his April 2007 no-hitter against the Texas Rangers. He picked off Sammy Sosa after walking him to negate the perfect game. He became only the 2nd player to throw 2 no-hitters in a White Sox uniform – Frank Smith did so against Detroit in 1905 and against the Philadelphia Athletics in 1908. Charles Robertson threw the White Sox’ only other perfect game back in 1922 against the Detroit Tigers.
President Barack Obama – a lifelong White Sox fan – called Buerhle after the win to offer his congratulations. And while it probably doesn’t mean as much – congrats to you Mark from all of us here at MySportsToday.com!
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The American League defeated the National League 4-3 in the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The AL is now 12-0-1 since its last defeat back in Philadelphia back in 1996. The last time the NL didn’t lose was at Miller Park in Milwaukee in 2002 when the two leagues tied 7-7 after 11 innings.
The AL jumped on NL starter Tim Lincecum right off the bat with a single by Ichiro Suzuki and a HBP by Derek Jeter. After a Joe Mauer groundout that forced out Ichiro at 3rd base, Derek Jeter scored the game’s 1st run on a fielder’s choice error by home town hero Albert Pujols at 1st base. Jason Bay then followed with a single to center field that loaded the bases, and the AL scored another run on a Josh Hamilton fielder’s choice groundout. Hamilton avoided getting doubled up at 1st to allow Mauer to score.
The NL scored all 3 of their runs in the 2nd inning and took a 3-2 lead. After 2 quick hits, the NL put together 4 straight hits off AL starter Roy Halladay to take the lead. David Wright and Shane Victorino singled, and home town Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina delivered an RBI single to center field that allowed Wright and Victorino to score after a Hamilton throwing error. Prince Fielder then pinch-hit for Lincecum and put the NL ahead with an RBI double to left field that scored Molina. But the NL offense disappeared the rest of the way, as 22 of their final 24 batters failed to reach base.
The AL tied the game in the 5th inning off of Chad Billingsley on a Joe Mauer double that scored Derek Jeter. With the game tied at 3 in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Tampa Bay Rays Carl Crawford made a specatacular catch by pulling back Brad Hawpe’s shot to deep left field that would have been a home run. The next inning, Detroit Tigers Curtis Granderson tripled and scored the winning run on an Andruw Jones’ sacrifice fly.
The AL pitching said it all on Tuesday night. From the 3rd through the 7th innings, Mark Buehrle, Zach greinke, Edwin Jackson, Felix Hernandez and Jonathan Papelbon each worked perfect innings. After getting the 1st 2 outs of the 8th inning, Joe Nathan allowed a walk and a hit to put the go ahead runs on base. But he was able to strike out Phillies slugger Ryan Howard to end the threat. And Mariano Rivera worked a perfect 9th inning to preserve the win for the AL and home field advantage for the AL in the 2009 World Series. No one had more than 1 of anything except for Jeter – he scored 2 runs despite never getting a hit.
Carl Crawford was named the 2009 All-Star Game’s MVP for his spectacular catch that saved the game at the time for the AL. Crawford became the 1st non-pitcher to win the MVP Award without having an RBI or scoring a run.
Couple of side notes – President Barack Obama honored former Cards great Lou Brock before the game and threw out the 1st pitch – in a Chicago White Sox jacket – to current Cards great Albert Pujols. Obama became the 5th sitting U.S. President to throw out the 1st pitch at an MLB All-Star Game (the NL had won each of those previous games up until last night). Former Cards great Stan Musial – one of the games’ greatest hitters of all-time – was also honored before the game.
The 2010 MLB All-Star Game will be played at Angel Stadium, the home field for the Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles.
The White Sox defeated the Indians 10-6 at US Cellular Field on Tuesday night, but the bigger story was Paul Konerko. Konerko had a career-night – going 3 for 4 with 3 HR’s, 7 RBI’s and 3 runs scored. Konerko is now hitting .301 on the 2009 MLB schedule and has quietly put together a solid season – 16 HR’s, 57 RBI’s, 38 runs scored and an on-base percentage of .354.
The 3 HR’s and 7 RBI’s in one game were career highs for Konerko. Konerko became the 1st White Sox player to hit 3 HR’s in one game in US Cellular Field and he was the 12th player to do it all-time. His 1st HR came in the 2nd inning and tied the game at 1. The White Sox were trailing 3-1 in the 6th inning when his Grand Slam pushed the White Sox ahead for good 5-3. Konerko capped off a 4-run 7th inning for the White with a 2-run HR. All of his shots were “no-doubters”.
Konerko will look to pull off an improbable repeat at US Cellular Field against the Indians Aaron Laffey on Wednesday night. Stay tuned…