Found April 18, 2013 on Grab Some Bench:
The White Sox were unable to win the series against the Blue Jays, falling 3-1 today to earn a split against the team from north of the border. With that, our Palehose end the road trip with a less than stellar 3-7 record, and you can bet the house that Robin and the boys are more than happy to head back to the Southside. Sale’s Start Well, it certainly was an improvement over his start in Cleveland, and he probably pitched well enough to win this ballgame. When you throw seven innings, giving up three runs (two earned), you probably win most games. His stuff was back tonight, as he was hitting 94 on the gun consistently and his breaking pitches had their sharp bite back. However, there are still some things that Sale definitely needs to work on. Just from watching this game from my couch, it seems like Sale is starting to overthrow a bit with guys on-base. We all know he’s a guy who pitches with a great deal of emotion, and that can be a very good thing if you are able to channel that. Right now, though, it’s almost like it’s effecting him too much, and he’s overthrowing his fastball and breaking pitches. His control hasn’t been pinpoint (just one walk today, but he did miss his spots and got behind in the count in some big at-bats), and I honestly think this is a reason why. Lackluster Offense Continues The real story tonight, though, was once again the anemic offense. R.A. Dickey was outstanding tonight, and it’s obvious to see why he won the Cy Young Award in the NL last season. Whenever you can control a knuckler like that, you are going to baffle some offenses. However, you have got to expect more than three hits in a ballgame, especially considering the fact that Dickey left with an injury after six innings and Toronto’s bullpen has been less than stellar thus far. It’s hard to gauge anything about an offense when they face a knuckleballer since those types of pitchers are such a rarity, but the bad at-bats just continue for this team. Errors Lead to Runs When you aren’t hitting well, you cannot afford to make silly mistakes in the field. Tonight, the White Sox made two in the fifth inning, and Toronto made them pay both times. Chris Sale had Emilio Bonifacio picked off, but made a wild throw which brought Bonifacio to third. After recording an out, Munenori Kawasaki hit a bouncer to Adam Dunn that he couldn’t corral, allowing Bonifacio to cross the plate. It was a play that Paul Konerko probably makes, and Dunn would have had a shot at throwing Bonifacio out if he was able to make it. Viciedo’s Injury As Hawk Harrelson pointed out in the broadcast, it looked like an oblique on Viciedo’s swing in the eighth inning. If that is the case, we could definitely be looking at a DL stint for the Tank. It’s unfortunate, as Dayan was really starting to swing the bat a bit better and put together some great at-bats. Let’s hope it’s not that serious, and he will be spared from going to the DL. I would definitely expect him to be out for at least a game or two in any circumstance though. Heading Home The White Sox will finally head back home to face the Minnesota Twins for three weekend games. This team did not play good baseball by any stretch on the homestand, so let’s hope they can right the ship at home. Matt Hoeppner will have your series preview up on the site tomorrow!
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