Originally posted on Grab Some Bench  |  Last updated 4/7/13
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Dayan Viciedo secured a 4-2 home stand for the White Sox today with a 10th inning bomb to give the team a 4-3 victory over the Mariners. Obviously, it was a great way to end a terrific Opening Week for the White Sox. Let’s get right to it ... Dayan’s Bomb Talk about a no-doubter! Off the bat, it looked like that one was going to land on the Dan Ryan. This has the potential to be a pretty big home run for Viciedo, as he’s slumped to start the season. No matter how much he’s in a funk, though, he’s hitting it a long way if you get one out and over the plate. I think Kameron Lowe realizes that now. Once again, the White Sox scored all of their runs via the long ball today (as did the Mariners). It something that seems to bug White Sox fans a bit, but the reality of the situation is that it’s a style of play that actually fits the ballpark given the dimensions and often gusty winds in Chicago. Sure, it would be great to string hits together, but this team will still be never out of a close game at home due to the fact that anyone can go yard at any time. Fit to Win In Extras I’m against closers throwing in non-save situations, but Addison Reed proved me wrong today. He’s not got three saves and a win to start the season, which isn’t a bad week if you ask me. Even though they lost in extras the other night, I think this is a team that is going to win the majority of their extra inning and close games this season just based on that bullpen. Reed said in his interview with Hawk Harrelson after the game that “we have a bullpen full of closers,” which is partly true because all of these guys are fully capable of preforming in their roles and “closing” the door on the opponent. This year, I get the feeling that I’ll be surprised whenever the bullpen blows a game for this team because I don’t foresee it happening often. Sale’s Outing It wasn’t your typical dominant Chris Sale outing, but it was still a quality start of three runs over seven innings. What does that tell you about Chris when he goes out there, gives you seven innings of three-run ball, and we feel like it was an “off” start for the guy? To me, it looked like more of a location issue for him today than a stuff issue. He got more pitches up than he would have liked, and had some rolling breaking balls that he’d like to have back. No matter how good your stuff is, you hang curves and get pitches up in the zone too much, you’ll get hit somewhat. Sale did a good job of getting through today’s outing when his command wasn’t the sharpest. Rios, Gillaspie Starting Hot Alex Rios continued his great start to the season with his third home run on the year. Maybe the reasons for his inconsistent play over his first two years here were due to playing for a manager like Ozzie Guillen? We obviously don’t know for sure, but what we do know is that he’s looked like the most comfortable hitter in the lineup even since Robin Ventura got here. Conor Gillaspie hit the ball well again in his second straight start. While he just had one hit to show for it, he hit the baseball hard a few times today. It’s easy to tell early on that Robin and his staff like this guy, as he seems like a grinder type player that puts the bat on the ball and hustles. Jeff Keppinger is the same type of player, but with less power. It will be interesting to see how long Ventura sticks with Keppinger if Gillaspie keeps hitting, given what Keppinger’s value would be off the bench being a guy who can play pretty much anywhere. 1983 Uniforms Ok, so they aren’t as bad as I make them out to be, but they still just seem a bit odd in my opinion. I’ve never really been a fan of these, but hey, they won the game in them right? Maybe they will be good luck this season. My dad kept saying that Alejandro De Aza looked a lot like Rudy Law out in center field with that jersey on. Also, I’m loving the choices of Harold Baines, Carlton Fisk, and Ron Kittle for the race each Sunday. I’m sure that’s going to give us some pretty hilarious Hawk moments this season. Looking Ahead The White Sox get a crack at seemingly everyone’s World Series pick during the week, as they’ll head to Washington D.C. to take on the Nationals. It looks like we will see Adam Dunn in left field once during the interleague series (according to Scott Merkin’s twitter), so that should be a site to see for everyone. It will be Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd, and Dylan Axelrod out in Washington, as Jose Quintana has been pushed back an extra day.  >> BOX SCORE
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