Wednesday night saw both teams turn to starting pitchers making their MLB debut, and both former first round picks were stellar, but neither figured in the decision in a 5-3 Sox win at the G-Spot.
Dane Dunning. His big league debut should inspire plenty of confidence going forward, not only in himself, but the coaching staff and front office. He threw 4.1 innings, striking out 7 while only walking one. It was only marred by a 3-run home run on his final pitch of the outing, but that would be the only runs Detroit got all night. His stuff was very good, and Don Cooper should be happy with what he saw.
Edwin Encarnacion. Last night, I got on his case a bit about not doing his one job (i.e. hit dingers), and I’m not gonna say he was inspired by what I wrote, but he did listen to what I said by hitting a couple of dongs Wednesday night, the second of which provided some insurance in the 8th after Jose Abreu’s go-ahead dinger two batters earlier. More of that, Edwin. We want to see the parrot come out to play.
Jose Abreu. He continues to be the heart and soul of this team, and he had another huge hit in the 8th, lofting a fly ball over the wall in right field to put the Sox ahead for good. It capped a 2-for-4 night, and more importantly, propelled the Sox to their third straight win over the Tigers, and fourth overall.
The bullpen. The relief corps continue to be outstanding, combining to throw 4.2 near perfect innings. The only base runner the bullpen allowed was a walk surrendered by Matt Foster in the 6th inning. That kept the Sox offense within striking distance, and they don’t need much to get the job done.
These shoes weren’t made for walking. I had to really dig for something here, as this was a very well played game on both sides, particularly pitching. But no Sox hitter drew a walk in this game, which indicates that patience is not a virtue these Sox hitters have yet. I’d like to see the Sox hitters work the count more, get themselves into better hitting counts, and take walks to put more runners on base ahead of the dingers this offense clearly is capable of hitting.
The Sox go for the four-game sweep Thursday afternoon before embarking on an eight mile trek north to Clark and Addison for the Crosstown Classic.
Pito patter, Jose Abreu.