Raise your hand if you had Conor Gillaspie being a nice part of the White Sox offensive attack to start the 2014 season.
None of you did?
Don’t worry, neither did I.
Although Gillaspie committed his second error of the season on Friday night, he was 2-for-3 at the plate and knocked in four of the White Sox nine runs in a 9-6 win over the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field.
Chris Sale picked up his third win in three tries in a sub-par outing for Sale’s high standards. In five innings, Sale gave up six hits, three runs (all earned), two walks and struck out five on 105 pitches.
After nothing in the first two innings, the Sox scored in every inning from then on. Conor Gillaspie‘s big night began after Alexei Ramirez, Tyler Flowers and Adam Eaton all reached base. Eaton doubled home Ramirez to open the scoring, then Gillaspie hit a sacrifice fly to score Flowers from third.
Things really got going in the fifth inning when Cleveland pegged Sale for three runs to tie the game. Of course, the Sox had Conor Gillaspie and his bat of wizardry. Gillaspie singled home Eaton to give the Sox a 4-3 advantage and the lead for good. After Cleveland closed the gap to 5-4, Gillaspie ripped a dagger-like two-run double down the left field line to give the Sox a three-run lead.
- Remember, it’s only through 11 games, but Adam Eaton is slowly becoming one of the most exciting players in baseball. Eaton reached base four times on Friday night. He was 2-for-3 at the plate, walked twice and scored three times. Being an effective lead-off man? You bet.
- Friday brought the worse night of Jose Abreu‘s short Major League career. Abreu was 0-for-4 at the dish with a walk. Don’t freak out, Sox fans. He’ll have plenty of opportunities to show why he’s worth $68 million.
- Good Sox: Sox hitters walked nine times against the Tribe on Friday. They scored four of their nine runs with two outs. New year, new approach, new attitude. 11 games or not, this team is much more fun to watch this season.
- Bad Sox: In two games against Cleveland, Sox hitters have struck out 23 times in the first two games of the series.
- To finish off that last note, the Adam Dunn Strikeout Counter for 2014 stands at 10.
Sox Fact of the Night:
Alexei Ramirez's 11-game hitting to begin a season is the longest since 2000 (@TheBigHurt_35 also 11 games).
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 12, 2014