Apr 15, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson pitches in the second inning in a game against the Boston Red Sox at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Erik Johnson, Throwing Error Spark Sox to Win

Erik Johnson had given up 19 hits and 11 total runs (all earned) in his two starts to kick off the 2014 season. On Tuesday night, Johnson gave up just three hits and one earned run for the White Sox in a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.

The (White) Sox found another to win a ballgame in the bottom of the ninth inning this season: a throwing error. Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts short-hopped a throw to late-inning sub Mike Carp and the White Sox won their second straight game to improve to 8-6 on the year.

Jake Peavy got the start for the Red Sox and gritted his way through six tough innings in freezing-cold Chicago temperatures. In six full innings, Peavy walked four, but gave up just three hits, one earned run and struck out eight on 114 pitches.

As good as Peavy was in some instances of the game, Erik Johnson was the star of the night for both teams. Other than a Daniel Nava home run in the fourth inning, Johnson was sharp all night long. Johnson was in control and avoided big jams from a Boston club who’s now lost eight of their last 11 games.

Before Bogarerts’ throwing error in the ninth inning, Adam Dunn drilled his third home run of the season in the second inning. Although the Sox have been one of baseball’s highest scoring offenses, the bats were rather quiet in the Chicago cold on Tuesday. The Sox only had five hits, but did log seven walks as a team (three by Dunn).

It’s been preached continuously, but the season is still extremely young. I mean, it’s April 16th for crying out loud. But once again, you’d be kidding yourself if something didn’t feel different with this White Sox bunch. This isn’t 2013, folks. There’s a vibe to this team early on that gives you that feeling that what they’re doing isn’t a fluke.

Sure, winning on wild pitches and throwing errors don’t exactly prove that. But the Good Guys are finding ways to win every night. That’s not a fluke, that’s a fact.


Game Notes:

  • Alexei Ramirez: 14-game hitting streak. Ramirez now trails Frank Thomas by a single game for the longest hit streak to start a season. Alexei is currently hitting .415 on the year. Is that good?


Tuesday was a special day around baseball. April 15th not only marked Jackie Robinson Day, but the one-year remembrance of the Boston Marathon bombing. The class and respect shown by the White Sox organization was wonderful to see throughout the night.

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