In Thursday’s piece about the White Sox loss to the Chicago Cubs, I mentioned in the game notes that Alexei Ramirez should be an All-Star when the game’s best head to Minneapolis for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game. Personally, I would like to thank Alexei for proving my point last evening.
Ramirez ripped a fourth-inning grand slam off former Sox pitcher Brandon McCarthy to boost the Sox to a 9-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. The home run to left was Ramirez’s fifth on the season.
Through 37 games, Ramirez’s slash line is a scolding .342/.370/.521 with five home runs and 25 RBI’s. You could make the argument that only Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is playing better at short so far this season.
To make things better for the Sox, their $68 million investment into Jose Abreu is paying off quite nicely in the early part of the year. Abreu clobbered a shot to deep center field for his league-leading 13th home run of the season in the seventh inning on Friday.
Abreu was the designated hitter due to some ankle soreness discovered on Thursday. You wouldn’t have been able to tell after a 3-for-4, 2 RBI night from the game’s most intriguing hitter right now.
The Sox have now won five of their six games. They head into a Saturday night encounter with the D’Backs. Jose Quintana will take the mound for the Sox, while Arizona will send Wade Miley to the hill.
- The game was won in the fourth inning on Friday. The Sox put up what Ken “Hawk” Harrelson likes to call, a “crooked number”. The Good Guys put up seven runs to chase Brandon McCarthy from the game.
- Andre Rienzo is now 3-0. In 5 2/3 innings, Rienzo gave up three earned runs on four hits, walked two and struck out three on 104 pitches.
- The Sox were 6-for-12 with runners in scoring position against the D’Backs.
- It was an odd night in the field for Alexei Ramirez. While Ramirez was dominant at the plate, he committed his third and fourth errors of the seaon on Friday.
- Seven runs in the fourth inning tied a season-high in an inning for the Sox. Nine hits in the fourth was a new season-high for an inning.
Funny stat from CSN Chicago’s Christopher Kamka: