Undefeated Sox Live by the Longball

The White Sox are now 2-0 on the season thanks to the 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals. The Sox have scored 6 runs in 2013, and all have come off of the home run.

If you want more variety from your offense, don't fret.

First off, we are talking about a small sample size of two games. Second, runs scored via the longball count just as much as runs scored via bunting, moving the runner over, and sac flies. Adam Dunn, Tyler Flowers, Dayan Viciedo, and Alexei Ramirez left the yard today. Viciedo was also in position to drive in the first RISP, but he hit a line drive at Alex Gordon to end the inning.

Jake Peavy was fine. Six innings, four hits, two runs, and six strikeouts. The bullpen pitched three innings of scoreless relief.

The defense was iffy today. Dayan Viciedo had an error in the third inning that allowed a run to score. Viciedo was replaced by Dewayne Wise in the seventh inning. He then immediately misplayed a pop fly by Eric Hosmer. Thanks to the bullpen, he didn't score.

Gordon Beckham also had another leaping catch late in the game, again robbing Lorenzo Cain of a base hit.

Really, don't worry about the one-dimensional offense. US Cellular Field is a launching pad, and the White Sox are built for their ballpark. Older fans may pine for the days of Fox and Aparacio manufacturing runs; but that was because Comiskey Park was a big ballpark with wind patterns that caused fly balls to die on the warning track. In that facility, you had to manufacture runs. Not so at the Cell.

There was only one questionable managerial move on the part of Robin Ventura, and that came in the bottom of the seventh.  The recently demoted Luke Hochevar gave up a home run to Alexei Ramirez.  Tyler Flowers singled, and Gordon Beckham walked.  An Alejandro De Aza sac bunt put runners on second and third with one out.  It was a situation tailor made for Jeff Keppinger, the contact hitter who was signed to a four year deal for situations like this.

Keppinger was at the plate with one out and runners at second and third.  A single would have scored two.  Flowers was thrown out trying to score on a wild pitch, and then Keppinger lined out to end the inning.

On the one hand, it was a perfect situation for a bunt.  On the other hand, it illustrates the futility of giving away outs.

14 thousand fans paid to see today's game. The season is less than two days old, and the attendance shaming has already started. It was a Wednesday day game against Kansas City in 30 degree wind chills. Under those circumstances, 14k is pretty good.

The Sox go for the sweep tomorrow. Gavin Floyd toes the rubber for the White Sox. The Royals will go with Jeremy Guthrie, who gave the Sox fits last year.

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