Why are we so preoccupied with runs? The emphasis put on production in human society is overwhelming. It's an endless quest for more, more, more. Isn't growth--in and of itself--unsustainable? All resources are ultimately finite. It's a really a damn shame that more teams haven't embraced conservation like the White Sox have.
I'm looking at you, Boston
Red Sox 1, White Sox 0
Jake "Kitchen Sink" Peavy - CG, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K - He played for the Padres, so he'll get over the indignity of valliantly fighting one of the best offenses in baseball with an absurd mix of cutters and sliders and sinkers to no reward
Paul Konerko - 2 for 3, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 K - If he were bronzed--while alive--and made into a statue that was placed at 2nd base, it would both be an honor to a great hitter, and in no way change the results of Saturday's game...and murder. It would be murder.
Non-Konerko offense - 4 for 30, 1 BB, 9 K, 0 for 6 w/RISP, 0 extra-base hits
Jon Lester - 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K - He's a top-level pitcher who spotted extremely well all night. He's a top-level pitcher who spotted extremely well all night. He's a top-level pitcher who spotted extremely well all night...
In the 4th inning, Ryan Sweeney's broken-bat duck-snort into right drops two inches past Gordon Beckham's diving grasp for a bloop double. A batter later, Adrian Gonzalez drives a grounder up the middle for an RBI single. Ballgame!
Things Would Be Different If...
In the bottom of the 1st, with Dunn on 1st, Konerko drove a double down the line that Red Sox left fielder Cody Ross bobbled. Joe McEwing saw the opportunity and waved Dunn to round 3rd. Joe is totally on his s***.
Dunn, did not see this. Or he did. His body language upon pulling into 3rd was kinda "Ohhhhh, thank God I'm done running, this does not feel good." Whatevs, scoring opportunities grow on trees, man. If Lester's having this much trouble in the 1st, the runs are gonna be coming in waaaaaaves.
In the bottom of the 7th, nearing the 120-pitch mark and runners on the corners with two outs, Lester got entangled into an epic showdown with....Gordon Beckham. Gordon managed a to foul off six pitches and work a 10-pitch at-bat, but there are no results for his effort anymore, and he grounded out to short.
The hot start has officially been kicked to the curb, the losing streak is now at 5, and better yet, the White Sox have restored everyone's favorite trend from last season: they're 3-7 at home and 7-4 on the road.
Peavy continues to be a tremendous burning meteor of an ace, improving his ERA to 1.88 on the year and providing his second complete game in a row. Everyone's performance waxes and wanes over the course of a season, but there's always going to be a sense of waste when he's healthy and performing this well during losses. Konerko hitting the crap out of the ball only exacerbates that feeling.
It's sure going to be fun when Morel, Viciedo and Beckham are mashing and those lousy punks Paulie and Peavy bring them down, right?!
Team Record: 10-11, 3rd place in the AL Central, where they belong