It was wondered whether the combination of moving forward from the cathartic punch of a perfect game, spending the week dealing with frenzied press coverage and the birth of his child, and transitioning from facing a crappy offense in a brilliant pitcher's park to facing a good offense in a band box might have some adverse effects on Philip Humber's performance.
Red Sox 10, White Sox 3
Philip Humber - 5 IP, 8 H, 9 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 3 HR - Man-oh-man-oh-man-oh-man-oh-man that was awful command.
Dayan Viciedo - 2 for 4, solo HR, K - He did something! He did something! Some-thing! Some-thing! Some-thing!
Paul Konerko - 2 for 4, 2B, RBI - Never stop appreciating
Zach Stewart & Will Ohman - 4 IP - Thanks!
Felix Doubront - 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 110 pitches - Shaky, inefficient, and the proud owner of a win
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - 2 for 4, 2 HR, 3 RBI - Someone had to allow multiple home runs to Salty, right? No? Well, sometimes you gotta step up and do what others won't
I suppose if you had MLB Gameday up, or just a decent eye for pitch tracking, the first inning where Humber was hanging every breaking ball in the upper half of the strike zone and prompting scores of "Ohhhhhhhh crap" reactions across the South side might have been the turning point.
Otherwise, the Youkilis 3rd inning grand slam did just fine. Things were pretty crappy from there.
Things would be different if...
The perfect game didn't happen? IS THAT WHAT YOU WOULD SERIOUSLY PREFER!?!?
Humber had nothing at all. Command, velocity, it all was pretty much toilety. He pitched in the nature of the toilet. I'm not finished writing this post yet, but I'm going to go check the Tribune photo archive for pictures of a toilet.
It took 19 games, but this is the first time the White Sox starter took the rest of the team out of the game. The rest of the team totally had it coming, though.
For a complete bombing, it could have been worse. It provided an excuse to rest every prime reliever, which might offer an extra day to wait out Jesse Crain.
The Tigers were swept at home by the Mariners, so depending on how you approach your life, the White Sox either picked an excellent time to lose three dispiriting games in a row, or wasted a golden opportunity to get a leg up while Detroit is inexplicably eating lead paint and sniffing the contents of every bottle under their sink.
Record: 10-9, How in bloody hell are they still tied for 1st place in the AL Central? Pull yourself together, AL Central.