Delayed Rationalization – Feeble Astros pound White Sox in rematch of 2005 World Series

Delayed Rationalization –  Feeble Astros pound White Sox in rematch of 2005 World Series
"Hey, I can at least throw my glove well!" (Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune / June 8, 2012)

The Astros came into this game not exactly known for their offensive power, yet they hit three home runs in an 8-3 victory over the White Sox.  Brett Wallace, Jed Lowrie and Brian Bogusevic, not exactly household names, hit home runs off of Gavin Floyd and Will Ohman.

Floyd had a very perplexing night, giving up four runs (including two home runs) over six innings, but matching his season-high by striking out nine Astros.  This marked the fifth straight start for Floyd in which he has given up at least four runs.  The White Sox were just 2-9 with runners in scoring position, a big reason why they only plated three runs on 12 hits.

Key Performers

Jed Lowrie – 2-4, 1 R, HR, 3 RBI – The shortstop doubled Houston’s lead in the fifth inning with his two-run homer off of Floyd

Brian Bogusevic – 1-4, 1 R, HR, 3 RBI – His three-run homer off of Will Ohman in the ninth inning sealed the win for Houston

Jordan Danks – 1-2 – The younger Danks collected his first major league hit with a single to left field in the eighth inning

Turning Point

Houston led the game from its start, scoring one off of Floyd in the first and tacking one on in the second.  The White Sox scored two runs in the sixth to pull within one, but Houston answered right back in the very next inning, scoring an unearned run off of Matt Thornton after an Alexei Ramirez error.

Things Would Be Different If…

…this were 2005.  As all White Sox fans remember, the Sox swept Houston in the 2005 World Series, taking the first two in Chicago and completing the sweep in Houston.  Only three players in tonight’s game, Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski and Wandy Rodriguez, participated in that historic World Series.

Takeaway

Gavin Floyd’s struggles continued, giving up four runs to the Astros (which is like giving up seven runs to any other team) in just six innings of work.  Brett Wallace’s leadoff homer off of Floyd in the second inning marked the sixth homer Floyd has given up to lead off an inning.

It has become painfully apparent that after Peavy and Sale, the White Sox have three big question marks in their starting rotation.  John Danks’ pending return is crucial towards the stability of the Sox’s rotation, as right now, the Sox seem to have two aces and not much else.

Overall record:  32-26, .5 games up on Cleveland

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