The White Sox celebrate their opening day victory.
Opening Day in Major League Baseball always has the bells and whistles. Today the national anthem was sung by one of Chicago’s prominent media families, Phil Ponce and his sons Anthony and Dan. It was followed up by former White Sox and Royals outfielder Bo Jackson throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
Afterwards Jackson jokingly told the media: “I’ll give you 100-1 odds that my team is gonna win today. You can quote me on that.” If anyone bet money on those odds they are probably a rich person now. Jackson played for the White Sox from 1991-1993 and won a division title with the franchise.
As for the game……
What happens when you get very little offense but a solid pitching effort? You get a White Sox victory. It wasn’t pretty, then again it never is when it comes to the South Siders. The Sox have always had a reputation for “Winning Ugly”, and today was no different. Despite the winter-esque weather today, 39,012 managed to show up to sellout U.S. Cellular Field.
The fans would go home happy thanks to a marvelous effort from starting pitcher Chris Sale. In 7.2 innings, he allowed 7 hits but no runs, no walks, and he had six strikeouts. He threw a total of 103 pitches, 72 of which were strikes. The White Sox bullpen held it down and did the rest.
Nate Jones was first in relief, he didn’t officially pitch an inning but he walked a batter and threw a wild pitch. Matt Thornton only faced one batter but did strike him out. Addison Reed got his first save of the 2013 season in one inning of play. He did walk a batter but did get a strikeout to end the game.
The only run of the day came in the bottom of the 5th inning thanks to a solo home run by White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers. The Sox did get eight hits today but stranded eight base runners. Alex Rios, Adam Dunn, and Paul Konerko finished a combined 2-11 with 3 strikeouts. Rios got the only two hits out of the three.
He also had the only stolen base of the day for the White Sox. Lead-off man Alejandro De Aza also had a rough day as he went 0-4 and struck out twice. Alexei Ramirez had two singles, Gordon Beckham, Jeff Keppinger, and Dayan Viciedo had combined for the rest of the teams hits.
It’s always good when your team gets the victory. I know it’s only the first day, but if the big bats in the White Sox lineup can’t get things going it will create some problems down the line. But for now, let’s enjoy this victory.
Both teams will get to rest tomorrow but the series does resume from U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday. The starting pitchers have yet to be announced. Here is the box score from today’s game:
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