Baseball teams get 27 outs. Today, Juan Pierre was responsible for six. In four at-bats.
But lets focus on the good, shall we? When we last saw the Sox at US Cellular Field, they were coming off a two game "sweep" at the hands of the hapless Twins. If anything, a West Coast road trip could have provided the death blow to the 2011 Sox.
Instead, the Good Guys won 6 of 9. They are still seven games under .500, but that's a heck of a lot better than being 11 games under water (which was the case on May 7th).
No one enjoyed their stay in Pacific Daylight Time more than Adam Dunn. It's safe to say he's starting to turn into the player fans thought he would be when he signed with the Sox last December. Here's his line for the last 7 days: .400/.464/.760 in 28 plate appearances.
Paul Konerko, AJ Pierzynski, Omar Vizquel, and Alexei Ramirez also enjoyed the left coast. Jake Peavy, Mark Buerhle, Edwin Jackson, and Phil Humber turned in good pitching performances. Sergio Santos tightened his grip on the Closer Role, while Matt Thornton is starting to prove that as a closer, he's a great 8th inning guy.
So, how about that game? The White Sox seem to have Trevor Cahill's number. They roughed him up at the Cell, and they did the same today. Sox batters touched him for 10 hits and four runs, although two of them were unearned. Alexei Ramirez hit a solo homer to lead off the 4th, and Alex Rios hit a double in the sixth.
Fortunately for Cahill, Juan Pierre hit into two double plays to end scoring threats in the third and the fifth. Oh, and he got picked off in the 1st.
Despite the fact that the White Sox tried to beat themselves, the A's did them one better. Alex Rios led of the 7th with a double. Omar Vizquel was supposed to bunt him to third. But Cahill threw the ball down the right field line. Rios scored, and Omar wound up on second. He would come home on an Alexei Ramirez single. Those two unearned runs made the difference in the game.
Sergio Santos made things interesting in the 9th, with walks to Cliff Pennington and Hideki Matsui. But he worked around them to earn his 5th save of the year.
Scoreboard Watching: The Indians, Tigers, and Royals were rained out. The Twins lost to Toronto 11-3, thanks to three homers from Jose Bautista.
Home Cookin': The Sox kick off a seven game homestand Monday night with a two game set against Texas. The first place Indians follow, and then they wrap it up with a three game series against the Dodgers.
Record: 17-24, nine games out of first place.
Written for Beerleaguer by Rob Hart, news reporter, anchor, and talk show host at WGN Radio.