Sunday, August 10

White Sox homer their way past Buchholz, Boston

Boston, who had won six of eight, jumped ahead early on Mike Lowell's three-run homer, but the still struggling Clay Buchholz (2-8) couldn't hold it. The young rookie is now 0-6 in his last eight starts and is still trying to find a win for his first time since May 2, after a Whitesox team that leads the majors in homers, used just that to secure an important victory. Buchholz, in his shortest start of the season, lasted only 3 innings. He allowed seven hits, five runs and three taters (on 74 pitches). Buchholz's continual struggles are concerning and have many of us peering through the local papers to see how Bartolo Colon is doing down in Rhode Island. While a 5th starter may not be essential in the playoffs, the Sox need end of the rotation help in its hopes to merely get there. With the team's announcement that Tim Wakefield is going on the 15 day DL, Buchholz's inability to effectively mix his pitches are moving in from simply being a nuisance to hurting the team in a significant portion of the season.

Carlos Quentin is a name everyone should get used to. So long as Ozzie doesn't completely lose it and the Whitesox tank the rest of the season, Quentin will most definitley get a lot of MVP votes (but that is a post for later in the season).

PS: The Rays just pasted the Seattle 11-3 without Crawford or Longoria. They received solid pitching from Edwin Jackson. Who, you ask? Exactly. This team is for real.

PPS: Youk missed today's game with a sore shoulder but is considered day to day, nothing to worry about here (let's hope....knock on wood...knock now).

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