By La Velle
The White Sox are a mess: There were a lot of long faces in the White Sox clubhouse after last night’s game.
Jim Thome stood in the entrance of the trainer’s room with the look my father used to give me when I broke his curfew.
A.J. Pierzynski, in between expletives, said their game plan was to accept that Joe Mauer would get his hits but they wanted to shut down Justin Morneau and Jason Kubel. A.J., forgetting Kubel’s big game on Tuesday, felt they did just that.
“They just dinked and dunked us. Found some holes when they needed to,” he said.
Paul Konerko tried to stay upbeat, stressing that the intensity the Sox showed on Thursday needs to be repeated over the final three games of the season.
I want to see them try to pull that off.
Chicago is starting Javier Vazquez on Saturday and Mark Buehrle on Sunday – both on three day’s rest. Vazquez was terrible when he did it earlier this month. Buehrle was only O.K.
The Dome: When the Twins tied the game in the eighth inning Thursday, it was louder in the Dome that it was for any of the playoff games I’ve covered there. People weren’t just clapping, they were screaming their heads off and jumping like crazy.
When Denard Span’s triple scored Carlos Gomez, we saw trash being thrown in the air. It was truly unbelievable. My adrenaline was pumping pretty good, and it was hard to remain focused.
When the Sox pitched out with Alexi Casilla at the plate, I told Joe C., “Tony LaRussa would call the squeeze now.” When Span took off for home on the next pitch, I said, “and so does Gardy!”
If Casilla gets that bunt down, we all have an easier deadline. But it wasn’t quite the time for Casilla to be a hero.
Gomez, from zero to a hero: Carlos Gomez was partially to blame for Chicago’s six-run fourth when he took off and crashed into Span in right-center as Span had called for and was about to jump up and catch Jim Thome’s deep fly ball.
But I think Gomez redeemed himself with a four-hit night during which he reminded everyone that he may be the fastest man in baseball. I don’t think Usain Bolt knows how to run around bases, so I would consider taking Gomez in a race from home to third.
“A lot of people in the league would like to have him in the nine-hole,” Guillen said of Gomez. “He has a chance to be something special.”
Kevin Slowey: Tough luck for Slowey on his wrist injury. Think about how he had the composure to try to throw to first despite all that pain? We should know more about his injury by game time tonight. MRI’s normally are taken in the morning then Twins doctors read them when they arrive at the park in the late afternoon. I’m hoping they look at them earlier but not expecting it.