Apr 11, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Alejandro had himself a day- 2 for 5, 2 runs, 2 RBI with a HR to straight away center.
Alejandro De Aza reached on a single, Brent Morel laid down a textbook bunt and reached on a bad throw by Jack Hannahan. Adam Dunn followed with a single scoring De Aza, Paul Konerko doubled plating Morel, then Dunn took home on a wild pitch. Konerko moved up to third on the WP and scored on a sac fly by AJ in the 4 run first inning.
In the bottom of the first, Asdrubal Cabrera reached on a dubious double(officially a double, but it was pop fly in the air for about 6 seconds that managed to find the grass between Beckham, De Aza, and Kosuke Fukudome in shallow right center), made third on a sac fly, and scored on a wild pitch.
Morel scored after reaching on an error again in the 5th inning, compliments of a base knock by Konerko. I love it when extra outs are cashed in like that.
John Danks didn't have very good command today resulting in 5 walks through 5 2/3 IP and one left right down the middle that Travis Hafner crushed into empty right field seats for a home run. The tribe chased our starter after 107 pitches, but thanks to 5 runs in the top of the inning he gets his first win of the season. The W's eluded him until June 6th last season, so I'm sure he was happy to leave the game leading10-4, good buddy.
Justin Masterson only lasted 5 innings(96 pitches) and the Sox laid into their over worked bullpen. After a Beckham double, De Aza homered off Dan Wheeler making it an 8-4 ballgame. Wheeler walked Morel, was pulled for Rafael Perez who got Dunn, intentionally walked Paully to get to A.J. Pierzynski, and paid for it when the backstop took him yard scoring 3 more.
Gordon Beckham misplayed a ball in the 8th but Jesse Crain pitched around it and got Carlos Santana swinging to end the threat. Gordon did hit that nice double off the wall in the gap in that big 6th inning.
Dayan Viciedo had two deep fly balls that will probably leave the yard when it gets a little warmer outside, but instead he has an 0-4 in the books and was lifted for Lillibridge late.
Alexei Ramirez didn't have a very good day at the plate. He struck out swinging on three pitches with the bases loaded in the 5th inning. He managed to foul the second one off, but none of the 3 were in the strike zone. He went 0 for 5 and has a .200 batting average (and obp%) at the start of this young season.
Pauk Konerko is a professional hitter- 2 hits, 2 walks, 2 runs, 2 rbi on the day.
Alejandro and Anthony John both went deep, while Dunn continues to look like the guy we thought we were getting last year. A good day overall for the Sox offense.