Alejandro De Aza
Tonight, we were reintroduced to Deunte Heath. He had only pitched once, back on Sept. 1 against Detroit. He faced one batter and recorded two outs with a double play ball.
Heath didn't look affected by the layoff. His major league career is still perfect -- four up, five down.
But ... it's bad that he pitched. Nothing against Heath, but he entered in the eighth inning with the White Sox trailing 6-2 and looking lifeless for just about the entirety of the proceedings.
When Jake Peavy was pitching -- and Peavy threw some fat strikes -- the Sox looked like they were in a competition to see who could look the flattest. After Alejandro De Aza led off the game with a homer, the Sox didn't get their next hit until the fifth inning. It felt like Peavy was on the mound for 80 percent of the game, because he had problems throwing good strikes after a 1-2-3 first. The Angels' biggest hits were the weakest-struck; throw in a missed double play here and a missed cutoff man there, and it was just a poor showing all around.
They did put together something resembling a rally in the eighth, once Ervin Santana (seven innings, two hits, one walk, 11 strikeouts) left the game. Dayan Viciedo led off with a double, moved to third on a flyout and scored on Gordon Beckham's single up the middle. De Aza followed with a single, giving the middle of the Sox order a chance to make it a gave. But Kevin Youkilis flied out to deep center, and Adam Dunn struck out to end the threat. The 2-through-6 part of the order went 0-for-20 with eight strikeouts.
De Aza and Beckham were the lone bright spots on offense. Beckham went 1-for-2 with a walk, raising his OBP above .300. He entered the game hitting .321/.415/.568 over the last month. Maybe it's time to take him out of the ninth spot.