White Sox Magic Number: 28
I can't believe it myself.
Suddenly I'm up on top of the world,
It should've been somebody else.
Believe it or not,
I'm walking on air.
I never thought I could feel so free eee eee.
Flying away on a wing and a prayer.
Who could it be?
Believe it or not it's just me.
If it wasn't for Ozzie Guillen sticking with El Duque for an inning more than I would have liked, this might have become known as "The Brian Anderson Game." For this was game where he announced to the world, who was there to watch the phenom pitching prospect, that he was a force to be reckoned with. As it was, it will still be a memorable 4th game for the White Sox rookie.
White Sox rookies have been making their presence known the last two days. Thursday, it was Bobby Jenks recording his first major league save, with a 1-2-3 10th inning. Friday, it was Brian Anderson putting the team on his back for 10 innings, then Tadahito Iguchi, redeeming himself for a poor 10th inning at-bat, with the go-ahead HR in the 12th. -- With the Sox struggling lately, the infusion of young talent seems to be just what the doctor ordered.
Orlando Hernandez continued his great pitching after the All-Star break, becoming the 5th straight Sox pitcher to work into the 8th inning. His breaking balls were very crisp all night, and he had excellent control. I mentioned in the gamethread, a few minutes before he would give up the tying run, that I wouldn't have left him out there for the 8th, but I'm not the manager.
Sometimes I think managers are just as likely to leave a pitcher in too long because they haven't reached some arbitrary pitch count as they are to yank a pitcher too quick for a high count. -- El Duque did not appear to be tired, or losing his control, but I didn't see the need to run him back out there. His arm should be protected down the stretch. And with the Sox bullpen being more than rested, even with two straight extra-inning games, there didn't seem to be any need to extend Duque.