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April 10, 2011

Jacob Petricka strikes out 9 and walks one (April 10)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 10, 2011 9:24 pm
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Kannapolis Intimidators
Petricka 6.0 0 0 0 1 9 0 0.00
Reed 2.0 1 0 0 1 4 0 0.00
Wilson, J 2.0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0.00
Negus 2.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0.00
Cooney, C 2.2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Upchurch (W, 1-0) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00

Groundouts-flyouts: Petricka 5-4, Reed 2-0, Wilson, J 0-1, Negus 2-1, Cooney, C 5-2, Upchurch 0-1.
Batters faced: Petricka 20, Reed 8, Wilson, J 9, Negus 8, Cooney, C 10, Upchurch 4.

Mike Blanke’s 2-run HR in the 16th inning provided the only runs of the game.

I wish they all could be played in the day*

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 10, 2011 9:18 pm

Merkin @ CWS:

The White Sox improved to 6-1 in day games and picked up their sixth win two weeks ahead of last season ([the 6th win last year was on] April 23).

* to the tune of:

Gordon Beckham’s 2011 Adjustments [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 10, 2011 2:00 pm

David Pinto @ BA:

Gordon Beckham started 2011 well, hitting .308 through the first six games of the season, up from .260 during the first two years of his career.  In those first 234 games, Beckham established a pattern of hot hitting in the upper outside corner and the lower inside corner: …

Pitcher are working low and away, but not up and in.  So why is Gordon hitting better?  He’s going after those low, outside pitches. …

UPDATE: Today’s HR was on a pitch on the lower outside corner too:

Keep going there guys!

Bullpen usage by situation? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 10, 2011 1:48 pm
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Dyck @ CT:

“This is what you’re going to see,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “I’m going to go with my gut feeling. If you’re throwing the ball better … Obviously Thornton is going to get most opportunities, but I’m going to put the best guys out there, the ones I think are going to do the job.

“The way (Sergio) Santos is throwing, Sale is throwing, if Thornton needs a break, we’ll give it to him.”

“Santos is very aggressive. Don’t be surprised if you see Santos in the ninth,” Guillen said. “All the people out there, they see ‘closer’ — that’s a title. I don’t know who gets that title. I’m going to go by my gut.

Sounds good. I don’t want Thornton to be a ‘9th inning only’ pitcher.

UPDATE: Merkin @ CWS:

From the beginning of Spring Training, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper stressed one word where his bullpen was concerned: flexibility.Matt Thornton was anointed as closer at the start of the 2011 campaign. But with Chris Sale, Sergio Santos and Jesse Crain also able to effectively pitch the ninth, even before Thornton’s two blown saves, the hard-throwing left-hander wasn’t considered an automatic ninth-inning option like New York’s Mariano Rivera or Kansas City’s Joakim Soria, as examples.

“We didn’t have the quote, unquote closer name,” said Cooper of his bullpen. “We have more than a few guys who can handle the last three outs.

Speaking of pitchers, James takes a look at Edwin Jackson’s Opening Day masterpiece:

Jackson didn’t have spot-perfect control (64.7% strikes), but his slider was so unhittable (26.5% whiff rate) and confusing that he worked ahead in the count frequently while racking up a jaw-dropping 13 strikeouts. …

Man, Jackson is going to get a pretty big contract after this year.

Adam Dunn is ready to rock

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 10, 2011 1:28 pm

Jake Peavy to start in AAA Charlotte Wednesday [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 10, 2011 1:25 pm
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UPDATE: Merkin @ CWS:

Jake Peavy’s next rehab start will take place Wednesday at home for Triple-A Charlotte, with the Knights taking on Durham. Peavy threw 3 2/3 innings and 71 pitches for Double-A Birmingham on Friday in Montgomery, Ala., but remains a ways away from a big league start for the White Sox.

“Three more starts possibly before Jake can even think about being back with his pitch total being where it’s at,” said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper of Peavy, who will go somewhere around 80 pitches on Wednesday. “He has come along nicely.

Three more starts before Peavy leaves solitary confinement as Dunn says!

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