Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Only seven games into the 2009 season, and the White Sox bats are already making history. In the top of the second of Monday's 10-6 win over the Detroit Tigers (3-4), Jermaine Dye hit a solo shot off Tiger's starter Zach Miner (1-1). One batter later, Paul Konerko took a Miner full count into the left field bullpen. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the first time in Major League Baseball history that teammates hit century milestone homeruns of at least 300 in the same game. Konerko and Dye actually did it back to back. "I think we're just good hitters with power," Dye said. "I think we both hit a lot of line drives that are able to get out of the ballpark. Konerko (.346) ended the game 4-4 and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
The White Sox never trailed in Monday's contest. In addition to Konerko's (2) and Dye's (2) historic homers, Carlos Quentin (4) added two round-trippers of his own. Carlos Quentin is reminding the baseball world why he was a favorite for 2008 MVP. A frustrated Quentin fractured his wrist back on September 1, 2008 after slamming his bat to the ground.
Gavin Floyd (1-1) was erratic at times, walking seven and surrendering six earned runs over five innings. It was the defense, however that would have the last say in Detroit. With runners on first and second in the bottom of the fifth, Ramon Santigo was robbed on a tremendous inning ending grab in deep right-center by Dewayne Wise. "I think he saved the game," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said of Wise's catch. "When he made that play, that was the game right there." Carrasco, Thorton and Linebrink all worked in relief of starter Gavin Floyd. The trio collectively struck out five and gave up only 2 hits on no runs in securing the win.
Loose Sox: Dewayne Wise (separated shoulder) was placed on the 15 day disable list. The Sox purchased the contract of OF Jerry Owens from Triple-A Charlotte.
Dodgers second baseman Orlando Hudson hit for the first cycle in Dodger Stadium history against the Giants.
Former Tigers All-Star pitcher and 1976 AL ROY Mark Fidrych was found dead at his farm in, Northborough, Mass,. on Monday. He was 54.