Sunday, April 12, 2009

Fransisco Tremor

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If somebody would have told me last year that Bartolo Colon would be returning to the White Sox rotation, I would have thought them crazy. If somebody would have told me that he would allow only 3 hits in six scoreless in his first start for the Pale Hose since 2003, I would have (insert here).
Bartolo Colon was stellar in his first outing Saturday. Absolutely stellar. A far cry from his 9.90 ERA he racked up in spring training.
What was more baffling then Colon, was Fransisco Liriano. Liriano worked 4 2/3, giving up five runs on six hits, dropping his second straight start (0-2) in the White Sox 8-0 rout of the Piranhas from Minnesota.
"Liriano was all around the plate. He had the one inning where it didn't go his way and he was just missing. Close pitches and he ended up walking a few guys. Just not a good day for him," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Colon got plenty of help from his offense; as been a concern of any Sox fan. Pitching and no hitting. Hitting and no pitching. Saturday we got both. Carlos Quentin homered in as many days and Alexei Ramirez broke his 0-14 slump with an RBI single in the fifth. Backup catcher Corky Miller had a breakout game as well, adding two hits and two RBIs.
"He's a veteran player, he swings the bat pretty good. You're going to see him get a lot of action because I'm going to give A.J. more days off than in the past," coach Ozzie Guillen said.

Loose Sox: Mike MacDougal was exactly the Mike that Don Cooper and Guillen were banking on. MacDougal worked 2 superb innings, facing eight batters and striking out three.

Cleveland, Kansas City, and Minnesota were all losers Saturday.