White Sox take on Twins next
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org August 28, 2011 8:24PM
Updated: November 4, 2011 12:55PM
SEATTLE — The Sox have a do-it-yourself project to start working on when they get home Monday night.
Instructions? Beat the Twins and Tigers and whatever you do, don’t ask for help.
“We have some hopes,’’ manager Ozzie Guillen said of trying to catch the American League-leading Tigers over the final 31 games.
“The thing is there. We don’t have to wait for someone else to beat them to take the place. We can do it ourselves. Hopefully we are thinking that way.’’
The Tigers have a six-game lead despite their 14-7 record the last three weeks.
“We have to win the most series we can,’’ Guillen said. “We can’t say we have to sweep Minnesota and Detroit and Cleveland. It sounds nice, but it’s not realistic. Try to get two out of three and hopefully at the end of the day you are close and have a big punch. It’s going to at least be fun going [to Detroit] and fight for something.’’
Josh Bard’s home run off the right-field foul pole in the eighth inning against right-hander Gavin Floyd (12-10) snapped a streak of 21 scoreless innings for Sox pitchers.
John Danks, who pitched a three-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts against Seattle on Saturday, was the first Sox since Alex Fernandez vs. Milwaukee in 1994 to throw a shutout with at least 10 strikeouts. Danks (6-9) is 6-1 with a 2.03 ERA in his last 11 starts.
Better for Beckham
Gordon Beckham (.235) has not let his struggles at the plate affect his defense. He made exceptional plays on consecutive grounders hit to his left in the fifth, the first robbing Brendan Ryan on an in-between hop.
Better yet for the second baseman, he had two hard hits, including a deep double.
“One of the first times I’ve felt really good on three different swings in a game this year,’’ Beckham said. “Nice to have that feeling. Maybe it’s the start of something.’’
Catcher Tyler Flowers’ grand slam in the Sox’ six-run sixth was the first of his career and the team’s first since Paul Konerko hit one last September
“It was nice to give Gavin a cushion so he can cruise through the rest of the game,’’ Flowers said.
◆ Konerko (calf) is close to playing first base again.
“We try to get him back on the field Tuesday,’’ Guillen said. “He bounce around pretty good [Saturday]. He is not going to go there just because. When he’s ready, we play him there.’’