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Flash Gordon

May 1 vs. Cleveland Indians


Today's Sox Crew:
Jackhammer Crew
Beckham and A.J. supplied the lumber to hammer Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez.

Short Take:   Gordon Beckham's breakout night led the Sox to a 7-2 victory over the Indians.

To say that Gordon Beckham's had a rough start to the season would be a little more than a mild understatement. He's looked lost at the plate and has taken a lot of heat from baseball analysts, and especially Sox fans, as we weren't sure he'd ever get his swing back. I mean, it could've been worse for Beckham in April. He could have batted under .100 instead of .153 for the month. However, negative thoughts about Beckham were put to rest for at least one night. He highlighted a Sox offensive attack with three hits, including his first home run to pace the Sox to a 7-2 victory over the Indians. Another positive is Gordon has one more home run on the season (1) than Albert Pujols.

Not to be forgotten is the work of Sox starter Chris Sale. He had to sit through an hour rain delay before coming out and pitching a solid game. Chris (3-1) pitched six innings only allowing one run, three hits, a walk and three strikeouts to earn the win. The Sox offense took care of the rest.

Things looked a tad rough early in the game. The Indians went up 1-0 in the second inning on a run-scoring double by Jason Kipnis. The Sox took over from there.

A.J. Pierzynski responded in the bottom of the second with his fifth homer of the season to tie the game at 1.

The Sox really opened it up in a four-run third inning. Gordon Beckham hit his first homer of the year, a solo shot, to make it a 2-1 Sox lead. De Aza then doubled to shortstop. Yes, you read right, a double to shortstop. The bases eventually were loaded after Alexei reached on an error and Dunn walked. Paul Konerko drew a bases-loaded walk scoring De Aza. We would eventually go up 5-1 when Dayan Viciedo reached on an infield single to score Dunn.

In the bottom of the fourth, Alexei Ramirez singled in Alejandro De Aza to put us up 6-1.

The Sox completed their scoring in the bottom of the fifth. Brent Morel singled and stole second. Gordon Beckham singled in Morel make it 7-1 for his second RBI of the night.

The would end the night for Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who gave up all seven runs, four earned, in 4.2 innings.

Cleveland did get one run back with a solo home run from Shelley Duncan in the seventh inning off of Will Ohman.

Hector Santiago pitched the ninth to get some work in for the Sox, and it was almost disastrous. Santiago, sporting an ERA just below 9, continues to struggle. After running into a full count on the first two Cleveland hitters, he came back to strike out both Carlos Santana and Travis Hafner. However, it got dicey from there. Santiago threw a thousand pitches in the inning, walking two guys and allowing an infield single to load the bases. However, he was able to get Lou Marson to ground out to end the game.

The second game of this series will continue Wednesday, May 2nd with Cleveland's Josh Tomlin (1-2, 5.48 ERA) going against Mr. Perfect, Phil Humber (1-1, 4.66 ERA). Game starts at 7:10 p.m. and can be seen on CSN.

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 "I know the proliferation of interrogation by fans and media would spark Beckham into getting better pitch recognition."


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