I love 1-0 White Sox wins. And today's game was so well played. Great pitcher. Great defense. An incredible play in a key situation by Gordon Beckham deserves mention. Such games don't require much offense to win, and today's solo home run meant something, especially coming on a 2-2 count with a high-strike-out pitcher facing a White Sox hitter who strikes out a bit too often.
It wasn't a perfect game. Nate Jones didn't do his job coming out of the pen, but White Sox had some margin for error with Matt Thornton coming up huge. I'm sure Addison Reed made some fans nervous by allowing a baserunner. And, really it could have been a two-run lead if Adan Dunn had put the ball in play in the bottom of the eighth, although it's not a given that Paul Konerko would have gotten the pitch he needed to hit a deep-enough fly if Alex Rios had been at third. It looked like Dunn could have lost track of the count. Still, pitching duels are usually lost by the teams that don't manufacture enough runs. Today, the Royals couldn't score a runner with one out and the bases loaded, and thanks to Tyler Flowers, it ended up costing them the game.
Flowers is no Posey, but in addition to driving in the only run, he handed a great start by Chris Sale, who really was the star of the game. And the Royals have some hitting.
A great way to start the season.