MINNEAPOLIS -- The Chicago White Sox got their strut back Friday, walking seven times after collecting no free passes in their previous four games.
So was it just a matter of deciding to be more patient?
“You must not know White Sox baseball,” Juan Pierre said with a laugh. “ I don’t think we know what patience is. We swing, that’s just the kind of club we are. [Twins starter Nick Blackburn] was just missing, and guys did a good job of laying off some pretty good pitches. He wasn’t that wild, way out of the zone, he was just missing right off the corners, and we did a good job of making him get it over the plate.”
Indeed the White Sox did show that they remain prone to anxiety attacks. Carlos Quentin had two home runs, but the team was 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. And Quentin came to the plate twice with the bases loaded, swinging at the first pitch each time.
“This is White Sox up and down, an unpredictable team,” Guillen said. “We made Blackburn throw the ball over the plate. When he got in trouble he had to come in and throw.”
When Paul Konerko walked in the first inning it snapped a steak of 133 plate appearances without a free pass. Not since 1968 had a White Sox team gone without a walk for four consecutive games. The last time they went five consecutive without a walk was 1919.
So it seems as if the White Sox might have learned a valuable lesson Friday night. Or maybe not.
“I just take it day by day,” Guillen said. “Sometimes I put my hopes so high and a few days later I have a broken heart. We played good but I thought we would score more runs against Blackburn today.”