There was bad. There was good. There were buckets of wet stuff.
The Tribe began this week’s homestand feeling pretty good about themselves after pounding David Price into submission, en route to a 13-0 beatdown.
Those warm fuzzies were long gone as soon as Robinson Cano and his Yankee teammates stepped off of their plane. The Bronx Bombers lived up to their nickname by eviscerating the trio of Ubaldo Jimenez, Carlos Carrasco, Brett Myers and a few bullpen guys thrown in for fun, by the combined score of 24-7. This included another plunking imbroglio from Carrasco; who earned himself an eight-game ouster. Despite his insistence that there was no intention on his part, he has potentially wasted his usefulness until September.
It got so bad that even the clouds above couldn’t bear to watch anymore, and just let loose for the next two days. The Yankees will return on May 13 for a old-fashioned doubleheader, so save your tickets.
But what better than to end the long season-opening introduction to the AL East than to finally get into our own division? The White Sox did the honors by being introduced to two guys who are flying high at the moment in Justin Masterson and Zach McAllister. Masterson was simply, well, masterful in going all nine in a fantastic 1-0 pitchers duel that was capped off by a walk-off single by Nick Swisher. McAllister allowed three runs the next day (but only one earned), as the Tribe battered Sox ace Chris sake for eight runs. Mark Reynolds felt so bad about his error that effectively cashed in two Chicago runs, he went out and drove in five in the 9-4 win that really wasn’t as close as the score indicated.
Even Brett Myers was pretty darn good yesterday, in making just one mistake to Paul Konerko, who made a career out of feasting on Tribe pitching. To make the day harder Jake Peavy was his vintage self yesterday. After giving up a first-pirch, leadoff homer to Michael Bourne, Sox pitchers went into complete lockdown mode. But the loss may not have been the biggest issue of the day, as Bourne got his finger cleated by Chicago reliever Matt Thorton. Bourne says he’ll be back sooner than later, so it looked liked he dodged a bullet.