Will Sox win with the long ball?
CHICAGO -- No one thought that this year’s White Sox offense would be comparable to the 1977 “South Side Hitmen,” but after the last two ball games, that notion could indeed possible.
This season’s group of power hitters has begun to flex its muscles, hitting eight home runs in their last two games.
“I don’t think we are a team that is going to lead the league in home runs, but we have some pop,” said Paul Konerko, who hit his 10th home run on Thursday night. “We are going to have to manufacture some runs and do some little things to be productive, but we do have power.”
“We have guys that can hit home runs like Dunn , Konerko and Rios, but we aren’t just trying to hit home runs,” said Pierzynski, who hit his 8th home run and tripled on Friday night.
The Sox have now hit at least one home run in 11 straight games (24 total ). In seven of those games, they have hit multiple home runs.
So can the White Sox keep it up with the warm weather?
“It seems that way the last couple of days anyway,” said Robin Ventura. “We have some guys that hit home runs, but we are going to score other ways.”
As for Dunn, a 50-home run season seems possible after he cranked out his 15th Friday.
“I said it from day one, once everyone here starts swinging the bats it will be a fun offense to watch,” said Dunn. “Right now we have the long ball working pretty good.”