White Sox have early power fixation
April, 3, 2013
By Doug Padilla
Brian Kersey/Getty ImagesAdam Dunn connected for one of four White Sox home runs on Wednesday.CHICAGO -- While multiple personalities ultimately will bring out the best in the Chicago White Sox, the first two games have been extremely one dimensional.
Four home runs Wednesday in a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals gave them five long balls in their first two games and a perfect 2-0 record. All six runs the White Sox have scored this season have come on home runs, leaving their manufacturing capabilities unseen so far.
"That's the way we've done it since I've been here," said starter Jake Peavy, who benefited from the power show. "We're going to live and die with the long ball and probably do it again this year. It was nice to have some run support."
The expectation still remains that the White Sox will show a craftier side where they put runners on base, move them over and drive them in with clutch base hits as opposed to prodigious blasts.
That style figures to come in time when the White Sox's lineup has more at-bats against the best arms the American League has to offer.
"It's nice to hit some balls out of here, but early on, it's tough sometimes to string together a bunch of hits," said Paul Konerko, whose double in the sixth inning tied him with Frank Thomas for third on the club's all-time hit list with 2,136. "We hit them in the right spots.
"Yeah, I think we'll manufacture them more as we get going, but it is what it is. We'll take it and move on."
The plan is for Alejandro De Aza and Jeff Keppinger to set the table, leading to new No. 3 man Alex Rios and ultimately Adam Dunn and Konerko behind that. So far, though, De Aza and Keppinger are a combined 1-for-15, leaving Rios nary an RBI opportunity despite three early hits.
It's not too shabby when your fallback option consists of shots deep into the outfield seats. Tyler Flowers hit his second home run in two games, while Dunn, Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez all went deep Wednesday.
"I guess it's good, but I'd be just as happy if it was some line drives, hits or outs," Flowers said. "I'm just looking for quality at-bats right now. The hits and all that stuff, the home runs, that will all take care of itself as long as you focus on every at-bat and get a quality at-bat."
At some point the White Sox expect to have more guys having solid at-bats on a game-to-game basis. For now, it has worked out just fine that the strongest of White Sox hitters are having the productive trips to the plate.
"We've had some pretty good at-bats and faced two pretty good guys," Dunn said of facing the Royals' James Shields and Ervin Santana. "When you're able to beat those two guys on back-to-back nights, you're obviously doing something right."