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First Pitch: K.C. in April? Trouble for Gavin

First Pitch: K.C. in April? Trouble for Gavin

Tuesday, April 5, 2011Posted: 6:35 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

KANSAS CITY Look for the top of the White Sox order, along with No. 8 hitter Alexei Ramirez, to do most of the damage vs. Kansas City Royals starter Luke Hochevarwho has solid career marks vs. the Pale Hose.

Luke Hochevars splits

In April (month worsts in OPSWHIP): 3-3, 5.89 ERA, .890 OPS, 1.74 WHIP, 1.88 KBB
Vs. the White Sox: 3-3, 3.65 ERA, .656 OPS, 1.24 WHIP, 1.38 KBB
At Kauffman Stadium: 10-16, 4.40 ERA, .740 OPS, 0.98 WHIP, 1.27 KBB

White Sox vs. Hochevar

Juan Pierre, lf: 3-6, 1.071 OPS
Gordon Beckham, 2b: 4-11, HR, 1.098 OPS
Adam Dunn, dh
Paul Konerko, 1b: 2-15, .483 OPS
Alex Rios, cf: 1-14, two Ks, .205 OPS
Carlos Quentin, rf: 2-8, .500 OPS
A.J. Pierzynski, c: 2-14, .286 OPS
Alexei Ramirez, ss: 6-13, 1.101 OPS
Brent Morel, 3b

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Gavin Floyd has suffered terribly in the month of April and at the hands of the Royals. Nearly everyone in K.C.s lineup has his the young righthander hard, even super-small sample size hitters like Matt Treanor and Jeff Francoeur.

Gavin Floyds splits

In April (all but record are career month worsts): 8-8, 6.30 ERA, .829 OPS, 1.63 WHIP, 1.23 KBB
Vs. Royals: 3-7, 4.79 ERA, .752 OPS, 1.35 WHIP, 3.20 KBB
At Kauffman Stadium: 1-4, 6.62 ERA, .808 OPS, 1.44 WHIP, 3.14 KBB

Royals vs. Floyd

Mike Aviles, 3b: 6-21, .681 OPS
Melky Cabrera, cf: 3-9, HR, two RBI, 1.178 OPS
Alex Gordon, lf: 4-12, HR, two RBI, 1.051 OPS
Billy Butler, dh: 7-27, .570 OPS, five RBI
Kila Kaaihue, lb: 1-3, 1.667 OPS
Jeff Francoeur, rf: 4-6, HR, two RBI, 1.833 OPS
Alcides Escobar, ss
Matt Treanor, c: 2-4, HR, three RBI, 2.100 OPS
Chris Getz, 2b: 2-3, 1.333 OPS

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.coms White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.

Eloy Jimenez is starting to show off his big power

Eloy Jimenez is starting to show off his big power

It appears Eloy Jimenez is heating up.

The White Sox rookie outfielder didn’t get off to a great start this season, but he showed flashes of his potential. Then, he went down with injury and missed more than three weeks.

After going 0-for-7 in his first two games back from injury, Jimenez broke out with two home runs on Wednesday. He followed that up with another bomb on Thursday in a 4-0 win in Houston.


The fact that Jimenez stringing home runs together wasn't the big story of the game is a testament to Lucas Giolito's impressive outing on the mound.

Jimenez now has as many home runs in the four games since coming back from injury (3) as he had in his first 21 games before going down. That’s far too small of a sample size to say the time off did anything productive for Jimenez, but the 22-year-old is showing the power he was known for in the minors.

Overall, Jimenez is hitting .234/.280/.447. The average and on-base percentage are lower than expected considering he was a career .311 hitter in the minors. However, eight of his 22 hits in the majors have gone for extra bases, with six of those being home runs.

Thursday’s home run went 414 feet after he blasted shots of 419 and 417 feet the night before.

He also had some fun with the camera in the dugout and then had some fun in the field by celebrating a diving catch with a laugh.


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After rain-shortened complete game last time out, Lucas Giolito goes the distance for real against Astros

After rain-shortened complete game last time out, Lucas Giolito goes the distance for real against Astros

Lucas Giolito technically had a complete game in his last start, but it was a five-inning rain-shortened complete game.

Giolito himself said he didn’t count that as a complete game.

“I don't consider it a complete game until I get nine,” said after the May 18 win against the Blue Jays.

Giolito got his nine Thursday in Houston. The 24-year-old right-hander went the distance and shutout the Astros.

In a postgame interview on NBC Sports Chicago with broadcasters Jason Benetti and Steve Stone, Giolito laughed when talking about the five-inning complete game. He said he had a couple seven-inning complete games in the minor leagues, but had never gone this deep into a game in his professional career.

“Never got to the ninth inning in my career so it’s a special moment for me,” Giolito said.

When Yuli Gurriel popped out to third base for the last out of the game, Giolito immediately started emphatically clapping his hand into his glove with excitement. He then gave catcher James McCann a high five and a hug.

He limited the Astros to four hits and one walk and used 107 pitches for the complete game. Giolito added nine strikeouts.

Entering the ninth inning, Giolito said there was no discussion from manager Rick Renteria or anyone else about having the bullpen close out the 4-0 win.

“I knew my pitch count was low enough to go out there so there was no need to talk about it,” Giolito said.

This is the third time the Astros, which are tied for the MLB lead in wins at 33, have been shutout this season. They hadn’t been shutout in Houston since Sept. 19 of last season.

Entering Thursday, the Astros led all of baseball in team batting average, on-base percentage and OPS so there’s nothing cheap about this Giolito performance.

“I just felt good today,” Giolito said. “I had a lot of first-pitch strikes. I kept it efficient. I was taking a look at the pitch counts around the seventh and I was like ‘OK, I think if we stay on the same page I think we’re going to get this.’”

Immediately after he said that he got the postgame ice bucket shower from Jose Rondon.

Giolito has been on a heck of a run lately and his season ERA dropped below 3 with this outing. He now has a 2.77 ERA on the season, which is 15th best in baseball.


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