Friday, April 30, 2004

Esteban's Perfect April (Again)

A nice victory for the White Sox last night, with yet another late-in-the-game comback. Esteban Loaiza continues his April fortune, now 4-0, with a decent but not great 3.71 ERA, due largely to his two-hit shutout of the D-Rays in Tampa.

Here's hoping Esteban keeps it rolling into May. I'll be at his next start, May 4th vs. the Orioles in Baltimore. I'll be trying my own feat at that game - eating for the cycle. That means Polish Sausage, Italian Sausage, Bratwurst and Hot Dog. No eating all day for me - got to get ready for game time.

Even nicer was the fact that Billy Koch actually closed the door in the ninth.

Watching the game Tuesday night where Koch loaded the bases and then got out of the inning, I did get the inkling that Koch was turning a corner. I don't know - it's something inchoate - but it looked like he just had an extra bit of animation that made the difference. Maybe he just has to remember that feeling to get in the groove again. Well, it's two decent outings in a row for him. Since the Sox really need a bullpen that performs well, it'll be important to get him going.

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