Chalk it up to a case of nerves, playing on the center stage nationally in the American League Championship Series opener. Maybe it?s a credit to starters Jose Contreras and Paul Byrd, who threw strikes and attacked the opposing hitters.
Then again, maybe the White Sox and Angels? hitters had 10 p.m. reservations at Gibson?s Steakhouse and didn?t want to lose their table. For whatever reason, neither team was very patient through the first six innings Tuesday.
Take the sixth inning, as an example. Contreras threw two pitches to Orlando Cabrera, and he grounded out to shortstop Juan Uribe. Vladimir Guerrero hit the next offering to Uribe for out No. 2, and Garret Anderson struck out swinging on three pitches.
But Contreras didn?t have much time in the dugout. Jermaine Dye popped up a bunt attempt to Byrd on the first pitch in the bottom of the sixth, Paul Konerko flew out deep to Steve Finley in center on pitch No. 3, and two pitches later, Carl Everett ended the frame with a long fly ball to center.
Patience is a virtue but was not a requirement on this night.
— Scott Merkin/MLB.com