Kansas City, Mo. Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen was pleased with 17 hits, delighted with how his White Sox used them.
“We did something we don’t do this year,” Guillen said after Chicago pounded slumping Kansas City 11-2 on Friday night. “Three times we went first-to-third, four times. We put the pressure on the guy. When we got people on base, we’d drive them in.”
Starting with Jermaine Dye’s first-inning homer off Brian Bannister, everybody in Chicago’s starting lineup got involved. Everyone had at least one hit and scored at least one run. Everybody drove in a run except Brian Anderson and Jim Thome — who has 1,514 career RBIs.
“We did a lot of good things,” said Guillen, whose White Sox have won seven of their last 10.
Alexei Ramirez, A.J. Pierzynski and Josh Fields each had three hits. Paul Konerko, Ramirez, Dye and Fields each had two RBIs.
Chicago also got good pitching. Clayton Richard (2-0) went seven innings for his second straight victory. He gave up six hits, including Billy Butler’s two-run homer, walked only one and struck out seven in his 12th major league start.
The White Sox also got some good defense early, including a 6-4-3 double play to end the second inning while the outcome was still in doubt.
“The defense made some big plays early in the game that got me out of situations I didn’t want to get into,” Clayton said.
The only problem, he added with a grin, were all those long stretches when the White Sox batters refused to make outs.
“That’s a tough thing as a pitcher, having those long innings,” he said. “You want those big innings but you want them to be quick big innings. That’s a tough thing to sit for a long time and then gear back up and go out and go.
“But you’d definitely rather get those runs than not get them.”