Konerko on pace with Josh Hamilton?

Konerko on pace with Josh Hamilton?
May 24, 2012, 4:40 am
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By Paul LaTour

Less than two weeks ago, Paul Konerko shook his head in disbelief about the amazing season Josh Hamilton was already having.

Hamilton might be the one shaking his head now.

Konerko overtook Hamilton for the American League batting lead Wednesday after a three-hit performance in the White Sox 6-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. Konerko is now hitting .381, which includes going 17 of 30 (.567) during his current nine-game hitting streak.

Its stupid, honestly. Its like hes playing video games, Sox starter Chris Sale said. Hes just so talented and has such a good eye and hes so patient. He doesnt get down on himself when something goes wrong. You saw it tonight. Hes just hitting the ball all over the place and putting good swings on good pitches.

Since missing two games after being hit in the left eye with a pitch by Jeff Samardzija on Friday, Konerko has five hits in eight at-bats with a double, home run and three runs scored.

I dont know if you say you can expect that, but seeing how much work he puts in, hes having a really good season, manager Robin Ventura said. To be able to come back with what happened over the weekend and still swing it the way he has is nice.

Konerko still sports an ugly black eye, but said otherwise there are no remnants from the beaning, which came in his first at-bat following his two-run home run.

I havent even thought about it, Konerko said of the injury. Obviously I cant see it. Nothing is bothering me looking out of it, so until I look in the mirror thats the only time I see that something is wrong with it.

Despite what appeared to be another strong outing at the plate, Konerko was modest in assessing his performance.

I really wasnt that good the whole night, he said. I took one really good swing at the end there and hit a home run, and it turns into a good night. But I was kind of feeling for it all night. I had a bad first at-bat with guys on.

Konerko was referring to his strikeout in the first after the White Sox put the first three runners on base. But after his performance the rest of the way, he might be the only one who remembered that.