Pierzynski can't explain success

Pierzynski can't explain success

CLEVELAND -- Jorge Julio wouldn't exactly be considered on the frontline of Cleveland's solid relief corps.

The right-hander does, however, stand as A.J. Pierzynski's pitcher of choice.

With Pierzynski's home run on a 1-2 pitch from Julio leading off the ninth inning on Wednesday, the White Sox catcher now has five career hits in eight at-bats against the hard-throwing right-hander. To borrow a line from White Sox television play-by-play man Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, only one of Pierzynski's hits off Julio has stayed in the ballpark.

So, how does Pierzynski account for four of his 86 career home runs coming against one pitcher?

"Luck, I guess," said Pierzynski with a resigned smile. "I don't know."

Pierzynski certainly has done everything in his power to push the White Sox to victory in their first two games. He has five total hits and has reached base six times entering his third straight start of the season in Thursday afternoon's series finale.

But the team's two losses, including Wednesday's 7-2 setback, put a damper on Pierzynski's latest round of long ball against Julio.

"You don't want to give away at-bats," Pierzynski said. "But it didn't mean anything [Wednesday]. You still take them, but I wish it would have come in a bigger situation."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.