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The Grand Homecoming

April 7 vs. Tampa Rays


Levels Finished:
5
The Sox didn't need many fireballs to go through all five levels. I wish the game was this easy when I used to play!

Short Take:Edwin Jackson had no problems telling the Rays who was boss.

One of the most popular American traditions is that of baseball's home opener. Promise of a productive season is always prevalent. The White Sox opened the home schedule of the 2011 campaign against a team who lost all 5 of their previous games without holding a single lead. Edwin Jackson made sure that he kept the Tampa Rays down, as he fanned 13 in 8 innings. The Sox sent home 38,579 fans happy with a 5-1 victory.

An early trend for the Palehose has been scoring early. In doing so, it puts added pressure on the opposing pitching, defense, and lineup. They weren't bashing Tampa's lights out, but they did score enough early to set the tone for the rest of the game, putting up a pair of runs in the opening frame, while they added another one a couple innings later. The first three men of the game reached base safely. Juan Pierre got things started off on the right foot with a single, Gordon Beckham was hit by a pitch, and both came home on a two-bagger by Alex Rios. Rios is an important part of the lineup, so it is important for him to get off on a nice start. Two innings later, Rios was involved in things again, as he doubled again and scored on a single by Paul Konerko. After three, the Sox led by three.

While the Sox did just enough on offense, Jackson kept on mowing down the Rays' anemic lineup. It wasn't until his last inning of work that Tampa got on the board. In the last of the same frame, insurance was delivered with RBIs by both Brent Lillibridge and Juan Pierre. Though he won't get credit for a save, Sergio Santos came in and pitched a solid inning of relief. It will be weird not having the "big fat guy" closing games this year. But, if the Sox can continue to have nice hitting and performances by their starting pitching, it should be a fun summer on the South Side that will hopefully spill into a great Soxtober.

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Those Rays ain't got **** on us!!!


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