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Breakthroughs for Robin and Rios

April 7 vs. the Texas Rangers


Today's Sox
Master Carpenter Paul Konerko and Master Electrician Alex Rios
Tonight's construction was a thing of beauty. Our General Contractor, Robin Ventura, directed a squad of journeymen with Jake Peavy laying the foundation for master carpenter Konerko to frame the structure. Leakproof plumbing provided by Ohman, Reed, and Thornton, and all was energized by master electrician Alex Rios. I say we go ahead and give General Contractor Ventura the next 160 sites to build.

Short Take:Jake Peavy and his bullpen hold the Texas Rangers as the White Sox win 4-3 behind Konerko's 3 RBIs and Alex Rios' ninth-inning, tie-breaking homer.

Bring on the clichés! We're turning the page, every journey begins with a single step, a new day has dawned -- the Chicago White Sox have won their first game of the 2012 season, a tight 4-3 victory against the dangerous Texas Rangers. You remember the Rangers. They're the ones suddenly flush with money and the cachet of having that Texas monument, Nolan Ryan, as their big boss. And big crowds show up expecting, or rather demanding to see the Rangers win. They see themselves as the Yankees with cowboy hats.

Tonight marked the first managerial win for Robin Ventura and the first big-league save for Hector Santiago. Well-deserved in both cases and, we trust, the first of many more.

Another first was seeing Alex Rios play the role of the timely slugger. His ninth-inning homer put the Sox out in front and allowed Santiago to get the save. Here's how it all went down:

Jake Peavy started for the Sox. Not Cy Young quality, but workmanlike. Mainly he was healthy, which is something to be excited about after throwing 94 pitches. The Sox picked up their first run in the first inning after a leadoff single by Alejandro De Aza was followed a couple at-bats later by a Paul Konerko RBI single. Texas knotted it up in the second when Mike Napoli singled in Michael Young.

The White Sox broke the tie in the third. De Aza got on base again, this time on an error by Texas starter Derek Holland. Holland made up for his embarrassment by picking off De Aza at first. But then Brent Lillibridge and Adam Dunn both walked, setting up Paul Konerko for 2-RBI double, making the score Konerko 3, Texas 1.

But, alas, the Rangers got two runs of their own in the bottom of the third. Ian Kinsler got a triple when a sinking line drive got past De Aza in center. Elvis(!) Andrus singled Kinsler home, then Peavy inexplicably balked. Come on, Jake! You know better than that. But it happened, and after Josh Hamilton pushed Andrus to third on an infield single, Adrian Beltre hit a sac fly to bring Elvis home -- we're all shook up. Now it's tied 3-3.

And there it stayed until the top of the ninth when Alex Rios led off against Joe Nathan. Based on what we know about Rios and Nathan, it seemed like a good time to go to the fridge and get a drink. But Alex surprised us all with a home run to dead-center against both the wind and Nathan, making it 4-3 for the Sox and setting up the save situation for Santiago.

Our heroes looked good tonight. Pitching was tight, with relief appearances by Will Ohman, Addison Reed and Matt Thornton before the ninth. Adam Dunn looked good too, going 1 for 2 with two walks and scoring a run. Dare we dream? Of course we dream! These guys played fundamental baseball and that's what Robin Ventura promised us before the season began.

I'll take about 97 more just like this, please, with a side order of playoff games.

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KW Appreciates The Game:
"I appreciate the stunned look on Joe Nathan's face. Ha!"


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