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Oh, Those Hollywood Nights

June 16th vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers


Today's Sox Crew:
Desert Excavators
The Sox crew came to the arid stretches of LA concrete and carved a win out the sandy soil of Chavez Ravine.

Short Take:Philip Humber threatened to soil something again tonight, but the Sox held on to beat their 1959 opponents 5-4 in Southern California.

Bob Seger sang in "Hollywood Nights" that "he headed west 'cause he felt that a change would do him good." Change, or novelty if you prefer, is the idea of interleague play. The White Sox did head west, and after losing in a forehead-slapping way last night we all felt a change would do us good. That change came in a 5-4 win over the Dodgers in that strange, sunny place.

The enigmatic Philip Humber started for the Sox. Though he secured footnotes for himself as one of the few pitchers to throw a perfect game, he's pitched like an A-Ball busher since then. Which Humber would show up tonight? The ace whose pitches define the strike zone, or the meatball-throwing hit machine? We got our answer in the third inning -- more about that later.

The Sox scored first, driving in three runs in the second inning like so: Paul Konerko led off with a double off La-La starter Chad Billingsley. Alex Rios promptly followed with a single that sent PK to third and, for good measure, Rios stole second. Alexei Ramirez dropped a single into short center field that scored both Konerko and Rios, and moved to second on the throw home. Then it was Phil Humber, batting under National League rules, who singled down the right-field line to score Ramirez. By the middle of the second the Sox had a 3-0 lead.

Our handsome graysuits picked up another run in the third when the suddenly hard-hitting Alex Rios tripled home Adam Dunn, who had singled. Now it's 4-0 for the Sox and it's mighty comfy out there.

At least it was comfy until the bottom of the third when Humber became a Dodger batting-practice pitcher. Three singles by Chad Billingsley, Dee Gordon, and Andre Ethier loaded the bases. Jerry Hairston hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Billingsley. Bobby Abreu then singled to score Gordon. Next was A.J. Ellis, who singled home Ethier. Following that was James Loney's single that scored Abreu. That's four runs and a tie score. Harumph.

Ah, but the Sox regained the lead in the fourth when Ramirez was hit by a pitch, stole second, went to third on an infield error, and scored on a groundout by Alejandro De Aza, making it 5-4 for the 35th Street ambassadors.

And there it would stay through several scares, as Humber, Jones, Santiago and Crain gave up walks and scattered Dodger hits, provoking much hand-wringing among the faithful. But then came the ninth and Addison Reed, who dispatched the trolley-dodgers with a cold efficiency.

Despite the soft pitching the Sox have gotten in recent days, they play like they know what they're doing. It feels good to pick up a win, so I say we enjoy it tonight! Why, Bob Seger said it himself: "We've got tonight. Who needs tomorrow? Let's make it last."

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KW Appreciates The Game:
"I appreciate the pitchers keeping the score in single digits so we could win one!"


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