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Sweeping in the Rain

August 26 vs. Seattle


Today's Sox Crew:
Gardeners
You know what the Sox needed to win today's game? Some Flowers.

Short Take: Tyler Flowers hits a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Sox to a rain-shortened win and a sweep of Seattle.

This is one of those years where the White Sox seem to get whatever they need exactly when they need it. The positive mojo was flowing once again Sunday afternoon as the Sox came from behind to pull out a rain-shortened 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners.

To be honest, it felt like the Sox were in trouble in this one. They were trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning. Seattle starter Kevin Millwood had retired 10 hitters in row. There were two outs and nobody on, and it was raining. Hard. From my perch in Sec. 533, I said aloud, "I wouldn't be surprised if we have a rain delay after this inning ends."

From that moment forward, things went the Sox way. Jordan Danks worked a walk, and umpiring crew chief Jim Joyce stopped the game and called for some diamond dry to be applied to the infield, which was beginning to resemble a small pond. I wouldn't have blamed Joyce if he had called the game right then and there. But after about 10 minutes of groundskeeping work, the game was allowed to continue. Millwood (4-11) seemed bothered by the delay. He immediately made his biggest mistake of the game, hanging a slider that Sox backup catcher Tyler Flowers crushed well over the 400-foot sign in center field. All of a sudden, it was 4-3 Sox and the game was official.

The inning continued two batters longer. Ray Olmedo and Dewayne Wise both singled. Rain continued to fall, and finally Joyce called for the tarp. There would be no more baseball on this wet night. Nearly two hours later, the game was called and the Sox had completed a three-game sweep of the Mariners and a 6-0 homestand. Thank you, Mother Nature.

The Sox did lose starting pitcher Gavin Floyd to injury in this game. Floyd left after allowing one run over two innings with right elbow discomfort. Hector Santiago came on to save the Sox bullpen. The lefty ate up four innings, allowing a two-run homer to Casper Wells in the fifth. The blast gave the Mariners a 3-2 lead and had Santiago on the hook for a possible loss.

It looked like Seattle might blow the game open in the top of the seventh. Back-to-back singles off Santiago placed runners on first and third with no outs. Sox manager Robin Ventura summoned right-hander Nate Jones (7-0), who earned the victory by escaping the jam. Jones got a pop up to shallow right field, a weak lineout to second base and a strikeout to keep the Mariners off the board. That set the stage for Flowers to provide the Sox with what would be the winning runs.

The Sox needed the victory, too, because the Tigers beat the Angels 5-2 Sunday afternoon. The 2 1/2-game lead in the American League Central remains intact as the Sox embark on a seven-game road swing that begins Monday night in Baltimore. Left-hander Francisco Liriano (5-10, 5.12 ERA) will pitch for the Sox. He'll be opposed by left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (12-7, 3.87). Hey, at least it's not Bruce Chen, right? Game time is 6:05. You can watch on WCIU.

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