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King Felix Suffers Windburn

April 6th vs. the Seattle Mariners

Today's Game Rating:
Aye, mateys! Ye got to tack yer sails into the wind to earn those stars!

Short Take:Led by a windy two-run blast by Alex Rios, the White Sox got the better of Felix Hernandez and the Mariners, 4-3 on the gusty South Side.

In the 1950s, Frankie Laine belted out a song titled "They Call the Wind Maria," a plaintive cry from a lonely man pining for a lost love. I thought about that song as I watched the expression on Felix Hernandez's lonely face as he pined for his lost chance to win today. The South Side's gusty zephyrs were both metaphor and vehicle as they carried the game away from King Felix.

The White Sox windsurfed their way to a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners in the 2013 season's first weekend game. Dylan Axelrod started, having been plugged into the fifth-starter position when it became clear that John Danks needed more time to lubricate his arm. Axelrod did a fine job, going 5-2/3 innings with three hits and one unearned run. We miss you, Johnny Danks, but Dylan's got your back.

Things started unremarkably, with anybody's first run coming in the top of the second when Raul Ibanez doubled. A passed ball on Sox catcher Hector Gimenez moved Ibanez to third, then a bad-hop grounder got away from Jeff Keppinger's matador backhand. Keppinger was playing first to give Paul Konerko a rest. Ibanez scores and it's 1-0 for King Felix's Court.

Not to worry, though -- in the bottom of the fifth Conor Gillaspie tripled on a windswept liner that escaped the bewildered grasp of Puget Sound right fielder Michael Morse. Gimenez later hit a sacrifice fly that scored Gillaspie, and the game was neatly tied at 1.

In the sixth, Alex Rios showed how one can bend the wind to one's will, as he lifted an 0-2 changeup way out to left field for a two-run homer, provoking Hernandez's troubled countenance that was discussed above. 3-1 now for the Sox, who only needed a kite to make better use of the wind.

Another run came in the Sox' seventh when Alejandro De Aza hit his own sacrifice fly to score Gillaspie, who singled to start the inning and moved to third on subsequent productive at-bats by his teammates. Now it's 4-1, and how about that?

The Mariners came back in the eighth with two runs of their own when Matt Thornton gave up a two-run homer to Michael Saunders. Thornton came in relief of Nate Jones, who'd given up a single in the top of the eighth. Jesse Crain wiggled out of the rest of the inning, making us twitchy, but finished the inning without further damage.

Addison Reed did what he does in the ninth, getting a groundout and two strikeouts to end the game and picking up his third save. Felix Hernandez is 1-5 when he pitches in Chicago; not sure why, but today it was definitely windburn.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
Two thumbs up, with the other eight fingers tightly gripping the rail so we don't blow away.

submitted by tebman.

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