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Finally, A Laugher

April 17 at Toronto


Today's Game Rating:
5 STARS
It was a complete victory: good pitching, opportunistic offense, solid defense.

Short Take: The Sox get their first blowout victory of the season, routing the Toronto Blue Jays 7-0.

Nothing has come easy for the White Sox the first two weeks of the regular season. Thirteen of their first 14 games have been decided by three runs or less. Four of the Sox first six victories were by a slim one-run margin.

Indeed, the South Siders were due for a laugher, and they finally got one Wednesday night. Tyler Flowers and Alex Rios homered to back lights-out pitching from Jose Quintana, and the Sox coasted to a 7-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

It was nice to see some two-out hitting in this game. The Sox had a three-run rally in the second inning, all after two outs. Dayan Viciedo doubled and Alexei Ramirez walked, setting the table for Flowers to launch a 427-foot blast that put the good guys up 3-0.

In fourth, Paul Konerko doubled and scored on a two-out double by Ramirez. The Sox increased their lead to 5-0 in the sixth when Rios homered leading off the inning. For those who enjoy seeing the Sox score without the benefit of the long ball, the top of the seventh featured some decent situational hitting. Both Jeff Keppinger and Konerko lifted sacrifice flies with the bases loaded to increase the margin to 7-0.

That was more than enough for Quintana (1-0), who fired 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball. He struck out seven, walked two and allowed just five hits. Toronto's biggest chance came in the fifth. The Blue Jays placed runners on second and third with two outs, but Quintana got steroid cheat Melky Cabrera to ground out to end the threat. The Sox lefty is now unscored upon in his last 13 2/3 innings pitched.

Jesse Crain and Donnie Veal were both spotless in relief to finish off the win, which is the Sox second in this four-game set. The South Siders will try to take the series finale Thursday night behind left-hander Chris Sale (1-1, 5.21 ERA). The Blue Jays will counter with knuckballing right-hander R.A. Dickey (1-2, 5.82 ERA), who is off to a slow start after winning the N.L. Cy Young Award last season. The game begins at 6:07 p.m. You can watch it all on Comcast SportsNet.

WSI's
Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
I'll tell you what Stone Pony, you know who would have appreciated this victory? YAZ! TWO THUMBS UP!


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