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A Happy Family Sunday Day

June 9 vs Oakland Athletics

Today's Game Rating:
Solid pitching and defense, and just enough offense to get the win.

Short Take:  An energetic, appreciative crowd watches the Sox beat the A’s 4-2; Sox split the series

Being a White Sox fan this season is like being on a roller coaster ride in the dark – it seems impossible to predict what’s coming, and sometimes it makes you want to throw up. But you sit through the uncomfortable part, waiting to get to that part of the ride that makes you scream with exhilaration, or fear, or a little bit of both. Today’s White Sox win wasn’t exactly exhilarating, but it was a solid day of good baseball. Baby steps!

Perhaps for today, the White Sox drew sustenance from the adrenaline-charged sports vibe blanketing the Chicago area, after last night’s thrilling Blackhawks double overtime victory that punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup.

It was really wonderful to see a big crowd at US Cellular Field, including lots of kids, who were treated to a solidly played game by the Sox. Family Sunday appears to be a big hit. Hawk and Steve noted that all specially priced tickets for today’s game were sold out.

That’s great to hear, especially when more than a week ago, the Sox began a losing streak starting with the Cubs, and kept sliding down, hard - first against the As in Oakland, and then in the first two games of a Seattle Mariners series. In the final game against the Mariners (a game that was a roller coaster ride all by itself), a hard-fought win in 16 innings led fans to think that maybe, JUST MAYBE, things could turn around.

Time will tell. But for today, doing everything well paid off for the Sox. Hector Santiago, back in the rotation after Jake Peavy is out with a rib injury, had a solid outing. Santiago pitched 6.1 innings, gave up four hits and two earned runs, walked three walks and struck out six.

Even though they were facing a pitcher they’d not seen before (a notoriously bad omen), the Sox offense stirred from their sleep. Tyler Flowers and Alex Rios each contributed solo home runs. In the fourth, Conor Gillaspie showed the big boys how to hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Adam Dunn from third. Gordon Beckham followed up with a two-out double that was deep enough to score Paul Konerko from second base – not so easy to do at the Cell. Alejandro De Aza went 2 for 4 today.

The defense also showed signs of shaping up. Not satisfied with just driving in runs, Gillaspie flashed the leather three times at third base. Only Matt Thornton’s errant pick-off throw in the seventh inning marred this game, allowing Josh Reddick and his (urp) beard to score from third. (To which Hawk responded with an: “Oh, man, I wish I could cuss.”)

All in all, this was a encouraging win with good all-around play by a team that’s been struggling to put it all together. The last few games seem like the Sox are gaining traction. I’m cautiously optimistic and even more grateful that (for today) I don’t feel like throwing up.

Next game is Monday 6/10 at 7:10 pm; the White Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays. Dylan Axelrod (3-4), 3.73 ERA, faces RA Dickey (5-7), 4.66 ERA. This is ex-White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle’s first time back in Chicago since becoming a Blue Jay, although he will not be pitching in this series. I will be at tomorrow’s game, hoping to 1) see a White Sox winner, and 2) watch a video tribute for Buehrle and join Sox fans in giving him a standing ovation.

Lou Brown: “…if we win again tomorrow, it's called a "winning streak"... It has happened before!” (Major League)

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
 Two thumbs up for the win, and Hawk says he doesn't feel like cussing any more.

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