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WINNING STREAK!

April 14th at Minnesota


Sox Office Smash Hit:
50 Shades of Grey
Let's just say both teams were throwing a lot of leather around.

Short Take: Covey and the bullpen are sharp while Matt Davidson continues his drive to prove he belongs.

Not much is expected of our Sox this year. Most fans think the team will be lucky to win 70 games. In fact, many are actively rooting for them to completely tank and get the number one pick in the coming draft which will most likely be a guy named Seth Beer - supposedly a generational talent who is as can't miss as they come at this stage in his career. Heck, the Sox are so unexciting that the biggest story prior to tonight's game was that the Sox were starting three guys with the same surname - Garcia - in the outfield, apparently the first time in Major League history that has happened. For the third night in a row the fans rooting for losses went home frustrated. Behind solid pitching and consistently excellent defense the Sox held the Twinkies to a single run, and when Matt Davidson smacked another bomb late in the game the team went on to win 2-1.

The single aspect of this game that stood out was the defense. Both teams made several stunning plays. There were diving grabs, backhand stabs, more sliding, tumbling catches and two guys were thrown out at third twice on excellent relays. Dylan Covey took the mound for the Sox and early in the game wasn't all that sharp. In the first two innings he yielded four base runners including a pair of doubles, a walk and a stolen base. Fortunately the Twinkies only managed to score a single run for all their efforts. Covey went on to yield five hits and three walks in his 5.1 innings of work but with some of the aforementioned defense helping him out he didn't allow any more runs and last I checked that remains the number one goal.

Unfortunately, the Sox weren't exactly lighting the world on fire offensively themselves. Abreu and Frazier remain mired in their early season funks - though both hit the ball harder tonight - and over all the top four in the order managed one hit and no runs in 16 plate appearances though Tim Anderson did manage to work his first walk off an 0-2 count. Jose Abreu got the Sox scoring going in the third with a simple groundout that initially looked like an inning-ending double play. Leury Garcia (one of the three record-setting outfielders) doubled with one away. Anderson and Tyler Saladino then followed with walks to load the bases. After that, Abreu's two-hop chopper to the left side seemed destined to end the inning when it was cut off by the Twinkies third baseman. Fortunately he threw high to second, forcing Saladino but causing the relay throw to be late and allowing Leury (the centerfielder, so you should know his last name by now) to score and tie the game at one.

After that both pitchers settled down, scattering a few hits but not yielding any more runs with their defenses picking them up when they did get into trouble. Then both teams went to their bullpens in the 6th inning and used four relievers the rest of the way. In addition, both teams brought the pitcher who ended the 6th out to start the 7th. Dan Jennings, for the Sox, did his job and got a man out but then yielded a single and was yanked. Ryan Pressly, on the other hand, was not so lucky. After working a routine 6th he made a mistake to Matt Davidson leading off the 7th and Matt drove said mistake into the right field seats for what would prove to be the winning run. Jennings' single was the only hit the bullpen would relinquish as Putnum and Jones worked scoreless innings. Jones was helped by one of those great defensive plays mentioned above with Leury (last name redundant) recovering to make a solid catch on a Mauer line drive that might have altered the rest of the game, but reads the same as a foul popout in the box score. Robertson came on to pitch the 9th and you almost have to feel sorry for the Twinkie batters he faced. His curve ball is as sharp as ever and after striking out the first two batters on some extreme nastiness the third guy managed to actually make contact on a pitch just above his ankles and ground out meekly to second to end the game.

And that, as they say, was that. The Sox were 2-1 winners as they continue their solid pitching and defense early in the season. Offensively it continues to be the Avi (last name redundant) and Matt show. When Frazier and Abreu eventually start to hit this team might actually score some runs and that would open up a whole new can of worms for the management team to deal with. For now it's just enjoyable to watch some winning baseball being played by motivated players. Hopefully that continues on Saturday as Jose Quintana takes the mound for the Sox seeking his first win. the Twinkies are sending Ervin Santana to the mound and he's been all kinds of special early in the season so the hitters will have their work cut out for them. Game time is 1:10 in Minnesota. Can the Sox continue their winning ways? Only time will tell. Will they break their own record by starting three guys with the same last name in the outfield two games in a row? Tune in to find out.

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Another 2-1 win? 3 wins in a row? Over .500? WOO... breathing calmly...


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