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Two In A Row, Eh?

June 17th vs. the Toronto Blue Jays

Sox Office Smash Hit:
The Natural
Pop Fisher said he shoulda been a farmer. The Sox have been, and it's paying off.

Short Take: Mike Pelfrey did his team proud, throwing six innings of 1-run ball to lead the Sox to a 5-2 win over the Blue Jays.

Mike Pelfrey came through today. He got the win as the White Sox beat the Blue Jays 5-2 for the second win in a row in Toronto. The Sox are dealing with a disabled list crowded with pitchers, and Pelfrey has been part of the backfill they've needed. After throwing an inning of relief a couple nights ago in Baltimore, he took the ball today pushed through six innings of one-run, five-strikeout baseball. Not a bad day's work.

And the Sox looked good doing it. The Blue Jays aren't a bunch of stiffs, and the Sox, behind Pelfrey and some steady relief work, held them to two runs while efficiently picking up their five.

How did they do it? Let us count the ways:
Second inning: Todd Frazier -- ka-boom! 1-0 Sox.
Second inning: Matt Davidson -- ka-boom! 2-0 Sox.
Sixth inning: Jose Abreu -- ka-boom! 3-1 Sox.
Eighth inning: Todd Frazier -- provokes an error at third, scoring Alen Hanson. 4-2 Sox.
And my favorite:
Ninth inning: Tim Anderson double, Omar Narvaez sac bunt puts Anderson at third, Yolmer Sanchez executes the suicide squeeze to bring Anderson home -- ka-boom, ka-boom, ka-boom! 5-2 Sox, and the Jays are blue, indeed.

Ah, this is the way baseball is supposed to work. I attended SoxFest in January and heard Rick Renteria talk about his hopes and plans for the season. Several times he talked about building a style of play, especially among the younger players, that he called "the White Sox way." We took it with a grain of salt, having heard hopeful banalities many times before.

But watching this team this year, even with their current record and the steady stream of injured players, I've come to appreciate what Renteria was talking about. That squeeze in the ninth was about as well-executed as any I've seen in years; you've got to have speed on the bases, two guys who know how to bunt, and players who know how to coordinate their movements to make a daring play work. It didn't just add an insurance run -- it added confidence in the clubhouse.

Like many, I was skeptical about the rebuild and Renteria's optimism. And things could get ugly tomorrow. But the Sox have taken the longer view, sort of like planting flower bulbs in what's been a weed-filled garden, and I think we've seen some of the first shoots poking through the soil.

Pop Fisher, manager of the Knights in "The Natural," said, "I shoulda been a farmer." Like so many metaphors in baseball, that's one that fits. Players are sent to the "farm," hone their skills in the "bushes," and win big in a "barn burner." It's true here, too: in another year or two, Moncada, Robert, Kopech, Collins, Fulmer, and the rest will have grown on the farm and arrive with the promise of an autumn harvest. A game like today gives us a glimmer of what that harvest could look like.

The Sox are doing the little things that can lead to big things, and that's a good thing.

submitted by tebman.

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