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May 13 at Cubs

WSI Playdate Funtime:
The Sox actually looked like a baseball team.

Short Take: Pitching and hitting and defense will win you a few ball games, go figure.


What's all this then. eh? Nothing to see here move along, move along... no wait... what? You mean there actually was something to see today? Indeedy do, yesiree. In fact, the Sox actually looked like a real baseball team today. Of course things started out a little rough with another first inning deficit, and you really couldn't have blamed fans if they turned off the game and went on with their Sunday. Yours truly rolled his eyes and thought, "here we go again" as the Sox put themselves in another 2-0 hole to start the game, but then something beautiful happened. The team played hard, the pitching was solid, the offense didn't quit and Lo and behold the Sox actually won the game 5-3.     

The game started off like so many have recently with the Sox in a hole after the first inning. Giolito wasn't sharp, walked a few guys, threw a wild pitch, let the Cubs run wild and WHAM! 2 quick runs. It really was as ugly as it sounds and worse. The actual play-by-play of that first inning went walk, flyout, wild pitch, wild pitch, walk, stolen base, ground out (runner out at home), stolen base, 2-RBI single, walk, double steal and finally mercifully a K to end the inning. It wasn't just ugly, it was a kick in the head for every Sox fan hoping against hope the team would salvage one game of this series against our dreaded crosstown rivals, and desperate for some kind of proof that the rebuild is really going to work. Giolito's continuing struggles are a stark reminder that nothing is guaranteed. Icy shivers ran down our backs as Cubs fans pointed and laughed at our futility and all of our collective egos were laid bare and raw for the world to see.

Fortunately, Matt Davidson started the comeback the very next inning with a no doubt about it solo shot to bring the Sox within one. Then in the third the Cubs granted us a boneheaded play of their own. With two outs Engel singled, and "Mr Everything" - Wilson Contreras - tried to pick him off. Contreras promptly threw the ball into the rightfield corner and when the dust had cleared Engel was safe at third. Yolmer "Spark-plug" Sanchez promptly blooped a single into center and the game was tied at two. Suddenly the sun was shining. Birds were chirping. Sox fans were singing and the beer tasted just a little bit better.

Meanwhile Giolito was settling down (well sort of). He was recording outs and getting grounders, but his wildness continued. Over all in this game he walked 7 hit another batter and threw 3 wild pitches. I guess effectively wild would be the classic description, but please don't do that again, Lucas. Two more of those walks came in the top of the 4th, when Giolito walked Schwarber (who stole second - his second of the game (insert OMG smiley here)) and Russell back to back to start the inning. Ian Happ then doubled in Schwarber but Russell was held at third. That proved fortuitous when he tried to score on a short grounder to third against a pulled in infield and was caught in a rundown. He was out so fast the other runners couldn't even advance. Zobrist then hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning and close the book on the Cubs scoring.

What's that you say, Voodoo? The Cubs didn't score after the 4th inning? Who are these guys and what have they done with our Sox? Yep, it's the truth. Lucas scattered his final two walks but gave up no more hits over his final 1.2 innings. The final walk with 2-outs in the 6th sent him to the showers, but the bullpen locked things down from there. Meanwhile the Sox offense had decided to show some life. With one out in the 6th Abreu singled sharply to left. Nicky Delmonico worked the count full then drilled one into the gap in right-center that bounced low off the ivy and stopped dead on the track. By the time the ball could be retrieved and thrown in, Abreu had scored easily and Delmonico was standing on third. Matt Davidson followed with a hard hit sacrifice to center and the Sox had the lead. Just for giggles the Sox added a "completely superfluous" run in the 7th when Anderson walked, was sacrificed to second and scored on Leury Garcia's single.

And as was previously mentioned, the Sox much maligned bullpen was shutting the Cubs down. After recording the final out of the 6th, Jace Fry worked a 1-2-3 7th. Nate Jones followed with a 1-2-3 8th and as Sox fans held their breath, Ricky called for Bobby Jenks... no wait, Bruce Rondon to come and close the game. Sox fans, love their chubby relievers and Rondon has been pretty solid this year and honestly no one else has. Rondon did not disappoint, striking out the first two batters he faced before giving up a single. Once again, Sox fans squirmed in anticipation of the other shoe dropping. Here comes the bomb to dash our hopes and smash our dreams and leave us once again bereft and crying... nope, this time Zobrist flied out meekly to center and for the first time in 10 LONG days, victory was ours!

That was a long week and a half of bad baseball and while today might not be as aesthetically pleasing as we'd like, we'll take it. For once the Sox were the team making the right decisions and the good defensive plays while the other team was running into outs at home and chucking the ball around the field. We'll take it and laugh with glee. Gotta enjoy every win this season, there probably won't be very many of them. Maybe we can win back to back. Wouldn't that be special? Tune in Tuesday as the Sox fly to Pittsburgh to to face the Pirates. Game time is at 7:05 in Chicago with Reynaldo Lopez taking the mound for our good guys. Can he get his first win? Who knows, but at least we won today.

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