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Motown Mowdown

May 26 vs. the Detroit Tigers

WSI Playdate Funtime:
Game of Success
After deliberate effort, the White Sox completed their mission successfully.

Short Take:Behind the hot bats of Tim Anderson and Jose Abreu, the White Sox beat the Tigers, 8-4, in Detroit.

The White Sox played like a major-league team today and beat the Tigers 8-4. It was the first win for the Sox over the Tigers this year, and except for some sloppiness in the ninth inning, they looked good doing it.

Hector Santiago started today for our heroes. He's one of those players who'll be the topic of a future barroom conversation:

"Who was that guy the Sox drafted and then bounced around but came back to the Sox during the Rebuild?"

"You mean Santiago? I forgot about him. He was okay."

"Forgettable" is what we can say about much of this year's squad. The hope is that when the phenoms graduate to the big club in another year or so, the team will become one to remember. In the meantime we have journeymen like Santiago, who gave up a two-run homer to Jeimer Canderlario in the first. It was a two-run shot because Tim Anderson had an error on the throw to first to put a runner on. Grumble.

But the damage was limited to those two tallies, until the third, when Candelario hit his second dinger to give the kitties three runs. But the South Siders had come back with a run in the third after Anderson walked and was doubled home by Jose Abreu. Doubles have become Jose's specialty, as has hitting in general: he went 4-for-4 today, with two RBIs and two runs scored. If there's a tent pole holding up this team's leaky wigwam, it's Abreu.

But then (insert dramatic music), in the fifth and sixth the Bridgeport Bashers notched six more runs. In the fifth, solo homers by Anderson and Abreu added a pair, and the sixth saw Daniel "Wally Pip" Palka hit his own solo shot, followed by a three-run kaboomer from Anderson's hot bat. Another run scored in the seventh after Abreu hit his second double and came home on Daniel Palka's RBI single. Now it's 8-3 for the Comiskey Clouters and Rick Renteria feels he's on cruise control.

So confident was Renteria, that he opened the bullpen (insert ominous music). Santiago was taken out after five, which is too bad, because he was doing pretty well after Candelario was out of the way. The usual suspects were brought in to pitch the remaining four innings, ending with Joakim Soria in the ninth.

It's never easy, though. Even with a five-run lead the Sox created ninth-inning suspense. With two outs, Soria gives up a walk to the ubiquitous Candelario. Candyman moved to second on Defensive Indifference (a stat that makes me chuckle), and a ground ball to short was bobbled by Anderson, who then made a bad throw to home, allowing Candelario to score. The final out was finally made, however, and Chicago emerged victorious, 8-4.

This team is a work in progress. Slow, but it's progress. Let's do it again tomorrow.

Fun Da Mentalz:
This is the way a ball game should work. Runs, hits, errors: it's the human comedy.

submitted by tebman.

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Tim Anderson

Big day with a big bat, but with a buggy glove. 2-for-4 with 4 RBIs, including two homers. Also three errors, but that's yin and yang, right?

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