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June 24th Vs A's

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Sox crushed Oakland and it was sweet.

Short Take: Carlos Rodon looks like an ace and Yoan Moncada busts out big time as the Sox blowout Oakland.


Sox haven't had many easy wins recently. Not sure I can remember the last to be honest. It's been a rough week+ and with Oakland having post season aspirations this weekend has been tough on Sox fans. While our boys managed to win the second game on Friday they blew yesterday's game after taking a big early lead and continued to struggle early in this game. Then, recently returned, Carlos Rodon found his groove and Yoan Moncada broke out of his recent hitting slump in a big way as the Sox went on to win 10-3.     

This game started out like so many recent Sox games. No hitting to speak of at all. Fortunately Carlos Rodon was on his game today and managed to overcome a couple of early jams including 2nd and third with one away in the second and 2nd and 3rd with no one out after a leadoff homer in the 5th. Fortunately that was about all Carlos gave up as he managed to go eight strong innings scattering only two more hits and no walks in his best outing since returning. Carlos really looked like the guy he was supposed to be before getting injured and undergoing surgery. He regularly clocked 95+ on the radar gun and had Oakland batters making weak contact all game long including his most impressive stretch after the first three batters of the 5th where he absolutely dominated the next 3 hitters.

Still entering the bottom of the 5th the Sox were losing 2-0 and it wasn't just that they hadn't scored, the Sox hadn't managed to do much of anything offensively at that point in the game. Sanchez had reached on an infield single and made it all the way to third on a stolen base and error on the throw, but he was stranded there. Then in the 5th Anderson led off with a single but was then retired on a bang-bang play while trying to steal second. The Sox appealed and while he might have been safe, it was too close to overturn based on the evidence available. Sanchez then grounded out and things continued to look bleak. But, the next two batters, Narvez and Leury Garcia both singled. Adam Engel managed to get hit by a pitch and that loaded the bases for Yoan Moncada. Yoan's been a bit of a whipping boy for the Sox struggles this year. He hasn't hit or fielded well in the last month+ since coming back from a brief stint on the IR and he was already 0-2 with a K in this game. Fortunately, Yoan was hitting from the left side and he managed to get good wood on the ball and one-hopped one off the fence in the right-field corner. Engel never hesitated and came screaming around third. When the relay was bobbled and rolled free, he scored easily and the Sox led 3-2. Amazingly enough they weren't even done yet. Avisail Garcia dropped one into left and Moncada scored with Garcia taking second on the throw home. Abreu followed with a single of his own and Garcia scored the Sox 5th run of the inning. Abreu was out trying to advance so the inning was over, but what's that Hawk always likes to say about crooked numbers? The Sox had one and suddenly the game was interesting again.

With a 3-run lead Rodon put the game on cruise control and retired 8 of the final 9 hitters he faced and got a double play to erase the loan baserunner he allowed. Meanwhile the Sox weren't done and came right back to add five more runs in the bottom of the 6th while displaying their power as they hit 3 homers including the final one by Moncada with Narvaez and L. Garcia on base to put the cherry on the 10-run Sunday that was this ballgame.

Ricky did what Ricky does and pulled Bruce Rondon after he walked the leadoff hitter in the 9th but allowed Xavier Cedeno to pitch after he walked the next guy too. Cedeno then induced a double play before giving up a wild pitch to finish the scoring. One more walk was issued before the final out was recorded and the Sox and their fans finally had an easy win. Would be nice to get a few more of those and maybe they can after a very necessary day off. If it seems like it's been a while, that's because it has. The Sox last official day off was June 4th, though they obviously had a rain-out this past week. Still over those 20 days the Sox have actually played 21 games including two doubleheaders. Tuesday they take on the Twins here in Chicago with Reynaldo Lopez taking the mound for the Sox. Game time is at the usual time, 7:10 PM. Hopefully the Sox can keep that offense humming. You know Lopez would love to see that.

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