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OUR win streak!

April 30 vs. Seattle.  

Short take:  Eat it, Seattle!

Sox Fans, doesn't winning feel so much better than losing?  If we were Cubs fans, we would simply tell ourselves a bunch of lies to make ourselves numb to the losing, perhaps even euphoric over the losing.  "Sammy hit a zinger, whoopee!"

No way!  It was pure torture for Sox Fans to lose those three games to Oakland last weekend.  And that's why today's 8-4 win over Seattle was pure pleasure, too.  There is no substitute for a Sox victory.  Seattle's ten-game road win streak is over.  Now it's OUR win streak, baby!

You can't blame Lou Piniella for being a bit overconfident playing our Sox.  His team has beaten us like a drum going back to the 2000 ALDS.  Neurotic Sox Fans have been been reliving the nightmare of Keith Foulke's meltdown in Game 1 of  that series ever since. 

Tonight, however, belonged to our Sox.  Starter Dan Wright was shaky, but ultimately effective against one of the most potent line ups in baseball.  The Sox game him run support early, bailed him out of trouble later, and then delivered him this third win of the season.  A real team effort.  Sweet!

Paul Konerko wasted no time extending his hitting streak to 17 games with a first inning to score Frank Thomas with the game's first run.  Seattle came back to string together three runs on three hits in the second, but our Pale Hose answered with two runs to tie it.

Who started that rally?  The bottom of the line up, of course.  Jose Valentin, Carlos Lee, Sandy Alomar, and Royce Clayton all reached base safely.  Besides Lofton's exceptional play in the leadoff spot, this has been the most important improvement in the Sox over last year:  turning over the line up.  Sox Fans, we'll be scoring runs in bushels as long as this keeps up.

If the bottom of the order got the game tied for us, it was the potent top of the order that busted this game open.  Ken Lofton led off the fourth inning with a single, then advanced to second on a fielding error.  Doesn't his sound like money in the bank, Sox Fans?  Ray Durham bunted safely (!) and Lofton went to third.  Do you think Ray Ray needs to have contract negotiation year every year?

The heart of the Sox order then chewed up overrated Seattle pitching slug, Paul Abbott.  Frank Thomas looked like his old self, drilling one to left to score the go-ahead runs, and Magglio Ordonez put an exclamation point to the night's festivities with a monster two-run dinger to center.  It was 7-3 Sox, and Sox Fans began to feel good about themselves again. 

Wright went seven innings, allowing three runs, eight hits, and one walk against two strikeouts.  A fine outing.  Gary Glover and Keith Foulke split the last two innings to nail down the win.

Meanwhile, the Comiskey scoreboard was providing comic relief as updates on Anaheim's dissection of Cleveland flowed in from Jacobs Field.  The final in that game was 21-2.  My, how far those pigs have fallen since the Sox took the wind out of their sails earlier this month!

Tomorrow is May 1 and guess who is in first-place?  The Sox just passed their first major test of the season.  More glory lies ahead!

George Bova is editor and founder of White Sox Interactive.

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