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Showing Some Swagger

May 8, vs. Minnesota 

"These ain't your daddy's White Sox... We're going to keep going after a championship as aggressively as we can."

KW's Hole Cards:
Aces all the way
Sure, Kenny and the Sox slow-played their monster hand to start, but after lulling the Twins into complacency, they pounced for the W.

Short Take:   Decent hitting and fundamentally sound baserunning?  Toss in a couple of long balls for good measure?  Good start by John Danks?  Excellent outing by star arms in bullpen?  It all came together today, baby!

After last night's embarrassing loss and with a trip to White Sox Hell (also known as the West Coast) looming, it's safe to say times have been better for Chicago's true baseball fans.  So you can excuse us for jumping to gloomy conclusions when the Twins squeaked out the first two runs of Thursday's game at the Cell in the 5th inning as nowadays, two runs seems like twenty.  The White Sox, however held their ground and scored the final six runs of the game, besting their division rivals 6-2 and taking 2 of 3 in the series and this short homestand.

 

Chalk up another good outing for John Danks, who cruised through the first four innings of today's game, only getting in a bit of trouble once in the second inning when, in true Twins fashion, they failed to hit a ball out of the infield, yet had a pair of runners in scoring position before Brendan Harris grounded out to Alexei Ramirez at short.

 

The Sox however, remained mired in their May slump and at one point, Twins starter Kevin Slowery (who?  I know, I know) retired 11 Pale Hose in a row.  The game seemed destined for a loss when a pair of 2-out singles by Matt Tolbert and Joe Mauer each plated a run to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead.  Considering that in their 7 losses over the last 8 games, the White Sox have averaged under 1.5 runs per game, the deflation felt around Sox fandom was entirely justified.

 

The White Sox, however, immediately responded.  Jermaine Dye led off the bottom half of the fifth by belting a solo home run to cut the deficit to 1, and after Joe Crede doubled down the left field line, Juan Uribe crushed a 2-run bomb to give the Good Guys a 1-run lead they would not relinquish.  The afternoon was highlighted in the 8th when, with the bases loaded and only one out, Toby Hall hit into what appeared to be a standard 5-4-3 double play, except that Uribe slid hard into second base, taking out Brendan Harris and plating Dye.  The extra out allowed Matt Tolbert to throw away a grounder by Alexei.  Joe Crede scored thanks to the error and plated the sixth and final run of the game for the South Siders.

 

And hey, how about the bullpen?  Danks left after 5 innings, meaning we'd all have 4 innings to nervously wonder how the bullpen would blow this game.  Octavio Dotel, pitched two ridiculous innings, retiring the final six batters he saw, 5 via the strikeout.  Scott Linebrink, the other gold (or maybe green) arm in the 'pen threw a scoreless inning of his own, though that was mostly thanks to a  rare Twins base running faux pas, and Bobby Jenks allowed a harmless single before slamming the door on the Twins (in a non-save situation) to preserve the win.

 

I would also like to take this time to congratulate Jim Thome for busting out for his first stolen base since September 25, 2002 which was also, coincidentally, against the Twins.  That, however, was likely not in such bizarre fashion.  After Paul Konerko supposedly took a walk from Matt Guerrier in the 6th, Thome and Carlos Quentin each moved to the next base, however, after a delayed appeal, the pitch was ruled a strike, meaning Konerko faced a 3-2 count against Guerrier, but since no one stopped Thome or Quentin from jogging an extra 90 feet, they completed what may go down as the slowest double steal in the history of the game.  What's the old saying about seeing something new at the ballpark every day?

 

The White Sox jet out to the Seattle now for a 3-game rendezvous with the Mariners in the Emerald City.  Jose Contreras takes the hill for the Sox against Carlos Silva, who has been little more effective than a BP coach over his career against the Sox, so hopefully this is just what will be needed for the bats to finally wake the **** up.  Tomorrow's game starts at 9:10 Chicago time and will be televised on Comcast Sports Net.

WSI's
Quest For the Final Table Update:
 No complaints today, as Sox play good baseball, plus take advantage of mistakes from the Twins.


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1-3, with a walk and the go-ahead homer plus a slide into second base to break up a double play that destroyed Brendan Harris.

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