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That Felt Good

May 25, at Los Angeles

KW's Daily Special:
USDA Prime steak, served on a golden plate, hand fed to you by a supermodel
You may want to make a reservation at Kenny's Grill tonight.

Short Take: My only complaint:  Los Angeles doesn't have a football team so I can't make a corny, "Bears win" joke about tonight's 17-3 Halo-whoopin'.

Earlier this holiday weekend, it was noted on the WSI Boards that the White Sox rank near the bottom of the American League in virtually every American League offensive statistic.  Maybe one day won't completely right the ship, but oh, did today feel good.  The Sox pounded out 23 and 3 home runs in tonight's 17-3 rout of the Los Angeles Angels.

The Sox scored early and often tonight, jumping all over Ervin Santana before anyone even noticed the Sox were wearing those goofy red hats.  The first inning was an Ozzieball clinic; Scott Podsednik lead off the game with a sharp single to center field and moved to third on a single by Alexei Ramirez that found its way past Chone Figgins at second because Podsednik was moving on the play.  Jermaine Dye and Jim Thome kept the singles coming, each bringing home a run and Carlos Quentin capped the scoring in the first with a double deep to center field that scored Dye.  However, Quentin pulled up running to first and was pulled for Brian Anderson.  Though the injury initially looked serious, as the game progressed it was reported that Quentin was able to walk on his own and that he merely aggravated the foot injury that sidelined him earlier, so hopefully TCQ will not miss any extended time (though, when you score runs like this, there's no need to hurry back).

Meanwhile, on the hill for the Sox was John Danks who, after being spotted a 3-run lead in the 1st inning, immediately coughed it back up.  After a 2-run Torii Hunter double and Rob Quinlan blooped a 2-out, RBI single perfectly in between Ramirez, Podsednik, and Anderson, it looked like tonight might be a long one, but Danks settled down, and even though he battled with his command and release for the entire night, gave the Sox 6 strong innings, allowing only 3 runs, 4 hits, and striking out 4, but he did walk 6.  Still, with the Sox piling the runs on every frame until the 6th, Danks was able to keep the Angels off the board and put his offense back to work.  What else can you ask of the kid?

There's too much to go over offensively for the Sox (no complaints here), but highlights were Dye who torched Santana for a 3-run bomb in the 2nd after the Sox had retaken a 1-run lead.  His homer turned a seemingly tight game into a laugher, and Dye had either scored or drove in 5 of the Sox's first 7 runs.  Jim Thome and Paul Konerko also went deep for the Sox, but the real encouraging thing to watch tonight was the way Chris Getz, Scott Podsednik, and Alexei Ramirez sparked the offense from the 9-1-2 spots in the order.  The trio went 10-17 with 7 runs scored, a pair of doubles and a pair of walks.  Podsednik in particular was impressive, reaching base 6 of 7 times up to the plate, with 3 singles, a double, walk, and even taking one for the team off Justin Speier.

D.J. Carrasco and Jimmy Gobble combined to pitch the final three, uneventful frames and close down a game that was pretty much over in the 2nd inning.  The White Sox have now won 5 of their last 7 to keep pace with the streaking Tigers and pick up a game on both Kansas City and Minnesota.  Bartolo Colon, fresh off a loss in that 20-run stinker against the Twins last week, takes the hill against Joe Saunders.  Hopefully the Sox saved a few runs for him.  Game time is 9:05 PM Central time and it will be broadcast over WCIU.

WSI's Critic's Corner:  6 stars out of 5.  I know those annoying Southwest commercials always brag about how great things are in California, but I never imagined they'd be true.

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Jermaine Dye

Final line of 2-5 is deceptive, Jermaine came through early when this game was still in doubt; his RBI single in the 1st gave the Sox their first lead and his 3-run bomb in the 2nd helped put it away after the Angels' brief comeback. 

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