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Sox Survive in the Twins' Plastic Bag

July 11th vs. the Minnesota Twins

KW's Daily Special:
A Happy Meal Overwrapped in Plastic Bags
The White Sox hold on to win 8-7 against the maddening Twins in their plastic palace.

Short Take:Piranhas, piranhas, everywhere! But the Sox outswam them 8-7 tonight in the baggiedome.

Those carryout meals from Kenny's Burger Joint need a big, strong plastic bag to hold them. And where does one go to find large plastic bags? Where else but the humpdome in Minneapolis, where today the White Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins 8-7. The baggies were aflutter as the Sox and the Twins both hit freely, as often happens in Minnesota's huge recyclable container.

Right away in the 1st inning, Scott Podsednik took a page out of the Twins' playbook and outran a swinging bunt for a single. That was followed by a four-pitch walk to Alexei Ramirez. Now, that is a remarkable thing -- Ramirez actually didn't swing. Podsednik and Ramirez tagged and advanced to second and third on a Jermaine Dye fly to center. Podsednik scored on a Jim Thome groundout to the right side. Sounds like twinkieball, but hey, it works. 1-0 Sox in the 1st.

In the Sox' half of the 2nd, Jason Nix and Boy Wonder Gordon Beckham both singled, keeping the plumperdome outfield busy. Mighty Brian Anderson strode to the plate and cracked a double to right, scoring Nix. Podsednik, this year's feel-good story, hit a productive groundout, scoring Beckham. Just like that, it's 3-0 Sox in the 2nd. Cool!

The Sox scored single tallies in the 4th and the 5th innings. In the 4th, glorious ingenue Gordon Beckham doubled down the right-field line, followed by an Anderson RBI single. In the 5th, Jermaine Dye singled and went to second on Jim Thome's walk. Captain Paul Konerko singled to left, bringing Dye home to score. 5-0 Sox in the 5th, and they appear to be cruisin' as Gavin Floyd expertly worked his curveball to mystify the Twins' hitters through the first 4 innings. I likey.

But Joe Crede, who now prowls the Glad-Bag Coliseum infield, felt like he had something to prove to his old team. Justin Morneau and Jason Kubel both singled in the Twins' 5th, and Crede went deep for a three-run homer beyond the oversized poncho that covers the frumpydome's outfield wall. Now it's 5-3 Sox after 5 innings. Harumph.

But the Sox matched the Twins' 3 runs in the top of the 6th, as Twins knuckleballer R. A. Dickey walked Beckham, Ramirez, and Dye. Dickey was replaced by Brian Duensing, who promptly gave up a bases-clearing and bat-shattering double to Jim Thome. 8-3 Sox in the 6th. So there.

But they don't call the Twins piranhas for nothing, you know. In the bottom of the 7th, Joe Crede still felt he hadn't proved enough to the Sox and hit his second home run of the night, a solo shot that made it Sox 8, Crede 4, after 7 innings. Lighten up, Joe. Then the Twins got cranky in the 8th, as a single by Denard Span was followed by a Brendan Harris double. With runners on second and third and 1 out, Joe Mauer grounded out to Jayson Nix at second, scoring Span. Kenny's head chef Ozzie Guillen then called in head bouncer Bobby Jenks to settle down the rambunctious Twins, and he struck out Justin Morneau to end the 8th. Now it's 8-5 Sox after 8. Uh-oh.

The bottom of the 9th carried on in true chumpdome fashion, as Michael Cuddyer singled off Jenks, skipping the ball across the rug into centerfield. Joe Crede, still feeling that his statements thus far had not been strong enough, hit a scorching liner that went through the ventilated glove of our good Gordon Beckham, putting runners on second and third with 1 out. Brian Buscher, pinch-hitting for Carlos Gomez, let an inside pitch catch his sleeve so that he could be awarded first base. Jeez.

Now the bases are loaded with one out. Jose Morales, pinch-hitting for Nick Punto, got a seeing-eye single up the middle, scoring 2 runs. It's 8-7 now, as it seems Joe Crede is trying to single-handedly beat the White Sox tonight. But fortunately for our collective blood pressure, Denard Span hit into a 6-3 double play to end the game. Exhale.

I've always known that plastic bags can be dangerous, and the Twins have proved it again and again in their peculiar inflated funhouse. But like tired prize fighters after 15 rounds, the White Sox staggered out of this on top tonight. Let's leave Kenny's kitchen open a little later for a late-night snack, but this time let's put in a paper bag. Leave the plastic bags behind.

Critic's Corner:
Just call me Mr. Natural. I hate plastic bags, even if the Sox can pull off a win.

submitted by tebman.

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