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September 25th against the LA Angels of Anaheim

Alexei Ramirez
Paul Konerko

I love line-drive hits and Alexei did it tonight when it mattered most. Paulie couldn't get the bat to work tonight -- better check the batteries.

Short Take:The Sox played a sharp game tonight, beating the Angels 6-2 behind an 8-inning performance by John Danks.

In 1955 a square mile of former orange groves in Anaheim, California were made into what Walt Disney called The Happiest Place On Earth. For one night anyway, he Chicago White Sox found Anaheim to be that happy place, beating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6-2 behind the sometimes-unsteady pitching of John Danks.

I've always liked the Angels as a baseball organization. They're consistently competitive, and behind the guidance of Mike Sciosia they're a no-drama outfit. This season the Angels and the White Sox are commiserating as they limp toward the end of their schedules. Both squads know that they're not going to the postseason and are playing out the schedule as the rules require. I won't get mawkish and whine about the Sox' weak finish. I will say that it's simply a pleasure to watch a ball game for its own sake without the knuckle-chewing anxiety of a pennant race. That adrenaline hit will have to wait for next year.

As to this game, it worked out well for the Bridgeport Boys even if it didn't look promising at the start. Danks gave up a walk to the first hitter he faced, Peter Bourjos. Then he promptly yielded an RBI double to Howard Kendrick. Torii Hunter singled home Kendrick, making it 2-0 Angels after one inning.

The Sox came back in the third looking like a major-league team. Brent Morel led off with a single and was followed by a walk to Brent Lillibridge. Juan Pierre laid down a sacrifice bunt to move them to second and third, and Alexei Ramirez hit a line-drive single that scored them both. Textbook baseball.

But they weren't done. Alex Rios doubled home Alexei, and then the other Ramirez (with the Medusa haircut) doubled home Rios. Now it's 4-2 Sox in the third. How about that?

The Sox picked up another run in the fourth on a solo homer by Ramon Castro, making it 5-2 and marking the end of the night for starter Scott Kazmir. Matt Palmer replaced Kazmir and cooled off the Sox for two innings. The Sox scratched out another run in the seventh after Brent Morel's leadoff single and stolen base allowed him to move to third on a groundout. A sort-of squeeze play on a bunt by Juan Pierre allowed Morel to score, though it was odd to see Angels pitcher Rich Thompson try to duplicate Mark Buehrle's opening day play and glove-flip the bunt to the catcher -- the ball sailed over Bobby Wilson's head and Morel scored easily. Now it's 6-2 for the Sox in the seventh and a cool confidence seemed to come over the team.

J.J. Putz came in to pitch the ninth, but gave up The Dreaded Leadoff Walk to pinch-hitter Hank Conger, provoking Ozzie to bring in Chris Sale. Sale got Hideki Matsui to hit into a double play and struck out Bourjos to end the game.

A good game, played with strategic quality by our heroes. Maybe being out of the pennant race cleared their heads, or maybe it's the flexibility of the 40-man roster. Whatever the reason, it's fun to watch games like this. But I have to say it's a hell of a lot more fun to be in a pennant race.

TBGR Diary:
Nice game. Too bad they couldn't play like this against the Twins.

submitted by tebman.

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Righted the ship after a wobbly first inning and hung around to pitch eight, only giving up two runs. Do more of this next year, eh?

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