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Seven Days of Darkness are Over

April 21 at Tampa Bay

Levels Finished:
All 5
The Sox were flipping the barrels and avoiding the burns tonight as they bounded up the ladders to beat the Rays.

Short Take:Apparently the Sox found the instruction manual tonight. Solid pitching and snappy offense combined to knock off Tampa Bay 9-2. 'Bout time!

Like mice wandering through a maze, the White Sox have been bumping into walls for the last seven games, all the while not quite knowing how they got there. Tonight they finally emerged from the maze, blinking in the bright light of an actual 9-2 win against the Tampa Bay Rays.

This game had. . .uh. . .what's it called? Execution? Could be. . .it's been so long since that word's been associated with the Sox. Gavin Floyd couldn't get his curveball to work but he had enough with his other pitches to get the job done. He only gave up two runs in six innings of work, scattering seven hits and throwing seven strikeouts. Not bad for a guy who couldn't seem to find the strike zone last week.

Jeff Niemann, a great beanstalk of a man, started for the Rays and graciously provided hittable pitches in 4-2/3rds innings. Juan Pierre launched the ship tonight with a leadoff bunt single in the first and went a-dashing to third on a wild throwing error by Spring Break City thirdbaseman Felipe Lopez. Ageless Omar Vizquel got a productive-out RBI by hitting a grounder to the right side. 1-0 Sox in the first.

The Sox got four more in the third inning as Pierre singled, stole second, and was doubled home by the ever-vigorous Vizquel. The human beanbag, Carlos Quentin, was hit by a pitch. But that's okay, because Paul Konerko singled, Adam Dunn singled, scoring Vizquel and Quentin respectively. A.J. Pierzynski launched a graceful sacrifice fly to score Konerko, and before you can say New Winning Streak, it was 5-0 Sox.

The Florida Flounders awakened briefly in their fourth when Ben Zobrist singled, Casey Kotchman walked, and John Jaso singled, loading the bases. Next up was Sam Fuld, a solid player (who has the distinction of being the latest in a long string of dumb personnel moves by the Cubs). Fuld singled in two, which amounted to all their scoring tonight. This made it 5-2 Sox after four.

But the Sox weren't done. Another run came trotting in the fifth when Konerko doubled, followed by a two-out RBI single from Pierzynski. But as Ron Popeil says, there's more! In the sixth, Mark Teahen walked, Pierre got on base again, this time following Quentin's example with a hit-by-pitch, and Quentin showed them why the HBPs matter when he hit a 2-RBI double. Now it's 8-2 Sox in the sixth -- do we dare believe?

Yes we do. In the eighth, Teahen walked again, Vizquel singled, and Paulie the K singled himself his 15th RBI. Ohman, Santos and Gray did an inning each to finish it off for Gavin Floyd. They behaved the way you hope relief pitchers would, giving up no runs. A good night's work.

Enough with seven-game losing streaks. There are seven deadly sins, you know, and we don't need any more.

Ozzio's Game Rant:
"I told these kids, seven is too many! Seven is no good! We not playing craps!"

submitted by tebman.

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