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Need Run Support, Gavin? How About 17 Hits?

May 7th vs. the Seattle Mariners


Levels Finished:
All 5
Gavin Floyd led the way up the ladders and the hot bats knocked seventeen barrels off the path. Fireballs, shmireballs! This was a major-league team tonight.

Short Take:Gavin Floyd pitched a beaut of a shutout and the White Sox improbably got 17 hits to beat the Mariners 6-0 in Seattle.

The story goes that the Phoenix, the bird of legend, lives for 500 years and then burns to ashes, after which it miraculously comes back to life full of vigor and lives for another 500 years. Then it burns up and repeats the cycle. At least it seems to work that way in the Harry Potter tales.

I didn't buy that until I saw the White Sox raise their collective heads and spray 17 hits in a 6-0 win tonight against the Seattle Mariners. Like the ungainly Phoenix, the ungainly White Sox burned to ashes over the last three weeks, and tonight they miraculously came back to life. Gavin Floyd pitched magnificently, giving up only three hits in eight full innings. Two of those hits were by Ichiro, which really shouldn't count since that guy gets a hit just by showing up.

But what a performance by Floyd! His breaking ball was breaking the hearts of the Mariners' lineup as he racked up six strikeouts. Tony Pena came in to pitch the ninth and wrap it up, giving the Sox a rare shutout. 2011 has been a parade of futility, but not tonight under the steel-beam trusses of Safeco Park in Seattle. Ah, but for now let's look at the hitting.

What? Did he say look at the hitting? Yes he did, and he wouldn't have believed it himself if he hadn't seen it. Seventeen hits! That's as many hits as they've had in a week's time up 'til now. Ten of those hits were by the unlikely trio of Alex Rios, Gordon Beckham and Brent Morel, three guys who have been targets on WSI's dartboard for the last month.

The first run scored in the first inning when Adam Dunn doubled and was driven home on a single by Paul Konerko. You just can't beat having speed like Adam Dunn on the basepaths, rounding third like a rolling boulder to score that first run. In the top of the fifth, three consecutive singles by Rios, Beckham, and Morel set it up for Juan Pierre who took one for the team as he drove in a run on a hit-by-pitch from Starbucks City starter Doug Fister. Adam Dunn then hit a screamer into the right-center gap that should've been a bases-clearing double but was caught by Michael Saunders, resulting in a sacrifice fly and making it 3-0 Sox.

In the top of the sixth the bottom-of-the-order boys were back -- Rios doubled, Beckham singled, driving him in, and Morel doubled, driving in Beckham. Watching in disbelief I discovered that the Sox were leading 5-0. Our prodigal team came home again in the ninth after Pierre singled, Alexei Ramirez walked, and Mark Teahen, pinch-hitting for Konerko, singled in Pierre. Now it's 6-0 Sox in the ninth and the die has been cast. Pena finished off the bottom of the ninth.

Seventeen hits. . .I like the way that sounds as I say it. . .seventeen hits. LIke the Phoenix, they really did awaken tonight. I just hope we don't have to wait 500 years for these guys to come back to life the next time.

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