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John Danks Stays A Head in the Count

June 18th vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks

Levels Finished:
5 (with guts)
John Danks was hit by a barrel of a line drive but was able to lead the way up the ladders. Konerko and Rios sent the fireballs deep into the seats to take the prize.

Short Take:John Danks really took one for the team tonight, surviving a line drive off his head to pick up his third win in a 6-2 victory over the D-Backs.

The Arizona Diamondbacks play in a novel ballpark with a sliding roof and natural grass. Being in the desert, the roof option allows the games to avoid the searing summer heat of the arid southwest. Today it was 79 degrees inside and a scorching 104 outside, but the White Sox' bats must've been stored outside because they were sizzlin' tonight. The Sox beat the reptilian ones 6-2 with power hitting and gutsy pitching.

John Danks started for the Sox. Now here's a guy who deserves a break (or two or three). He lost his first eight decisions -- at least three and probably more of those he would've won if the team behind him had been hitting. Danks got the win tonight, pitching seven innings while giving up two runs, only one of which was earned. Seven strikeouts, too. His performance was all the more remarkable in light of what happened to him in the fourth inning.

Before we get too far ahead in the story, let's go to the second inning when the Sox gathered their first run. After a leadoff single by the offense's one-man-band, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez followed with a double, putting PK on third. Konerko scored on a swinging bunt by Alex Rios, making it 1-0 Sox. Our hosiery favorites picked up another run in the third after Brent Morel doubled and went to third on a flyout by Carlos Quentin. Konerko came through again (of course) with an RBI single. 2-0 Sox in the third inning, and life is good.

But the D-Backs fourth was scary. Willie Bloomquist led off with a single. Stephen Drew followed with a frightening ground-rule double that ricocheted off John Danks' head...a sobering sight. In Robert Adair's book, "The Physics of Baseball," the speed of a battted ball is shown to be typically in excess of 110 MPH. Danks took the full impact of that missle off the back of his head as he turned in his follow-through motion. After a cursory examination by White Sox Trainer Herm Schneider, Danks was allowed to continue, and he pitched effectively through the seventh.

After that scare and the relief that Danks was well enough to pitch, there were runners on second and third with no outs. Ramon Castro let a passed ball get by him, allowing Bloomquist to score. Justin Upton hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Drew. But Danks struck out Chris Young and induced a flyout from Ryan Roberts to end the inning in a 2-2 tie.

But Johnny Danks and the Sox did not roll over. In the sixth, Paul Konerko (yes, him again) hit a solo homer to put the Sox in front 3-2. Back-to-back singles from Ramirez and Rios spelled the end for serpentine starter Zack Duke. Micah Owings replaced him and that was good news indeed. In the top of the eighth, human beanbag Carlos Quentin was hit by an Owings pitch. Ramirez then singled, and Alex Rios cranked a three-run homer to left-center that put the Sox in front 6-2.

Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton tidied things up in the eighth and ninth, securing John Danks' hard-earned third win.

Danks seemed in good spirits and pitched effectively (seven strikeouts), but a blow to the head like he received cannot be treated like a hangnail. Let's hope John really is okay after tonight and that the team continues to leave their bats in the hot sun if that's what it takes.

Ozzio's Game Rant:
 "Hey! You hit John Danks in the head, he gonna %#@%* with you hitters, big time!"

submitted by tebman.

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John Danks

Not only did he pitch seven strong innings; not only did he get seven strikeouts; not only did he give up only one earned run; he also did half of all that after being hit on the head by a line drive! Keep that aspirin bottle handy, John!

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