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Sweeping in Seattle

April 22 at Seattle Mariners


Today's Sox Crew:
Architectural Contractors
The Sox laid the plans, built the framework and carried out the masonry in a flawless manner.

Short Take:   It wasn't perfection by any means, but the Sox got just enough from John Danks and the offense, which never quit.

No matter what the Sox did on the field, on the mound or at the plate during Sunday's series finale at Safeco Field in Seattle, Sox fans knew it would pale in comparison to Philip Humber's outstanding accomplishment just 24 hours prior to the first pitch of Sunday's ballgame. In fact, today's contest could be referred to as a "hot mess." John Danks wasn't his sharpest and the Sox stranded some runners on base at critical times, but they came through at the right time and even added some insurance runs late. With Sunday's 7-4 victory, the Sox have now won eight consecutive ballgames in the Emerald City, dating back to 2010.

The big inning for the Sox was the sixth on this sun-splashed afternoon. Down 4-2 and not looking real good, the Sox had the heart of their order due up. Adam Dunn, who is seeing the ball infinitely better than he did all of last season, was issued a walk from Kevin Millwood (0-1) and went to third on Paul Konerko's single. A.J. Pierzynski's fielder's choice saw Dunn tagged out at the plate, seemingly killing the momentum that had begun building. However, the other albatross from last season, Alex Rios, followed with a two-RBI triple, tying the game at four. Kosuke Fukudome brought Rios home with the fifth Sox run on the afternoon with a sacrifice fly, giving the Sox a lead they'd never relinquish.

The Sox added some insurance runs in the top of the eighth, courtesy of the same guys who'd contributed just two innings prior. Konerko led off the inning with a double and was replaced on the base paths by Alejandro De Aza, who went to third on A.J.'s single. Rios came through again in the clutch, this time driving De Aza in with Chicago's sixth run and Fukudome capped off the scoring with an RBI single, scoring Pierzynski.

John Danks (2-2) was shaky all afternoon, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and four walks in just six innings of work. He struggled mightily in the third and fourth innings, when Seattle scored all four of their runs. Danks committed a costly throwing error in the fourth, allowing the go-ahead run to score for Seattle. At the time it was 3-2 in favor of the Mariners, and they added to their lead, courtesy of a fielder's choice by Dustin Ackley. No worries, though because the Sox did their aforementioned damage, which was enough for the victory. Notable bullpen contributions were made by Addison Reed and Matt Thornton, who combined for two innings of scoreless, hitless ball and Hector Santiago, who notched his fourth save on the young season.

No doubt about it, Sunday's game paled in comparison to Saturday's. However, it was refreshing to see that the Sox didn't have a perfect game celebration hangover, going out and taking care of business on the field. Now having won 19 of their last 22 against the Mariners, the Sox will head to Oakland, where they'll take on the Athletics for three at the Coliseum. Jake Peavy (2-0, 2.75 ERA) will take the mound for the Sox and will be opposed by former Sox hurler, Bartolo Colon (3-1, 2.63 ERA). The first pitch will be thrown at 9:05p CDT and the game will be broadcast on Comcast Sports Net Plus.

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 The first Sunday victory actually occurred in April this year! What's not to appreciate about that?!


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