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Quintana Rules: Sox Hammer Tribe In Pitcher's Starting Debut

May 25 vs. Cleveland Indians

Today's Sox Crew:
Hammer Swingers
A.J., Viciedo, and of course Foreman Dunn used their tools astutely to support the new guy on the job site, who held his own and ended the night soaked in suds.

Short Take: The Sox come up big in this big (for May) matchup against the division leaders, and win their third straight home game in the process. No, really, they're on a winning streak at home. Stop laughing, I'm serious.

The Sox, after taking two of three versus the crappy, perpetual losers ( JB98) realized that they're playing some good ball. Cynics will say that playing the two worst teams in baseball back-to-back series will do that to you, but aside from that little stinker against Minnesota in the series opener, the Sox seemed to have found their stride offensively. Well, now the Sox had to face the division-leading Jndjans and a hot pitcher in Jeanmar Gomez, so now we can really see if this offensive output was just an aberration or a sign of things to come. Let's just say, after what happened tonight, it looks like it may be the latter, as the Sox roughed up Gomez and rolled to an easy 9-3 victory at U.S. Cellular Field.

Rookie Jose Quintana, called up to take the place of the injured John Danks, was on the bump for the Sox, making his first career start. Early on, he was a bit shaky, allowing one run on two hits in the first inning to put the Sox in an early 1-0 hole. Adam Dunn, though, would hit a two-run bomb, his 15th of the season, in the Sox' half of the first to make it a 2-1 Sox lead. So this is what it feels like to be on the other side of that "giving runs back" thing. On another note, not only is Dunn looking at Comeback Player of the Year honors, he may also win an All-Star nod at this pace. Just mind-boggling, considering where he was last year. A.J. Pierzynski would also join the home-run party in the second, knocking a solo shot to make it 3-1. It turned out the Sox would need that insurance run, as Quintana gave up a run in the third to make it 3-2. After that, though, he settled down and pitched well, only allowing the two runs on four hits in 6 IP, striking out four and walking three. The walks could use improvement, but for a rookie making his major league debut, not bad numbers at all.

The Sox bats really broke it open in the 6th and 7th innings, as Alexei Ramirez had an RBI single and Alejandro De Aza drove in two to put the Sox ahead 6-2 after six. Finally, the Sox put the icing on the cake of Wahoo @$$-whoopin' when A.J. hit an RBI triple (!) and the white-hot-hitting Dayan Viciedo mashed his 9th homer of the season (his sixth in 11 immediately after, to cap the Sox' scoring at 9-2. The Indians would get one back in the top of the ninth off a meaningless Shelley Duncan home run off of meaningless Zach Stewart, but that would be it, and the Sox pull to within 2.5 of the Indians! Afterwards, Quintana would get the customary beer shower in celebration of his first win. It's a shame...there were some thirsty people at a South Side bar who could have made good use of that beer.

The Sox will try to keep the streak alive and make more headway in the race for the AL Central tomorrow afternoon at 3:10pm. The pitching matchup will feature two former All-Stars experiencing career renaissances after subpar 2011 seasons, as the Sox' Jake Peavy (5-1, 2.39 ERA) takes on the Wahoos' Derek Lowe (6-2, 2.15 ERA). It'll be a hot one tomorrow (high of 87 expected), so if you go to the game tomorrow, stay cool and drink plenty of water. Anyway, Sox, I know you guys haven't had much of a problem with this lately, but I'm still going to say it...just win, baby.

KW Appreciates The Game:
"I appreciate that we're starting to come together and hit the ball...we keep it up, why can't we take the division?"

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