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A Couple of Touchdowns Should be Enough

May 26th vs. the Cleveland Indians

Today's Sox Crew:
Heavy Lumber Movers
The Sox heavy lumber staff were in action today, swinging tools at a torrid pace as they built a 14-run edifice on the South Side.

Short Take:Bombs away as the White Sox outslugged the Wahoo Chiefs 14-7 on a crisp day for a football score in Chicago.

The White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians today 14-7. Since this is a football score, who better to address the nature of this game than Vince Lombardi: "The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual." That was the case today as everybody got on base for the Sox at one time or another. Maybe there was something in the water or some weird planetary alignment, but for whatever reason usually solid pitchers Jake Peavy for the Sox and Derek Lowe of the Indians combined to give up 15 runs and 16 hits. Who can say? But it was fun to watch the Sox mash the ball and pick up a full game on the division leading Lake Erie Toons.

There's something wrong with that statement, of course. The group from Ohio has no business being in first place and, as they say in statistics, they soon will be regressing toward the mean and assume their rightful place in the second division. Today's calling card from the White Sox is one step in that inexorable march toward Cleveland mediocrity.

How did it happen, you ask? Well, draw up a chair because this tale takes time to tell. It began in the first inning when Gordon Beckham singled and moved to third on Adam Dunn's single. Paul Konerko's single scored Beckham and put Dunn on second. Alex Rios was the victim of a showstopping play by center fielder Michael Brantley, who reached over the center-field wall in a leap to take away a home run. After polite applause recognizing the balletic quality of Brantley's play, the Sox cleared their throats and kept hitting. A.J. Pierzynski doubled, scoring Dunn and sending Paulie to third. Next in the conga line was Dayan Viciedo, who singled to right and drove in Konerko and Pierzynski. By the time the first inning was over it was 4-0 Sox and we felt just swell.

That is, until the top of the third. In very un-Peavylike fashion, Jake walked Juan Diaz and gave up a single to Lou Marson. Next he hit Shin-Soo Choo with a pitch to load the bases. As if on cue, Michael Brantley doubled to clear the bases. After some consultation on the mound that clearly didn't help, Peavy gave up a homer to Jason Kipnis to score two more. After another single to Casey Kotchman, Peavy got out of the inning but with the Land of Cleve in the lead 5-4.

But be of stout heart! The Sox came back in the bottom of the third with four more runs. Dunn led off with a ground-rule double, followed by another ground-ruler by Konerko, scoring Dunn. Rios then singled, scoring Paulie. Dayan Viciedo homered to right as he continued his warm-weather warmup, scoring two more. Now it's 8-5 Sox and all is well.

That is, until the top of the fifth. Choo led off with a single and Kipnis came back with another two-run homer that fell like an unwelcome dropping in the punch bowl. Now it's 8-7 and we're nervous.

We remained nervous until the bottom of the seventh, when Konerko led off with a (dreaded leadoff) walk. Rios doubled again, scoring Konerko when the Wahoo's shortstop dropped the relay throw. Pierzynski singled, putting Rios on third for Viciedo to drive home on his single. Then Alexei Ramirez singled to load the bases for Alejandro De Aza, who grounded into a 6-4 putout at second but landed safe at first on an error by Toon firstbaseman Casey Kotchman. That commotion allowed two more to score. This made it 12-7 Sox and we're feeling just swell again..

We felt even more swell in the eighth when Konerko hit his second ground rule double of the day and Alex Rios homered them both home. Fortunately this Rios homer was out of Michael Brantley's reach. Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain, and Will Ohman finished the last three innings for Peavy and kept the intruders at bay.

Your intrepid TBGR correspondent was at the game and can vouch for how swell we all felt as the Sox continued their victory march, as well as how nervous and depressed we felt as the Cleveland Interlopers kept scoring. Since it ended in a football score we should end this with an observation by football veteran and former White Sox DH Bo Jackson: "Football is easy if you're crazy as hell."

KW Appreciates The Game:
"How can you not appreciate this game? Hits, fireworks, Cleveland losing -- I appreciate it big time!"

submitted by tebman.

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