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Crazy Eight

May 30 vs. Tampa Bay

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The Sox kicked Tampa Bay's ass, then imploded their crummy dome on the way out.

Short Take: The White Sox overcome horrible umpiring to earn their eighth consecutive victory and complete a sweep of Tampa Bay.

I'm about to write something I haven't written about a White Sox team in quite awhile: These guys are pulling for each other. They are picking one another up, and they have each others' backs when they are out on the field. Everybody is on the same page, and the results prove it. The Sox overcame a lot of nonsense to beat Tampa Bay 4-3 Wednesday. With the win, they completed a three-game sweep of the Rays and collected their eighth consecutive victory.

Home plate umpire Mark Wegner inexplicably ejected Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana and manager Robin Ventura in the bottom of the fourth inning after Quintana threw a pitch behind Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist. That taxed the Sox bullpen, but they protected an early lead the rest of the way. We'll talk more about the umpire later, but first, let's go over how the Sox took control of the game.

The South Siders jumped in front 1-0 with a two-out run in the first inning. Alex Rios delivered an RBI single off Tampa Bay loser Alex Cobb (2-1). The hit scored Gordon Beckham, who had been hit by a pitch earlier in the inning.

Tampa Bay tied it in the second on a home run by Luke Scott, but the Sox fought right back with two in the third. Rios doubled with one out, then Cobb drilled A.J. Pierzynski right in between the shoulder blades on the first pitch. Note, this is the second Sox hitter who had been hit in the game. This one was obviously intentional, a retaliation for Pierzynski's late slide into second base during Tuesday's game.

The Rays would pay for giving the Sox an extra baserunner. Dayan Viciedo's RBI single scored Rios and sent Pierzynski to third. The hit-by-pitch crossed home plate on a sacrifice fly by Alexei Ramirez. 3-1 Sox.

The umpiring nonsense broke loose in the fourth. With two outs and nobody on base, Quintana and the Sox served notice they weren't going to tolerate anybody throwing at Pierzynski. The Sox lefty threw one thigh-high behind Zobrist. The ball went all the way back to the screen. It really didn't come that close to hitting the Tampa Bay hitter. Yet Wegner ejected Quintana immediately. No warning. Nothing.

So, let's get this straight. Two Sox batters were hit, one in blatantly intentional fashion. No Tampa Bay batters were hit. Yet the Sox are the ones who had their pitcher and manager ejected. Hawk Harrelson went nuts on the WGN broadcast and rightfully so. He called for Wegner to be thrown out of MLB. Can't say I disagree with Hawk after that horrible display of umpiring.

But the Sox perservered and added to their lead when Viciedo and Ramirez hit back-to-back doubles with two outs in the fifth. 4-1 game.

Sox reliever Nate Jones (3-0) pitched two innings to get the win, but he did give up a two-run homer to Carlos Pena in the sixth. The Sox led 4-3 going to the seventh, and it would be time to bite your nails from that point forward.

Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain combined to pitch a 1-2-3 seventh. Crain worked a 1-2-3 eighth. The Sox looked like they might break it open in the ninth as they placed runners on first and second with no outs. However, the middle of the batting order failed to produce a run. The Sox stranded 10 runners on the day. In the second inning, they failed to score after loading the bases with no outs. After all the missed chances, you had a feeling the bottom of the ninth would be scary. It was.

Closer Addison Reed walked the leadoff hitter, Pena, and gave up a one-out single to Matt Joyce. But with the tying run at second and the winning run at first, Reed shut the door by inducing both Zobrist and Scott to pop out to Ramirez. The rookie right-hander earned his sixth save of the season and sent the Sox into their off day on a high note.

The South Siders will begin a nine-game homestand Friday as the Seattle Mariners come to town. The opener will be a battle of former Cy Young award winners as Sox right-hander Jake Peavy (6-1, 3.07 ERA) will oppose Seattle ace Felix Hernandez (4-4, 3.17 ERA). The game beging at 7:10 and will air on Comcast SportsNet.

KW Appreciates The Game:
The only real hole on last year's roster was in the manager's office. See how much better we are now that we don't have a quitting ******* in charge of the team?

submitted by JB98.

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