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We Were Dayan To See Him Hit Like This

June 23rd vs. the Milwaukee Brewers

Today's Sox Crew:
Precision Crane Operators
The White Sox swung the boom of this game back and forth, but the hydraulics and the gears moved with timely precision tonight.

Short Take:Back and forth they went, but the White Sox came out on top in this tug-of-war with the Milwaukee Brewers, 8-6, on the strength of Tank Viciedo's breakout night.

When I was a kid there was a ride at small amusement park that would rise up on a wide arc and lean precariously to one side. Just when you thought you'd fall it veered back to the other side. From port to starboard you'd go, careening until the ride reached its exhausting end. The White Sox took me back to that goofy ride tonight as they beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-6 on a warm night on the South Side.

The lead changed multiple times in this game, provoking a parade of pitchers as both teams tried to slow down the other. The best part was nodding in satisfaction as the Sox pulled off some timely hitting. Yes, I used the terms "White Sox" and "timely hitting" affirmatively in the same sentence. Dayan Viciedo, whose hitting has been a thin gruel all month, came off the blocks in a big way, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs, including an opposite-field, two-run homer.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Baseball is a linear game, so let's start the line from the beginning. Starting tonight was Dylan Axelrod, recent AAA call-up and veteran of the Windy City Thunderbolts. Hoo-boy, we all thought -- another rookie starter to get chewed up. But not so fast: Axelrod did not look bad tonight, throwing 5-1/3 innings with good movement on his pitches. He gave up five runs (four earned), but no walks, no homers, and three strikeouts. The Sox pitching staff is hurting, literally, with John Danks and Philip Humber on the DL; Gavin Floyd has become a Jekyll and Hyde figure who looks heroic one outing and wilder than a March hare the next; the Zach Stewart experiment was a bust; and Santiago and Jones have been inconsistent. What to do? Call up somebody, and it was Axelrod who got the call. The Sox needed him to get into the sixth inning, and he did.

The yah-hey-dere bunch from Wisconsin got in the scorecard first, getting a run in the second after Aramis Ramirez scored on George Kottaras's RBI double ( goes the ride to one side!). But the Sox took back the lead in the bottom of the second when Paul Koerko led off with a single, followed by an Alex Rios single, followed by an A.J. Pierzynski sacrifice bunt to move them to second and third, followed by a Dayan Viciedo single that scored Paulie, followed by an Alexei Ramirez single to score Rios. Got that? Now it's 2-1 for the Sox at the end of two ( the ride veers back to the other side!)

The barrel-rollers tied the game in the third. Norichika Aoki was hit by a pitch, stole second and went to third on a groundout. Ryan Braun singled Aoki home to make it 2-2 (deep sigh as the ride settles in the middle).

Ah, but the Sox took back the lead in the fourth when A.J. singled and Viciedo hit his opposite-field guided missle into the Bullpen Bar. Hey! It's now 4-2 for the Sox after four (aieee...the ride reels back to the far side!).

In the fifth, the oompah boys picked up another run when Aoki singled, stole second again, and scored on Nyjer Morgan's RBI single. Not to worry, our heroes still have the lead, 4-3.

That was true until the sixth. That was the inning that Axelrod ran out of tricks, including his breaking ball. Aramis Ramirez singled and Rickie Weeks was hit by a pitch. Will Ohman came in, faced one batter, the pinch-hitting Martin Maldonado, who singled home Ramirez. Oh, man. Nate Jones was then brought in and promptly gave up an RBI single to Cody Ransom, a run-scoring sacrifice fly to Carlos Gomez, and a ground-rule double to the ubiquitous Aoki, and then a walk to Morgan. This loaded the bases for Ryan Braun. Jones wriggled off that hook by getting Braun to fly out. Now it's the middle of the sixth and it's 6-4 for the Miwaukee County Keggers (ah-yahhh...the ride jerks to the opposite side!).

But the uncharacteristic sight of timely hitting appeared in the bottom of the sixth: the Sox re-tied the game as Rios singled and stole second, Viciedo singled Rios home, and Orlando Hudson scored Viciedo on a double (we catch our breath as the ride reaches equilibrium). Then in the seventh after Beckham's single and Konerko's walk, Rios singled home Beckham and the Sox took back the lead, 7-6 ( we're dipping again!). In the bottom of the eighth the Sox harvested another run when Beckham singled home Alexei Ramirez, who'd singled earlier and advanced on Hudson's bunt and tagged-up to third on Alejandro De Aza's deep flyout, making it now 8-6 for the Sox after eight (ahhh...I think the ride's slowing to a stop).

Addison Reed had come in to pitch in the eighth and finished the job in the ninth, firing fastballs as though they were being shot from a long-range rifle. 8 to 6 and it's over, and our stomachs settle down.

Please keep your hands in the car until the ride has come to a complete stop.

KW Appreciates The Game:
"I appreciate that these guys learned how the #@#%*# bats work!"

submitted by tebman.

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A big night for the big guy: 3-for-4 with 4 big RBIs. Tanks, man!

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