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Sox Wise Up, Give Seattle a Bouquet of Flowers

August 25th vs. the Seattle Mariners

Today's Sox Crew:
Operating Engineers
The Sox bulldozed their way through their fifth in a row, clearing the site of Seattle clutter.

Short Take:The White Sox picked up their fifth win in a row, beating Seattle 5-4 on timely hitting by Dewayne Wise and Tyler Flowers, brought in after A.J. Pierzynski was ejected for telling the truth.

It's beginning: like the sun breaking through the clouds after a long drizzle, like the tide moving out to reveal the colorful shells on the beach, the White Sox are emerging as the team to beat in the American League Central Division.

Tonight the Sox defeated the (up 'til now) red-hot Seattle Mariners for the second night in a row on a muggy night in Chicago. The final score was 5-4, but the one-run margin doesn't tell the whole story because they came back from a 3-0 deficit to win. This makes five wins in a row for the not-ready-for-ESPN players, and even if ESPN ignores them, the rest of the division cannot.

Tonight it wasn't the work of a single hero, but the cumulative effort of many. This is a team sport, after all. Tonight's starter was Jose Quintana, a smooth-sailing rookie who nonetheless ran aground tonight in the first inning. Quintana gave up a leadoff single to Dustin Ackley, followed by a walk to Trayvon Robinson. With the first two hitters on base, cleanup man Kyle Seager cleaned up with a homer to right field. 3-0 for the Puget Sounders in the first inning. Ugh.

Not to be outdone, Dewayne Wise led off the bottom of the first with a single of his own, followed by a walk to Kevin Youkilis. Deja vu? Paul Konerko singled Wise home and the score is now 3-1 for those other guys.

In the top of the third, the errant judgment and fragile ego of home-plate umpire Lance Barrett came into play after he did not call a strike on an over-the-plate Quintana pitch. A.J. Pierzynski pointed out the error and was ejected. Barrett apparently felt his golden raiment was soiled by engaging in this conversation. Manager Robin Ventura came out for an explanation and he too was told to begone; clearly this was a waste of Barrett's valuable time. He no doubt had to make his opthalmologist appointment immediately after the game and did not want to be late.

Boorish officials notwithstanding, the Sox scored another run in the bottom of the third after Youkilis singled, Adam Dunn walked, and Alex Rios singled Youk home. Now it's 3-2 and Lance Barrett can't do anything about it.

Then in the bottom of the sixth things started popping for the South Side squad. Tyler Flowers, in for the victimized Pierzynski, led off with a homer to tie the game 3-3. Alexei Ramirez and his recently revived bat doubled and later scored on Wise's single, putting the Heroic Ones in the lead 4-3.

One-run leads are fragile things, and the Sox know that. In the eighth, Alex Rios led off with a double and moved to third on a two-strike bunt single by Tyler Flowers. A sacrifice fly to center by Ramirez scores Rios, and just like that the Sox are up 5-3 going into the ninth.

Addison Reed was brought in to pitch the ninth, naturally, though after his embarrassing performance the night before it may not have seemed so natural. But that was yesterday and today is today, and Reed did what he does best: throw strikes and promptly get two outs. But also as Reed does best, he made us nervous by giving up a solo homer to Seager. Now it's 5-4 with two outs, and Reed gives up a single to Justin Smoak. But it's 9:25 and all is well, as John Jaso popped out to Youkilis for the victory.

As others have noted, this season looks eerily like 1967, when the White Sox went deep into September in a first-place dogfight. The Tigers won again tonight and they're not going away.

But neither are the White Sox. See that? It's that light coming through the clouds.

KW Appreciates The Game:
"I appreciate the number five. You know, like five in a row? I'd really appreciate a sweep tomorrow!"

submitted by tebman.

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