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Doctor, There's A Pulse!

September 28 vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Today's Sox Crew:
Rios thought the outfield seats needed a speck of white, and made it so, at a high velocity and at an opportune time.

Short Take: Not the prettiest win, but at least it's a win, for a change.

Following last night's loss to drop the Sox to 2 back in the race for the AL Central, many despondent fans had pretty much given up. With good reason, too...the Sox' offense has been pathetic. They've constantly left prime scoring opportunities on the basepaths, and they're all constantly swinging for the five-run homer. All seemed lost. However, in this game, things can change in one game, going from the highest to highs, to the lowest of lows, and back again. Today was another upswing in the roller coaster that is the race for the AL Central, as the Sox managed to bounce back from last night's heartbreaker and came away with a 3-1 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, ending their 8-game winning streak.

Gavin Floyd was on the hill for the Sox, and he had a weird outing. Not a bad one, just a weird one. He pitched 5 innings, allowed one run on only two hits and struck out six, but he also walked five, continuing an alarming trend of Sox pitching consistently giving batters a free pass. In the first, the Sox were placed behind the 8-ball early, as the Rays' Ben Zobrist swatted a home run to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. Here we go. However, Kevin Youkilis had other ideas, and in the third inning, he drove in Alexei Ramirez with an RBI single to tie the game at 1. Wait wait what? Situational hitting? RBIs without the aid of a home run? Who IS this team? in the fourth, Alex Rios reminded everyone that yes, this is indeed the White Sox with a solo shot to put the Sox ahead 2-1! Floyd departed after the 5th, and Jesse Crain came in and pitched 2.2 excellent innings, allowing one hit and striking out four Rays. In the 6th, after two outs following a leadoff double by Rios (and many fans certain that he would be left there), Ramirez managed to come through with a 2-out RBI single to drive in Rios. Unbelievable. The bullpen (Matt Thornton, Nate Jones, Donnie Veal, and Addison Reed) stifled the Rays' bats, the only blemish being a Thornton walk to the only batter he faced. Veal came in to start the 9th, and he did with a strikeout of Ben Francisco. Reed came in to close the door, and he did so painlessly, with a flyout and a groundout. Why can't they all be that easy, Reed? Sox win!

To make a good day even better, the Tigers fell to the Minnesota Twins 4-2 at Target Field, so the Sox cut the deficit in half on this Friday night. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire knew that the Sox and Tigers are dogfighting it to the end, and said that it was fun to have an impact on the AL Central race. Okay, Gardy, do that for two more games, thank you. He also called the Sox the "Mighty Whities". Although they've been playing more like the "Soiled Tighty Whities" recently, the Sox have cut the lead to one game with five more to go. First and foremost, the Sox need to take care of their own business. Their destiny is no longer in their hands (and for that, they have no one to blame but themselves), but ahead or behind, they can't afford to lose more than 2 games. They need every win they can get. The Sox put themselves in this position, now they have to lie in the bed they made.

Tomorrow's game against Tampa Bay has been picked up by FOX, so the start time will be at 3:05pm, and not the 6:10pm start it was originally scheduled to be at. Chris Sale will go for the Sox in the biggest start of his career, going against the Rays' Matt Moore. Moore has been struggling lately, going 0-4 with a 5.72 ERA in his last six starts. Hopefully the Sox can keep that trend going and help out their own starter with some early offense. They need this...let's hope they get it. Go Sox!!

KW Appreciates The Game:
"We got a few games left. Let's do some more of this 'winning' thing, yeah? I want some of that postseason gate."

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