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No Donkey, No Problem

May 8 at N.Y. Mets


Today's Game Rating:
5 STARS
13 hits? Wow, that's normally a week's worth of production for this bunch.

Short Take: Adam Dunn takes a seat, and the Sox bang out 13 hits in a 6-3 victory over the Mets.

Maybe White Sox manager Robin Ventura should have benched Adam Dunn sooner, huh?

OK, I guess the .145-hitting Dunn wasn't really benched. He was merely sitting out because there is no designated hitter in a National League ballpark. But, it was hard not to notice the difference in the Sox offense as the South Siders rapped out 13 hits in a 6-3 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday. The top four hitters in the Sox batting order combined for nine hits, six runs scored and five RBIs. You probably wouldn't have seen that if Dunn had been in his customary cleanup spot.

In any case, Alejandro De Aza ignited the Sox offense with a solo home run leading off the game. The Sox left fielder later started a three-run rally in the third inning with a bunt single. After an Alexei Ramirez single, Alex Rios doubled home De Aza. Conor Gillaspie, hitting cleanup instead of Dunn, finished the rally with a two-run double that gave the Sox a 4-1 lead.

The Sox added another run in the seventh on three consecutive two-out singles by Rios, Gillaspie and Paul Konerko. Rios contributed a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning, his team-leading eighth of the season.

The run support made a winner of Jake Peavy (4-1), who looked strong after sitting out nearly two weeks with back spasms. The right-hander fired 6 2/3 innings of three-hit ball. He struck out six and walked two. His only blemish was a solo home run by Lucas Duda in the second inning.

The Sox bullpen was a little shaky. Matt Thornton gave up back-to-back hits and a run to start the eighth inning. Jesse Crain came on and struck out the side to put an end to that nonsense. Closer Addison Reed was summoned to protect a 6-2 lead in the ninth - a non-save situation - and he allowed a run on three hits. He did, however, strike out the side, fanning Juan Lagares with two on and two out to end the game.

With the win, believe it or not, the Sox salvage a 4-4 road trip. It seemed worse than that, but it really wasn't that bad. Thursday is an off day, and then the Sox start a brief three-game homestand against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Friday night. Dylan Axelrod (0-2, 3.60 ERA) will seek his first victory of the season for the Sox. He'll be opposed by right-hander Tommy Hanson (2-1, 3.86 ERA). Game time is 7:10 p.m., and you can watch on Comcast SportsNet.

WSI's
Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
I tell you what, Stone Pony, you know who would be able to hit better than .145 even at age 73? YAZ! TWO THUMBS UP!


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