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A Strong Danks and A Couple of Long Cranks

June 8th vs. the Oakland Athletics


Today's Game Rating:
5 STARS
A well-played ballgame is like a well-composed movie. Good direction, good performance, a solid ending.

Short Take:John Danks gave up only one run while Dunn and Konerko cranked two big homers to give the Sox a 4-1 win over the Athletics on a warm day in Chicago.

After nine Saturdays in which I endured seven maddening losses by the White Sox, I gritted my teeth thinking of what I could say if they bumbled through yet another loss. But today I went to see the White Sox and a baseball game broke out. The Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 behind John Danks' strong pitching performance, a home run by Adam Dunn, a two-run shot by Paul Konerko, and a sharp ninth inning by Addison Reed. Fancy that -- actual Major League baseball showed up on the South Side.

It was a good game, though it had been so long since there had been one I'd forgotten what they looked like. John Danks faced the hot A's, who had grand- slammed their way past Chris Sale the previous night. If there were aftereffects of that loss, they weren't apparent. Danks was both dominant and efficient, working at a brisk clip that brought back fond memories of Mark Buehrle at his best.

The first inning gave us qualms when Coco Crisp led off with a single followed by a walk to Josh Reddick. No outs and two men on -- oh boy, we sighed, expecting a long afternoon. Though Josh Donaldson singled home Crisp for the first run, Danks got a strikeout and a double play to snuff out the remaining threat.

After a leadoff single in the second, Danks retired the next 21 Oaklanders to limit the damage to that first-inning run. The A's simply couldn't get anything going against Danks.

Adam Dunn tied the game in the second with a leadoff homer that banged off the green wall behind center field. Except for a couple of other scattered hits the Sox couldn't do much off A's starter Tommy Milone through seven innings.

But the Sox could do a lot off A's reliever Sean Doolittle, who started the eighth inning for Oakland by giving up a single to Alejandro De Aza. Next was a remarkable sight -- Alexei Ramirez successfully laid down a sacrifice bunt. Rubbing my eyes to be sure what I'd just seen, I discovered that De Aza was now in scoring position. Alex Rios singled him home to give the Sox a 2-1 lead. Paul Konerko then came to the plate looking for a first-pitch fastball, saw it, and sent it over the left-field wall for a two-run homer. Now it's a 4-1 Sox lead at the end of eight and ebullience filled the park, a feeling that's been in short supply this year.

Addison Reed came in to pitch the ninth. Though he gave up a leadoff single to Crisp, he shut down the next three Oakland Bay Boys for the save. Now that's the way a baseball game is supposed to be played! No torpid pitching with long tedious intervals between deliveries, no brain cramps to allow runners to advance, no leaving dozens of runners on base.

It's okay -- I can stop gritting my teeth.

WSI's
Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
Two Thumbs Up! "Stoney, they tried to tell me that the Sox are eight games under .500. But that's Sabermetrics! You know what won this game today? TWTW!"


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