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Philadelphia Is A Nice Place to Visit

July 13th vs. the Philadelphia Phillies

Today's Game Rating:
A story that shouldn't have had suspense had it anyway, though it did wrap with a happy ending.

Short Take:It took eleven innings and a 41-minute rain delay, but the Sox beat the Phillies 5-4 in soggy Philadelphia.

As this game went toward extra innings I started writing another in the parade of sad essays I've had to compose as we've gone through this season. The game was tied 3-3 and I fully expected the Sox to collapse like a bad soufflé as they have so many times.

But then...whaddya know? The White Sox came back in the 11th inning to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 in the City of Brotherly Love. It was a soggy, three-hour-and-fifty-three-minute taffy-pull that saw the usual array of forehead-slapping plays. But a win is a win, and those have been in short supply this year. We'll take it.

John Danks started for the Sox and lasted 6-1/3 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits. That credits him with a quality start, which has been cold comfort this year for most Sox pitchers. Danks got no decision since the go-ahead runs were scored much later, but at least he didn't have to eat another loss.

The brotherly lovers picked up two runs off Danks in the first inning when Jimmy Rollins got on base on a fielder's choice and moved to third on Michael Young's double. Domonic Brown's groundout was enough to score Rollins, and Delmon Young's single scored Michael Young. There must be a joke in there somewhere with Young driving in Young, but that'll remain as an exercise left to the reader.

The Sox tied it in the fifth with back-to-back singles by Josh Phegley and Gordon Beckham and a sacrifice bunt by John Danks, who found himself hitting in a National League ballpark. Alejandro De Aza's double scored them both to tie the game. In the sixth the Sox actually took the lead when Conon Gillaspie's sacrifice fly scored the fleet-footed Adam Dunn from third.

But in the seventh the Penn-sters re-tied it when Darin Ruf homered off Danks, knotting it up 3-3 as the clouds were gathering over Philly. In the bottom of the eighth we got to witness National League baseball in all its archaic glory as Robin Ventura came to take Donnie Veal off the mound. Nate Jones came in to pitch, batting sixth in the order to replace Brent Morel, who'd come in to pinch-hit for Gillaspie. Jeff Keppinger came off the bench to play third in Morel's place, hitting ninth in place of Veal. Got that? It all became moot when the Sox couldn't score in the ninth, but shuffling the deck can be fun too, I suppose.

After a 41-minute rain delay in the middle of the ninth, the Phillies got two leadoff singles off Nate Jones. That was reason enough to make us groan, but then Jones made a windup-toy move to second that balked them to second and third. Bottom of the ninth, tie game, runners at second and third, no outs...this is when I started writing another eulogy. But remarkably, Jones pitched out of it and we splashed on to extras.

The Pennsy tenth was scary when Adam Dunn's error put runners on first and third with one out. A defensive-interference call later sent the runner to second, but Ramon Troncoso got off the hook with a groundout to end the inning.

The Sox 11th was remarkable in that everything happened with two outs. De Aza tripled, Alexei Ramirez doubled him home, and Alex Rios got lucky on a bad-hop shortstop error that left him safe at first and Ramirez safe at home. Now it's 5-3 for the Sox and we find ourselves short of breath in the rarefied air of runners in scoring position actually scoring.

Addison Reed pitched the bottom of the 11th and gave up a double to Ruf and an RBI single to pinch-hitter Humberto Quintero to make it 5-4. Hoo-boy, we sighed. But be of stout heart! A 5-4-3 double play ended the inning and the game for a rare White Sox winner.

Ben Franklin, Philadelphia's most famous citizen, once said: "Games lubricate the body and the mind." After a wet affair like today's, the Sox should should feel thoroughly lubricated.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
Two Thumbs Up! "Stoney, did I ever tell you about the time Yaz and I were talking about how to keep your shorts dry in a rain delay?" "Uh, no, Hawk..."

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