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Hahnís Half-Price Team Tweaks Twinks

August 10th vs. the Minnesota Twins

Today's Game Rating:
This game had what it takes to please a crowd: a young, good-looking cast, some suspense, and a happy ending.

Short Take:Andre Rienzoís MLB debut was something to write home about as the Sox edged the maddening Minnesotans 5-4 on a sunny day on the South Side.

When I was in school I worked at a discount store. Though I was a lowly stockman it was clear to me how the management reacted when things weren't going well. Expensive, low-volume items were cast overboard at clearance-sale prices to make room for lower-cost, higher volume units with the promise of bigger things. The strategy usually worked to boost sales in the short term.

That memory came to me this week as I watched the White Sox cast off expensive, low-volume players like Jake Peavy and Alex Rios and stock themselves with a volume of low-cost minor leaguers like Avisail Garcia and Andre Rienzo. So far, so good. The Sox edged out the Minnesota Twins 5-4 on a sunny Saturday on the South Side, boosting success in the short term.

The place where I used to work is long out of business, so I don't want to take the metaphor too far. But baseball isn't the same as hawking toys and T-shirts and we can hope for a better future. We might have seen some of that today.

The Sox actually played well this afternoon. Maybe it was the injection of new players, maybe it was the shuffling of the lineup deck, but whatever the cause the Sox looked better than they have for the past four months.

Our Bridgeport Boys scored early, picking up a run in the first when Gordon Beckham scored on a sacrifice fly by Paul Konerko. The Sox added two more in the second. Jordan Danks led off with a homer, and with two outs Beckham scored again when Twinkie rightfielder Chris Colabello misplayed Conor Gillaspie's liner for a two-base error. Dare we dream that a 3-0 lead will keep us safe?

It didn't seem we had enough to dream with. Andre Rienzo, who has the distinction of being the first major-league player to have been born in Brazil, started for the Sox. Though his curveball curves and his cutter cuts, Oswaldo Arcia and Justin Morneau seemed to figure them out well enough to send them deep into the seats for a total of four runs in the third inning to give the ya-hey-dere guys a 4 -3 lead. With cynical resignation we slumped back in our seats expecting another embarrassing piranha march.

But hey! Ya, hey dere! The Sox grabbed two more runs, and the lead, in the sixth. Garcia got his first hit as a member of our clan and was able to score on Tekotte's sac fly after a walk and a Josh Phegley bunt put him on third. Conor Gillaspie later singled home Jordan Danks, who'd reached base on the aforementioned walk. Now we stare awkwardly at our scorecards, finding ourselves in the unfamiliar position of having a lead. Can it hold?

Yes, Virginia, it can. David Purcey and Nate Jones struck out six of the seven batters they faced, setting up Addison Reed to scare the hell out of us by giving up an immense fly ball to Arcia with two outs in the ninth. Alejandro De Aza made an uncharacteristically heroic catch at the wall, ending the game and our uncertainty.

This year the ticket prices are lower and now the payroll is lower too. Could this be Rick Hahn's recipe for success? I remember a comedian telling a joke about a discount-store manager boasting that this item was selling below cost, that item was below cost, and this item over here was below cost as well. When asked how he could make any money selling so much below cost, he cried, "Volume!"

Does Hahn know something we don't?

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
Two Thumbs Up! "Stoney, I get fit to be tied when our boys look good and we can't say a dadgum thing because Fox pushed us out. You know who'd understand how I feel?" "Let me guess, Hawk. Rhymes with jazz?"

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