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There's No Whining When They're Winning

August 17th vs. the Minnesota Twins

Today's Game Rating:
Anytime this group can put together a happy ending against the Twins, it's a 5-star production.

Short Take:Chris Sale once again did what he does, keeping the hitters under check while the offense awakened to beat the Twins 8-5 up in Minnehaha land.

Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler wrote mysteries. Powerful pieces of literature, but they were works of fiction. The fact that the White Sox could do what was thought to be impossible this year in beating the Twins twice in Minnesota just proves that Mark Twain was right when he said, “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.”

The Sox looked good tonight as they handily defeated the Northwoods Nuisance 8-5 in Minneapolis. Chris Sale started and was his usual workmanlike self, going seven innings and giving up three runs while striking out eight. Nate Jones pitched the eighth and gave up a enough hits to put the Twinkomatics within one run, but hey, it wouldn't be an evening with the Sox if one of the bullpen denizens didn't give us shortness of breath.

But that was a sideshow. On balance our heroes looked good tonight, making us wonder where they've been for the last hundred games. I was prepared to draft another elegy chronicling the Sox' clownish performance, but by playing well and winning the game they took that tool away from me. Truly, there's no whining when they're winning.

So how did this happen? Ventura's Vindicators got on base and on the board early. Alejandro De Aza led off the first with a single, and was sent to third by Alexei Ramirez's double. A productive groundout by Paul Konerko brought home De Aza and presto! The Sox have a 1-0 lead.

But these are the Twins, and like the piranhas they resemble so closely, they chewed away. In the bottom of the third Sale gave up two singles after there were two outs, just in time for Joe Mauer to double them both home. Josh Willingham then doubled in Mauer and it's 3-1 for the ice fishermen.

But in the very next half-inning the White Sox did some of their own two-out magic. Adam Dunn doubled, Avisail Garcia scored Dunn with another double, Jeff Keppinger walked, and Dayan Viciedo scored everybody with his 10th homer to bump the score up to 5-3. How 'bout that? The South Side Pride picked up one more in the eighth, when Willingham lost Dunn's fly ball in the gloaming with two runners on. Dunn got credit for a cheap double, and now it's 6-3.

That's when Nate Jones showed up and promptly gave up two runs when Willingham led off with a double and Ryan Doumit went deep to make it 6-5. Hoo we go, but fate cast it's finger our way as Jones pitched out of the inning and the Sox hitters had more plans. In the top of the ninth, Jordan Danks singled and De Aza launched a salvo into the right-field seats to make it 8-5.

Addison Reed did what he does in the bottom of the ninth, even striking out Joe Mauer on three pitches for the final out. We rubbed our eyes in disbelief, but the Sox actually won convincingly against the Twins for the second night in a row.

I'd gotten used to whining this season. It started to feel comfortable. But when they play like this I have to clear my throat and offer congratulations. I don't want to whine and I won't when they're winning. See if you can say that fast three times.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
Two Thumbs Up. "Stoney, I'm sorry you weren't here tonight to see a good game. Like I was telling Wimpy --" "Hey Hawk, you wanna hear my imitation of Howard Cosell talking about Yaz?"

submitted by tebman.

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Dayan Viciedo

Big ol' home run put the Sox in the lead. Moved through the Twinkie outfield just like a tank.

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