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Solid Rienzo Start + Run Support = End of Losing Streak

September 8 at Baltimore Orioles

Today's Game Rating:
4.5 STAR
Nice outing by Rienzo, a bit o' long ball by Dunn, and the end to a LONG losing streak (and 1/2 star off for Reed making me bite my nails).

Short Take: Sox offense supports solid outing by Andre Rienzo; Addison Reed is rocky for second straight game, but Sox hang on to beat Baltimore 4-2 and end that L-streak at 9.

Finally - the last day of this 10-game road trip from hell is over. And it came much, much too close to ending as a 10-game losing streak, as Addison Reed came within an eyelash or two of blowing his second save in a row. Thanks to an Orioles base-running blunder, Reed’s save was, well, saved - and the Sox avoided a sweep and defeated the Orioles 4-2.

Sox starter Andre Rienzo took a while to find his rhythm. Two walks in the 1st inning was an ominous beginning. Once Rienzo settled in, he held the Orioles to 1 run (an Adam Jones solo homer in the 4th inning). In the 5th and 6th innings, he really found his curve ball and stymied the Orioles, striking out 4 of the 6 batters he faced. This was a much better performance than Rienzo’s rather short outing in Boston on September 1, where he gave up 5 runs in 3 innings.

The White Sox managed to rouse from their slumber to produce 10 hits today (9 off of Orioles starter Bud Norris). Today’s runs were brought to you most impressively by Adam Dunn’s long bomb in the 5th toward right field that landed in the street outside the stadium, scoring Dayan Viciedo. Viciedo himself was 2 for 4 today with an RBI, and Alejandro De Aza got the other RBI on an infield single.

Relief pitchers Matt Lindstrom, Donnie Veal, and Nate Jones kept the Orioles at bay after Rienzo departed in the 7th inning.

Even though Reed blew the save in yesterday’s extra-inning game, Robin Ventura still brought his closer in the 9th inning for the save with the Sox leading 4-1. However, Reed had some trouble with the strike zone, giving up a walk, a single, and then another walk. With the bases loaded (and my hair rapidly graying), Orioles catcher Ryan Flaherty crushed one, but just foul – it would have ended the game right there and then. Whew! Flaherty then grounded out to 1st baseman Jeff Keppinger, who double-clutched the throw to 2nd base, so the Sox only got one out. One run scored, making it a 4-2 White Sox lead with one out.

What happened next should result in Reed voluntarily donating today’s save to Chris Dickerson, the Orioles pinch runner who came in to run for Flaherty at 1st base. Brian Roberts popped up in foul territory on the 1st base side with 1 out. Dickerson had either lost track of the ball or the number outs, or both, as he was already at 2nd base when Leury Garcia caught the ball in foul territory and flipped it to 1st for the double play. Game over!

So…hugs all around! Let’s follow the example of the Sox starter Rienzo, who in the 3rd inning ambushed Conor Gillapsie in the dugout with an awkward but heartfelt hug after a great defensive play by Gillaspie. Gillaspie might have even cracked a smile during that hug, but the jury is still out on that.

With this win, White Sox ended their losing streak at 9 games, and thereby avoided setting a record for two 10-game losing streaks in one season. Yeah, it’s been that kind of season.

The Sox head home for a three-game set against the AL Central-leading Tigers, leading off with a terrific CY-Young-candidate pitching matchup: our ace Chris Sale (10-12, 2.97 ERA) faces Tigers ace Nate Scherzer (19-2, 2.88 ERA) at 7:10 pm CST on Monday.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
Hawk: In my seven decades in baseball, I don't think I've ever been so glad to say, "Thumbs up for the win, and the end to that dadgummed losing streak!" Stone: My thumbs are up too, especially for a fine rebound performance by Andre Rienzo.

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