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Sorry, Tigers - No Party for You Today

September 22 at Detroit Tigers

Today's Game Rating:
Erik Johnson baffled the Tigers and the Sox offense actually showed up to support him.

Short Take: Sox offense gets it done behind a fine start by Erik Johnson; despite another nerve-racking 9th inning by the bullpen, Sox win 6-3.

White Sox fans – at least the few who are left still watching this team – have had enough torture this season. Today, we are grateful to be spared the pain of watching Detroit celebrate a division clincher. Thanks to a White Sox winner (and also to a Cleveland win), that inevitable celebration will have to wait for another day.

The Sox played solid fundamental baseball, beating the Tigers 6-3 with a combination of solid offense, solid defense, and a nice outing by its starter Erik Johnson. Although the bullpen seems to have forgotten the concept of 1-2-3, today they managed to hold the lead, and the Sox avoided being sweep by the Tigers.

Johnson got the win, holding Tigers to 9 hits, 0 walks, and 2 earned runs over 6.2 innings pitched. His curveball was nasty, and he showed plenty of composure in facing this tough Tigers lineup, even without Miguel Cabrera (out with a groin injury). Johnson has been making a strong case for himself in the 2014 White Sox rotation.

There were no Sox “big sticks” in the lineup, and the Sox managed to score all 6 of those runs without a single home run. I hate to say this, but I didn’t miss Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn, or Dayan Viciedo in the lineup today.

Instead, the Sox youngsters and bench players provided the offense against hot Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez had given up only 3 runs in his last 4 starts. But today, the Sox got on base however they could and tallied 4 runs against him and another 2 against reliever Evan Reed. Avi Garcia was 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs against his former team; Conor Gillaspie was 1 for 4 with a 2-RBI triple; and Jeff Keppinger was 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs.

When the Sox took a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the 9th, last night’s bullpen implosion and subsequent loss was still freshly stinging my gut. In case you've forgotten, the Sox led Detroit 6-1 going into the bottom of the 9th, only to see Nate Jones and Addison Reed give up 5 runs. The Sox eventually lost in extra innings.

So when Robin Ventura left Donnie Veal in to start the 9th, and Veal promptly gave up a double, I was…afraid. But Ventura did not wait this time, and brought in Matt Lindstrom. Lindstrom gave up a hit, but then got a fielder’s choice (which scored a run), a groundout and a strikeout to end the threat.

Hawk proclaimed during today’s broadcast, “I just want to get the this year out of the way and get the you-know-what out of here!” But Hawk and Stone also talked about the potential of some of the young Sox players next season. I agree – let’s get out of here, forget this season existed, and look forward to 2014.

The White Sox head home to play one game against the Toronto Blue Jays – a team that was expected to do big things this year, but now (like the Sox) are just playing out the season. This game is a makeup of the June 12 postponed game. Jose Quintana (8-6, 3.29 ERA) faces J.A. Happ (4-6, 4.82 ERA), at 7:10 on CSN+.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
Two thumbs up for the win. Can we get the you-know-what out of here yet?

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