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Score Early, Score Often

April 8, at Colorado

Daily Sox Crop Report:
The Kids Can Play!
Oops, sorry, wrong theme! But young guys make plays all over the place tonight

Short Take:Abreu, Avisail's 2 HR each highlight offensive explosion in 15-3 rout of Rockies

After Monday’s frustrating 8-1 loss in Denver surely unearthed a few repressed memories of the miserable 2013 season, the Sox’s new and improved core provided immediate relief and, hopefully a hint of future success to come. While Jose Abreu’s first two home runs of his Major League career and Avisail Garcia’s first two homers of the 2014 season will surely, and deservedly, stand out on a Nintendo-esque box score, every Sox player had a hand in Tuesday’s 15-3 pummeling of the Rockies.

The Sox got on the board early, starting in the 2nd inning with a pair of home runs by Garcia and a 2-run bomb by Tyler Flowers, who continues his torrid start at the plate, to give Jose Quintana a 3-0 lead. In the 3rd, Dayan Viciedo, added to the lead with a sac fly to score Adam Eaton, but from there, the game’s focus shifted to Quintana. Though the final would eventually resemble a football game, for much of the night, Tuesday’s outcome was not certain. Michael Cuddyer’s 4th inning solo home run and Troy Tulowitzki’s RBI double in the 6th brought Colorado within 2, a deficit very easily overcome in the thin Rocky Mountain air.

Quintana, however, was too good. In a night dominated by offense, his start was every bit as impressive. Allowing 2 runs on 5 hits in 7 innings is a good night anywhere, in Denver, it’s more than enough.

After Tulo’s double in the 6th, the Rockies looked poised to make a real run at this one, with only 1 out, the tying run at the plate, and the heart of Colorado’s order due up, Quintana retired both Michael Cuddyer and Wilton Rosario on the infield and from there, things just got silly.

Abreu’s first home run blew the game wide open, a three-run blast in the 7th that culminated an epic, 12-pitch at bat in which he fouled off several pitches before turning on a breaking ball on the inner half that just cleared the left field wall to put the Sox ahead 7-2. In the 8t, Garcia and Alexei Ramirez went back-to-back before Abreu punished his 2nd homer of the night to right field. A little more here and there and you’ll find all 18 runs scored.

All in all, it was a night that hopefully was a preview of things to come. Adam Eaton and Marcus Semien went 2-4 and 4-5 respectively at the top of the order, and while Abreu and Garcia stood out with their nights, the bats behind them were all hitting well.

The Sox and Rockies will play the rubber game of the series and finale of the Sox’s opening road trip Wednesday afternoon. Erik Johnson will get his 2nd start of the young season, and what better place is there to try and shake off the cobwebs of an earlier poor outing than the hitter’s paradise in the Mile High City? Welcome to the Majors, kid. Colorado will counter with Juan Nicasio who won his first start of the year last week over Arizona. Game time is 2:10 PM in Chicago and the game will be televised on Comcast Sports Net.

The Futures Market:
Buying tonight; Abreu, Garcia, Quintana, Eaton, Semien all look good in the win. Heck, even Dayan Viciedo and Tyler Flowers looking like MLB players right now. WHAT IS THIS MADNESS???

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Avisail Garcia

Broke out of his early season slump in a big way, 4-5 with a pair of HR, the 1st of which opened the scoring and set the tone for tonight's laugher

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