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Sox Offense Awakens Like A Grumpy Bear

April 20 at Texas

Daily Sox Crop Report: After a week of coolness, warmer weather brings signs of new growth

Short Take: Erik Johnson is still looking for the plate, but White Sox bats and bullpen pick up the slack and pummel Texas 16-2

Here in Chicago on a balmy spring day that was easily as warm as it was in Arlington, Texas, Sox fans gathered 'round the TV in hopes that the Texas Rangers fans who brought their brooms to the park would not have a chance to use them for anything other than dirt on the floor.

We got our wish, as the slumbering Sox offense roused from its sleep, yawned and stretched, and got down to business today. In what might be deemed payback for the Rangers' trouncing of the Sox in Friday's 12-0 game, today the White Sox pounded the Rangers into submission, 16-2.

Most of the White Sox lineup contributed to the run scoring, starting with 5 runs off of Texas starter Robbie Ross in the first part of the game. Jordan Danks hit a 2-run homer in the 3rd to start it off, and in the 5th, Jose Abreu broke out of his slump with a 3-run home run.

Leading off in place of the injured Adam Eaton, Marcus Semien went 4/6. In the 6th, he hit his first career triple off the fence that just missed being a grand slam by a few feet – and cleared the bases for 3 of his 4 RBIs today.

Dayan Viciedo hit his first homer of the year in the 7th, a solo shot to right field. He was also 3/5 today with a double.

Already leading 9-2 in the top of the 9th, the Sox didn't stop there, boys! They piled on 7 more runs by spraying hits off reliever Hector Noesi all over the field, with nary a home run in sight. Abreu doubled twice in that inning alone.

All that is fun stuff - but if you didn't watch this game, you might look at Sox starter Erik Johnson's 5 innings of 1-hit ball and think, "hey, not a bad start." But don't get all excited, folks; the Sox really won this game in spite of Johnson. Our hapless starter walked the leadoff runner every inning for the first 4 innings, and threw 87 pitches, of which only 44 were strikes. Many of those non-strikes weren't even close to the plate, including two wild pitches--one of which didn't count as a wild pitch because he and Tyler Flowers made an inning-ending out at the plate.

In the only entertaining walk of the day, an unintentional-turned-intentional pass to Prince Fielder saw Johnson flipping ball 4 like an eephus pitch that just missed the top of the strike zone.

With solid defense behind him, somehow Johnson got through his 5 innings relatively unscathed. And today the bullpen – Ronald Belisario, Andre Rienzo, and Matt Lindstrom – shucked the "bad bullpen" label and did their jobs. Heck, today's awakened Sox offense might even have overcome another Felipe Paulino start….not that we'd ever want to see that happen.

The White Sox head to Detroit for a 4 game series starting Monday, April 21. John Danks (1-0, 3.32 ERA) will face Anibel Sanchez (0-1, 3.21 ERA); game time is 6:08 CT on WCIU.

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 Buying, and I'll even pitch in for Pedro Cerrano's hats for bats, just to keep Sox offense warm for Detroit!

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