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One Saturday Win, Three Saturday Injuries

July 12th vs. the Cleveland Indians

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Broken Stalks
Enough yield in the harvest for a winner, despite damage to the crop.

Short Take:The Sox pull off a rare Saturday win, 6-2, against the Toons, but at the cost of injuries to Ramirez, Carroll, and Eaton.

A Saturday win for the White Sox is a rare thing, a prize to be savored after months of weekend futility this year. But, one might ask, at what cost? In defeating the Cleveland Indians 6-2, the Sox saw starter Scott Carroll go down with back stiffness, All-Star Alexei Ramirez go down with another case of back stiffness, and Adam Eaton go down before the game with heel, hamstring, and neck problems. Halfway through the season and it seems the infirm outnumber the firm.

Though the battlefield may be strewn with the wounded, the victory was complete. Unlike so many others this season, this was a case in which the Sox had the lead and didn't let it go. Scott Carroll, who had seemed destined to be a career minor-leaguer, got the win as he looked sharp against the Wahoos. He pitched five innings and only gave up two hits and zero runs before he came out with the injury.

That early lead was assembled by Jose Abreu, who hit his 29th (!) home run in the fourth. A two-run, opposite-field issue that bumped his RBI number to 73 (!). We're at the halfway point of the season and Abreu missed some time with an injury; it's not tough to do the math for his season if we assume he maintains his steady pace. I'd say he's a keeper.

Another run was earned in the sixth when Adam Dunn singled-in Alejandro De Aza to make it 3-0 at that point. But is a three-run lead enough for this year's bullpen?

A parade of Sox relievers came in to handle the balance of the game. After Zach Putnam loaded the bases with three singles in the seventh, Javy Guerra walked Jason Kipnis to give him a cheap RBI, giving Lake Erie Beach Bums their first run. Eric Surkamp was victimized by a leadoff homer from Michael Brantley in the eighth, but kept the rest of the inning under control with the score 3-2 for our heroes.

The startling news, besides the fact that they won on a Saturday, was that the White Sox scored three insurance runs in the ninth. Dayan Viciedo singled, Conor Gillaspie doubled, and Gordon Beckham snapped his too-long slump to score them both on another double. Beckham later scored on a sac fly by Leury Garcia. Nothing fancy, just a series of productive hits, the way it's supposed to work. Now it's 6-2 in the ninth for the South Side Swingers and the Clevelanders had their backs against the wall.

Jake Petricka apparently won the bullpen rock-paper-scissors contest and was anointed today's closer. He did a fine job, putting the opponents down in 1-2-3 order. We can only hope Ronald Belasario was taking notes.

Today's win was especially sweet after watching the Sox go 1-for-13 for Saturday up to this weekend. Maybe they'll get a new calendar after the All-Star break that doesn't have a death mask on every sixth day. It's worth a shot.

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