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Like One Win? Here, Have Two

September 13th vs. the Minnesota Twins

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Rich Harvest
Two shifts of harvest were pulled today, with bushels full of sweet-tasting wins.

Short Take:With blue-moon or total-eclipse rarity, the Sox beat the Twins twice on Saturday, 5-1 and 7-6.

Great Googly-Moogly! The White Sox won two games today! And on a Saturday! In statistics, they'd call it an outlier. In philosophy, they'd call it a black-swan event. I just sit here with my mouth agape wondering how this happened. I had begun drafting another in my series of melancholy tracts on the Sox' inability to win on a Saturday, when Dayan Viciedo, of all people, whacked a walk-off homer to win the game. This is new territory for me.

Disorientation or not, plug on we must. I'm stretching muscles I haven't used in a long time to discuss two wins on a Saturday. The Sox beat the Minniemousie Twins in the first game 5-1 behind the 13-strikeout performance of Jose Quintana, who actually got the win after carrying the dubious distinction of being the league leader in no-decisions. And the South Side shape shifters won the second game against the Twinkies, 7-6, with the dramatic Viciedo walkoff described above.

Is Quintana the most underappreciated pitcher in baseball, or what? He and Chris Sale are strikeout machines, though Sale somehow wins games that Quintana cannot. This afternoon Quintana got run support that he usually doesn't get, though some of it was in the form of gifts provided by the Twinkster pitchers, like the hit-by-pitch to Tyler Flowers with the bases loaded in the eighth. But pretty or not, every run counts, and Quintana was grateful. 5-1 was the final score of that makeup game.

Then the warriors returned to the field for the second skirmish. Scott Carroll started for our heroes and promptly gave up four runs in the first. Hoo-boy, we sighed, here we go again. But the Sox came back with three runs in the bottom of the first on the strength of a three-run homer by Avisail Garcia. 4-3 in the first, and things didn't look so bleak.

Things looked even less bleak in the fifth when Jose Abreu hit his 34th homer, collecting his 100th RBI and tying the game 4-4. But the comfort didn't last long, as Trevor Plouffe homered in the sixth to make it 5-4.

The seventh inning was the point at which the plot made a critical turn. After Abreu singled, Viciedo was hit in the chest by a pitch from Jarod Burton, moving Abreu to second. Conor Gillaspie pinch-hit for Moises Sierra and singled home Abreu to tie the game again, 5-5. It then looked as if it might become an uneasy extra-inning standoff until the Twin City Siblings scored another run in the ninth.

Enter the bottom of the ninth. Abreu drew a leadoff walk. Jordan Danks went in to pinch-run. Avisail Garcia reached on a fielder's choice, and Viciedo came back to bat. On a 3-2 fastball, Viciedo launched a missle into the left-center seats and tossed his bat derisively, maintaining a grim countenance until he gleefully jumped on the plate among his dancing teammates. I'd wager that the smarting pain from the seventh-inning HBP provoked an adrenaline rush and a tighter focus that resulted in that big finish. A good story needs a good plotline, and I think we found it in the seventh inning.

If Viciedo keeps this up he might still be here next year. Suits me...if all it takes is a pitch in the chest to show him the value of focusing and adjusting his swing, I'm good with that.

I'm giddy as I bang away at my keyboard. The Sox are going nowhere this year, but they've won four in a row and hey, they won two today, and I haven't been able to say that all year. Howlin' Wolf was the one who originally said Great Googly-Moogly, and I can't think of a better way to say it.

The Futures Market:
After a day like today, I'm buying what they're selling.

submitted by tebman.

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Game 1: Alexei Ramirez
Game 2: Dayan Viciedo

Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a big homer in the first game, and Viciedo got the Hollywood walk-off homer in the nightcap. All right, all right, I'll put away the plane ticket I got for Viciedo.

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