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They Said It Couldn't Be Done

April 11 vs. the Minnesota Twins

Sox Project Update:
Progress On The Foundation
The concrete has finally been poured for the foundation. Just don't forget the rebar.

Short Take:The Sox finally get the first win of the season, beating the Twins 5-4 on the South Side.

Washington Irving long ago wrote the story of a popular man who enjoyed a day in the woods. After meeting a group of men who offered him a magical beverage, he fell into a deep sleep. He woke up to find that the world had passed him by -- the places he knew had changed, the people he knew had gone away, and his tools were rusty and useless. Learning that he'd been asleep for twenty years, he despaired until his now-grown daughter recognized him and took him in to live out his days. Rip Van Winkle could not recover his vigor or make up the time he had lost.

In losing the first four games of the 2015 season, the White Sox appeared to have fallen into a torpor rivaling Rip's. They didn't seem to recall any plays or pitches, the world appeared to have passed them by, and they were unrecognized by those of us who missed them while they were gone.

But hark! Art does not always imitate life, and what had been the ghost of the White Sox came back to life as they beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 on a bright Saturday afternoon in Chicago. This first win of the season was a real game, the kind we've been looking for since the year began. Let's rub our eyes in grateful disbelief as we break it down.

Jeff Samardzija made his second start of the season trying to atone for his less-than stellar first game in Kansas City. It didn't look good when Danny Santana led off the first with a single. We sighed deeply, muttering "here we go" as we rolled our eyes. But no harm done as he got out of the inning with no runs.

The second inning returned us to the comfortable pessimism we've come to embrace. A leadoff double by Trevor Plouffe, followed one out later by a triple and a single gave the Twinkies a 2-0 lead. A later single and another double gave the rude ice fishermen a 4-0 lead. A pall was cast over the ballpark when the inning ended. Shark's hair was looking a lot better than his ERA.

But like a persistent wildflower poking through cracked ashphalt, the White Sox actually came back in the bottom of the second to score two runs. Adam LaRoche led off with a solo homer, which is a nice icebreaker at any party. Avi Garcia followed that with a ground-rule double, and moved to third on Alexei Ramirez's groundout to the right side. Conor Gillaspie then did what he did so often last year, singling home Garcia for the second run. Geovany Soto singled to put two runners on base, but Micah Johnson's strikeout and Adam Eaton's groundout ended the inning. 4-2 for the Northwoodsmen, and the Sox weren't done yet.

In the third, Melky Cabrera singled and Jose Abreu was hit by a pitch to quickly put two runners on. LaRoche walked to load the bases with no outs. Avi Garcia hit a cue shot off the pitcher's foot for an infield single and an RBI. Unfortunately one run was all they could muster in that inning. But stay tuned.

In the bottom of the fourth, Soto led off with a homer to tie the game 4-4. Handshakes all around! There was a new vibe in the ballyard, the feeling that they might pull this off. Samarzija pitched through seven, holding off the Ya-Hey-Dere bunch after they'd broken some furniture in the second inning. Zach Duke pitched the eighth, walking one but yielding no runs.

If we were parched travelers dragging across a barren MLB landscape, the bottom of the eighth gave us something to slake our thirst. With two outs, Alexei Ramirez singled. Gillaspie followed with a double to put runners at second and third. J. B. Shuck pinch-hit for Geovany Soto, and what a pinch it was, as he singled home Ramirez and Gillaspie, though Gillaspie was called out at home on a throw from left field. Robin Ventura discussed the out call with plate umpire John Hirschbeck, though not vigorously enough for my taste. Hirschbeck had an elastic strike zone all day and was in need of an optometrist's help.

As the clouds broke and the birds sang, the ninth inning dawned with dapper closer David Robertson ascending the mound to make short work of the Minnesota interlopers. With a craftsman's precision he dispatched all three batters who dared to darken the batter's box. Boom, boom, boom -- three strikeouts later the game was over and so was our gloom. These guys can play ball after all.

Rip Van Winkle was asleep for 20 years. We should be grateful the Sox didn't go that long.

Rebuilding Recap:
Good to see progress but this project has already had too many construction delays.

submitted by tebman.

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