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Batter Up! And up! And up!

April 18 vs. the Detroit Tigers

Sox Project Update:
Strong support beams and handsome finishing work.
This is what the new construction is supposed to look like.

Short Take:The Sox danced all over the Tigers 12-3 in a 17-hit assault behind Chris Sale.

Everybody dance now! It's finger-poppin' time! Trot out all the party tune titles you can think of, because the White Sox bats are back.

After being comatose the past week the White Sox beat the division-leading Tigers 12-3 on a sunny afternoon in Detroit. Chris Sale started the game, which is always a good thing, but frankly he wasn't necessary. After the fourth inning it was 11-2 and the Tigers seemed resigned to their fate. It was fun to watch.

Sale was challenged in the first inning. Rajai Davis led off with a double, and scored one out later on a single by Miguel Cabrera. Bad omens all, and our already-reduced expectations began to fall further. Only one run scored but it took Sale 28 pitches to get out of the first.

The sea was calmer the next couple of innings until the Sox came up in the third. Adam Eaton walked and stole second, his first of the year. Melky Cabrera doubled Eaton home to tie the game 1-1. Jose Abreu singled and Adam LaRoche did what he was hired to do: a three-run bomb to right field to put the fine fellows up 4-1. Ahh, it felt good to have a lead.

But the dance floor really began jumpin' in the Sox' fourth. Back-to-back doubles from Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers started the inning, followed by a walk to Micah Johnson to load the bases. Adam Eaton was hit on the hand by a two-strike pitch but was called out on the claim that it had hit the bat and went into the catcher's glove for a foul-tip strikeout. Robin Ventura challenged that one. The myopics in New York agreed and Eaton was called out (I have to wonder why Ventura challenged that when he didn't see fit to challenge the second-base tag the previous night, but I digress -- grumble).

But the show must go on, and go on it did. Cabrera singled home Ramirez on his second hit of the day, making it 5-1 Sox and loading the bases for Jose Abreu. Ah, what happened next deserves its own paragraph...

Abreu worked five pitches into a 2-2 count, and hit the sixth pitch, a well-placed slider, into the left-field seats for a grand slam. After all four of our homies rounded the bases the score was 9-1 for the Sox. Hey, it's great to be in Detroit! How often do we get to say that?

But they weren't done, though Tiger starter Anibal Sanchez was. A tough day for the right-hander as he was taken out after nine earned runs in only 3-1/3 innings. The Sox kept a-comin', as LaRoche and Avisail Garcia hit back-to-back singles and moved up on a wild pitch, setting up Conor Gillaspie to single in another run. Ramirez came up for the second time in the inning and hit a sacrifice fly to score yet one more. When the smoke cleared, the Sox had scored seven runs and led the Kitties 11-1.

Oh, the hapless Motowners tried to come back, taking advantage of Chris Sale's long rest during the fourth inning. J.D. Martinez led off with a solo homer to make it 11-2, but it was too little and probably too late. The Sox matched that in the fifth when Johnson scored on a double by LaRoche to make it 12-2.

Pretty quiet the rest of the game as the Tigers opened the bullpen to give everybody some work. They did squeeze one more run in the eighth off Sox reliever Kyle Drabek. At 12-3 I suppose it gave them a bit of dignity but it wasn't what you'd call a rally.

Though Adam Eaton's slow start is something of a concern, we can't help but be encouraged by today's hot show. This is the kind of stuff we expected since before the season started: Cabrera 4-for-5, Abreu 3-for-6 with a grand slam, LaRoche 3-for-5 with a three-run shot, all part of a 17-hit assault against the division leaders.

Nice work, gentlemen. Let's take the series tomorrow and then teach Cleveland how to dance next week.

Rebuilding Recap:
Great progress on the construction site. Structural members are going in nicely.

submitted by tebman.

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