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Home Sweet Home: Sox Win!

May 5 vs. Detroit Tigers

Sox Project Update:
Can we start over?
This rebuilding project is very far behind schedule, but you gotta start catching up somewhere, right?

Short Take:  Shark chomps on Tigers and Sox win 5-2...and this five-game losing streak is OVAH!

It took every bit of courage that I had to sit down and watch this game. After an abysmal April by my beloved White Sox, my eyes were bleeding, and I could hardly stand the idea of watching more errors and GIDPs and batting slumps and underperforming starting pitching and overall Little League-level play by our team.

I thought the trip to Minnesota last week would be good for the White Sox, because the Twins aren't on anyone's playoff contender list this season. So… getting swept out of Minnesota, and it wasn't even close? Priceless, but in a very bad way.

So the Sox dragged their butts back home to Chicago to face the division-leading rivals, the Detroit Tigers, in the first of a three-game set.

After 4 of Jeff Samardzija's pitches tonight, Detroit was leading 1-0, and I had already contemplated which nearby ledge was best for jumping off. Instead, I settled for throwing pillows at the TV. Anthony Gose singled on the 1st pitch, stole 2nd on the 2nd pitch, and catcher Geovanny Soto's throw went into the outfield, allowing Gose to take 3rd. Ian Kinsler singled and, boom - Detroit led 1-0.

Fortunately, Shark got Miguel Cabrera to ground into a double play, and then got Victor Martinez to fly out to end the inning.

In the bottom of first inning, Sox offense -- which has mostly been MIA -- showed up...holy churros! Adam Eaton doubled down the right field line, Melky Cabrera worked a walk, and Jose Abreu followed with a single up the middle for an RBI. Our boys in their '83 throwbacks had evened up a score that had already looked overwhelming, based on the last week of White Sox baseball.

But Detroit came back the very next inning when Alex Avila hit a long one that found its way over the left field fence, courtesy of Melky. He had the ball in his glove and nearly brought back the home run, but once his arm hit the wall, there went the ball...into the Sox bullpen. Ouch. Detroit led 2-1.

The next inning started out promising for our Sox. Conor Gillaspie led off with a single, but a strike 'em out, throw 'em out quickly found the Sox with 2 out and no one on. Can I say how jealous I am of teams with catchers that can make good throws to 2nd? What is that like?

Not to worry, though. Tigers starter Shane Greene had all sorts of control problems that blossomed into a Sox offensive opportunity in the 3rd inning. Micah Johnson singled and advanced to 2nd on a fielder's choice. Melky took his second walk of the game. Then Green walked Abreu and LaRoche in succession to plate the tying run. Yes, it's not nearly as exciting as hits, but hey – we'll take what we can get! Avisail Garcia then hit a broken bat fielder's choice, but busted butt and beat out the attempted double play, thus scoring another run. And it was a good thing he did, because Gillaspie then smoked one into right center gap that went to the wall for a triple, and the Sox widened the lead to 5-2.

Greene was lifted for Alex Wilson, who got Alexei Ramirez to strike out looking and end the offensive juggernaut. Wilson pitched the next 3.1 innings and limited the Sox to 1 hit and a walk.

After that shaky 1st inning, Samardzija showed signs of being the pitcher we thought he was. The Tigers threatened with 2 runners on in the top of the 5th, and he coolly dispatched Miguel Cabrera on a swinging strikeout.

Then in the 7th, Shark convinced Robin Ventura that he should stay in the game, despite two runners on and 1 out and being near 100 pitches. When Robin left the mound without making a change, I cringed and grumbled under my breath. But then Samardzija struck out Gose, and followed it up by knocking down a Kinsler liner with his pitching hand or arm. But he chased down the ball and threw to 1st for the last out. Chicago tough!

And finally, the Sox's bullpen has been (mostly) a real bright spot this season, and they did not disappoint tonight. Zach Duke shut the Tigers down in the 8th, and Dave Robertson…well, I love watching that guy close. He pitched over an error by Micah Johnson and the Sox finally broke their 5-game losing streak, beating the Tigers with a final score of 5-2.

So, everybody relax. Breathe in, breathe out. Feel the tension leave your body. At least for one night, we can pretend that the last week was a bad dream, and pretend that 148-14 is a real possibility.

The Sox face the Tigers at 7:10 pm tomorrow at the Cell; game is on CSN+. Chris Sale (2-1, 5.32 ERA) faces Alfredo Simon (4-1, 3.13 ERA). Let's make it 2 in a row!

Rebuilding Recap:
 Converting boarded-up homes into something really nice takes time. Let's take it one board at a time.

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