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Game 2 -- A Nifty Nightcap

May 9th vs. the Cincinnati Reds

Sox Project Update:
Repairs and Reinforcement
After the project's setbacks in the afternoon, construction moved briskly in the evening.

Short Take:The Sox came back for the second game looking like a big-league team, beating the Reds 8-2.

The first game of today's doubleheader, a rescheduled game from Friday's rainout, was a turgid affair that I wrote in dark hues and cynical strokes. It was not a pretty sight.

Then they played the second game and I say to the TV, "Who are you and what have you done with the White Sox?" Our heroes, who induced emotional whiplash on this humble scribe, beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 behind the impressive starting debut of Carlos Rodon.

This is the team that was sold to us over the winter, the playoff-contenders with the winning attitude. The sharp pitching, the consistent hitting; it was all there. Maybe in the clubhouse between games they located the operating manual. Maybe it was one more cup of coffee or can of Red Bull. Whatever it was, they need to do it or consume it more often.

The story here was Rodon. Limited to six innings since this was his first start, he nonetheless struck out eight while giving up only two runs. He walked four, which is a concern, but the rest of his work gives us a good vibe. He's a keeper.

The Sox scored first on Alexei Ramirez's two-run homer in the second inning, his second of the year and second of the day; he hit career number 100 in the first game. The Reds tied it in the third in Rodon's one shaky inning, but the Sox took the lead back in their half of the third when Gordon Beckham singled home Ramirez.

Two more big ones in the sixth for our reawakened team on solo homers by Avi Garcia and Beckham, whose hot bat has been a lovely surprise. That made it 5-2 for the Sox, who looked to be cruisin'.

And cruise they did in the seventh. Adam Eaton's leadoff walk and move to second on a balk allowed Melky Cabrera to score him on a single. Jose Abreu then singled, Adam LaRoche singled in another run, Garcia was safe at first on a fielder's choice, Ramirez singled, and that was it for reliever Pedro Villarreal. Beckham hit a sac fly to score LaRoche, and before you knew it the score was 8-2.

David Robertson pitched the ninth: boom, boom, boom, and two strikeouts and a groundout later the game was over. Man, I love watching Robertson pitch. He's a craftsman, something we haven't seen around here in a long, long time.

The Chinese long ago developed the concept of yin and yang, the complementary and contradictory forces that drive natural processes. It's duality that makes the world go 'round according to this philosophy. You can't have shadows without light or valleys without peaks. And apparently on this Saturday in May we can't have a team of mopes in the afternoon without a team of sharpshooters in the evening.

Ah, it's easy to be philosophical after a win.


Rebuilding Recap:
 After dropping a load of bricks in the afternoon, the crew came back in the evening to construct a handsome edifice.

submitted by tebman.

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