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Oakland -- A Nice Place To Visit

May 16 vs. the Oakland Athletics


Sox Project Update:
Solid Workmanship
The project is picking up its pace nicely. The crew is in sync and the structure is taking shape.

Short Take:The Sox won their fourth in a row and did it in Oakland. Yes, Oakland, as they beat the Athletics 4-3 behind a strong start from John Danks.

It's good to see John Danks pitching. That's his day job, of course, but since his injury a couple years ago it's seemed as if he's been throwing, not pitching. That's a clumsy observation from a rube in the grandstands, but that's what being a fan is all about. Danks went seven innings as the White Sox beat the Athletics 4-3 in dreary Oakland.

Oakland has been where the White Sox victory train has run off the tracks for too many years. But tonight they won their fourth in a row in a season that has had too few winning streaks of any magnitude.

I'm excited about Danks' performance. In seven innings of work he gave up two runs on three hits with six strikeouts, and looked good doing it. The low point was the two-run homer he gave up to Billy Butler in the bottom of the first, but that was not enough to throw him off course. If he can keep this up, the promise of a dominant pitching staff might be realized, and who knows? Meaningful games in October? Subsequent nail-biting as we watch the playoffs? And dare we say the words that rhyme with curled theories? As Yaz's good friend the TWTW oracle has so often reminded us, it's still early.

Crystal balls are hazy, so let's talk about tonight's game. This is a big deal because the Sox are winning and they're doing it in Oakland, the Moneyball wonderland that has been a tar pit for the Bridgeport Boys. Besides Danks' strong start, there were confirmed sightings of timely hitting, a feature for which the Sox are not noteworthy.

In the second, back-to-back singles by Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera, followed by a walk to Adam LaRoche, loaded the several bases for recent batmaster Avi Garcia. His single scored Eaton and Cabrera to tie the game, 2-2.

In the seventh with two outs, Eaton bunted his way to first and made it to third on a throwing error. Cabrera singled him home, and Jose Abreu doubled to send Cabrera gamboling across the pentagonal slab to make it 4-2. Knowing this team as we now do, we watched with some confidence that their lead would hold up.

A minor scare in the eighth, as the A's scored a run that began with a couple of singles off reliever Zach Duke. After Josh Reddick hit into a run-scoring double play to make it 4-3, Jake Petricka came in, only to give up a single to Butler. Dan Jennings was then marched to the mound, where he gave up a single to Stephen Vogt. This called for heavy artillery, and David Robertson trotted in to put a stop to the foolishness.

Robertson stuck around for the ninth and did what he does so well. Three outs later the game was over and traces of a smile began to spread across our hardboiled South Side mugs. Four in a row? I like it.

Sale, Samardzija, Quintana, Rodon, and Danks. Say that as you tap your foot and there's a nice cadence to it. If we're still finger-poppin' their names in October, we'll have a whole orchestra behind them.

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