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May 22 Vs. Twinkies

Sox Project Update:
Appear to be adding a roller coaster
Made a BBQ Pit out of the hole they dug this week.

Short Take:   After a shaky start Jeff Samardzija goes off on the Twinkies as the Sox battle back and win late.

It was an ugly week and this game didn't start off any better. Jeff "Shark" Samardzija started off poorly and the hated Minnesota Twins jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead. With a long weekend coming that sound you heard was thousands of Sox fan TV sets being turned off simultaneously. And honestly, who could blame them? The Sox have been so up and down and were coming off three very frustrating losses to the cellar dwelling Toons. Now our boyz were already losing again to the very team that climbed out of the cellar a few weeks ago by walking all over them in a 4-game sweep up north. "Here we go again..." many of us thought as we prepared to find other things to do. But a funny thing happened on the way to the inevitable loss. After giving up a lead-off single and a sacrifice bunt in the second Shark settled down and found his mojo. After that the Twinkies might have just as well been a package of cream filled sponge cake being torn apart by a great white. Oh and the Sox went on to win 3-2.

So yeah, the first inning happened. Yes, baseballs were flying around and yes Mauer stole third and yes the Sox were quickly down 2-0. Then the Twinkies led off the second with a single and sacrificed the runner to second. A light bulb seemed to click in Shark's head at that point. "Oh you want to give me outs?" He seemed to think. "Okay, let's see how many I can take." And take he did. The next Twinkie to reach base was with two outs in the 7th and he was the last as the next batter was promptly retired. Shark came back out for the 8th too, and down the Twinkies went, 1-2-3 with the final two on K's. In fact of the 9 strikeouts Shark recorded 8 of them were from the 5th inning on. It was an impressive performance, worthy of his Ace designation, worthy of his contract and worthy of the title stopper, something the Sox so desperately needed.

Meanwhile on offense the Sox started slowly - stranding runners in the first and second inning and going in order in the third. Then in the 4th after Laroche walked and a couple of fly-ball outs JB Shuck beat out an infield single to put men at first and third. Geovany Soto promptly went in the hole 0-2 before ripping a pitch down the third base line which easily scored Laroche. Here's where things get interesting. As the ball approached the stands one fan kind of waved at it but never made an effort to grab it and every other fan was glued to their seat. The ball bounced, untouched, off the wall and the left-fielder was forced to field it and throw the ball in. Shuck never even hesitated, rounding third with a full head of steam he came flying hands first into home diving past the swipe tag and tying the game at two. Soto even made it into third on the throw home. Unfortunately he would be stranded there but at least the game was tied. The Sox didn't do much for the next 3 innings themselves, putting a few guys on base but not managing to break the deadlock.

Then came the bottom of the 8th and, unlike the Sox, the Twinkies pulled their starter even though he was only at 89 pitches. After Laroche grounded out Beckham got a 4-pitch walk and Ramirez slapped a grounder into right to put men at first and third. Up to the plate strode the "mighty" JB Shuck once again. Shuck immediately lofted a fly-ball into medium deep center and Beckham scored easily. After that it was David Robertson time and as usual, Big Dave did not disappoint blowing through the meat of the Twinkie lineup like so much whipped cream. His final pitch a nasty breaking ball that ended up 2-inches off the ground as Trevor Plouffe swung hopelessly over it.

So the long holiday weekend starts not with a whimper but a SHARKNADO! Our beloved boyz have beaten the dreaded Twinkies and exacted at least a small amount of revenge for the beating we took a few weeks ago that spawned so much angst in Sox fandom. Onward we go into the night not saying, "Nay!? (or Ne). We ate the cream filled goodness and there was much rejoicing. Hopefully we can do it again tomorrow as Chris Sale takes the mound in game two of this three-game set. Game time is 2 PM in Chicago.

Someone cue JB98...

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 After a slow week with multiple setbacks, the project got back on track tonight.

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