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What's That? The Sox Won? You Don't Say!

June 20 vs. the Texas Rangers

Sox Project Update:
Tighter Plumbing, Fewer Leaks
The rebuilding work got back on track today with tidy work to limit gaps on the site.

Short Take:The White Sox snapped their embarrassing 8-game losing streak by beating the Rangers 3-2 in Chicago.

The Sox won 3-2 against the Rangers today! I want to make that remarkable statement and get it out of the way.

Coming up for air after riding through their dismal eight-game losing streak, I'm reminded of something that Roger Angell, the superb baseball writer of the New Yorker, once wrote: "Chicago White Sox fans, toiling along in the darkness like Welsh pit ponies, draw our attention only when they occasionally emerge, blinking, from the depths. They are proud and unbending... Sox fans never expect the best."

Those lines come from a piece he wrote about the 1990 season. The Sox had a great year, coming back from seventh place in 1989 to finish with 94 wins. Angell wrote about the team's success, but most of the article touched on the personality of the franchise, the "proud and unbending" quality of its generations-long fans. "When a team has been around for this long," he wrote, "...its supporters can always be solaced during a slump by the thought that they have known worse times than this."

So true. I thought about that as I attended today's game with my expectations somewhere between lower and lowest. Look at all we've survived: the cadaverous late 1960s, the dark mid-80s when the team looked bad (while at the same time packing bags for Florida), the Bevington years, and Ronald Belisario, just to name a few. Going decades deeper, the team survived 51-1/2 games out of first in 1931 and 56-1/2 games out in 1932. I won't even discuss 1919.

So it can always be worse. And it can always be better, which it was today. Carlos Rodon, one of Rick Hahn's shiny new baubles, started today's game and kept the Texans in check with only two runs on four hits. Rodon throws too many pitches for my taste (three walks, five strikeouts), but he gets the job done. The two Zachs, Putnam and Duke, along with David Robertson, made short work of the last three innings, almost as if they had been given a script.

The Sox scored their runs in a rather sputtering way, but they count just the same. In the third, three successive singles by Adam Eaton, Avi Garcia, and Jose Abreu all came around to score after a sac fly by Adam LaRoche and a fielding error by Ranger shortstop Elvis Andrus, to give the Sox the three runs they used to win the game. Texas starter Nick Martinez did a Nuke LaLoosh imitation, hitting batters three times and giving up three walks. Not a good day for the right-hander.

It was fortunate that Rodon and his bullpen colleagues held the Rangers to two runs. Sox hitters left the bases loaded three times. Opportunity kept knocking, but the Sox couldn't get the door open.

But like I said, it could've been worse. They won the game, which is something we haven't said often enough this year. Eight losses down, one win up, and a new streak was started today. I remain proud and unbending.

Rebuilding Recap:
After the collapse of several walls, progress was made today on getting the project moving again.

submitted by tebman.

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