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Runs! And More Runs!

June 23 at Minnesota

Sox Project Update:
Alert workers
Give them more coffee or whatever is keeping them focused and you'll see days like this often.

Short Take:   The White Sox bats finally wake up for a much-needed win in Minnesota.

TWIN CITIES -- Just 24 hours before Tuesday's contest with the Minnesota Twins, I had the displeasure of being at Target Field to watch the White Sox leave more runners on base than even Adam Dunn ever could. As I returned to Minneapolis on Tuesday, I expected to feel lonely among the Twins fans once again. Instead, the Sox had a nice surprise for the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The hitters broke out of their long slump and made me happy to see a 6-2 road win.

The first inning had a feeling way too familiar. The Sox left the bases loaded in the top and in the bottom half, Eddie Rosario took Jeff Samardzija deep for a solo shot. That same old feeling of dread came over me. Wasn't Monday's crapfest enough?

Some more hijinks occurred in the fourth, just after Samardzija struck out the side to end the third. Conor Gillaspie hit a ground-rule double and despite Geovany Soto driving him in, he himself was thrown out trying to stretch a single into his own double. The Twins reclaimed the lead when Kurt Suzuki scored Torii Hunter on a double, but a great relay got Eduardo Nunez at the plate to keep the deficit at one.

After striking out in his first two at-bats, Melky Cabrera got to Mike Pelfrey in the sixth with a leadoff double. He scored two outs later on Soto's single. With two outs in the seventh, Jose Abreu singled and Adam LaRoche walked, setting up Cabrera's RBI single. Pelfrey's night was finished.

In the bottom of the seventh, future Sox killer Byron Buxton singled with one out, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate. Samardzija appeared on the cusp of ruining his own great outing. Instead, he struck out Brian Dozier and Soto threw out Buxton trying to swipe second. Shark's seven-inning, seven-strikeout performance was complete.

Insurance came for the Sox both conventionally and otherwise. Carlos Sanchez and Adam Eaton staged a two-out rally in the eighth by adding a run with back-to-back doubles. The ninth began with Abreu singling and LaRoche doubling. On that double, Hunter tried to throw the ball back in from rightfield, but was just slightly off target as it ended up in medium center, allowing Abreu to score and LaRoche to reach third. Gordon Beckham, inserted for Gillaspie in the seventh, rounded out the scoring with an RBI double.

Once the final out was made, I heard a fellow Sox fan shout "They finally won a game here!" Indeed, the team's first win in Minnesota this year is cause to be happy, at least for now. Still, we won't truly be sold on this team again until they put together a long stretch filled with consistent offense, solid pitching and above all, regular winning. Perhaps this win served as a reminder to the Sox that they were built to chase the playoffs and this is how they can look when they play the game right.

While I head back home Wednesday, the Sox will try to take the series in a matinee. Chris Sale will face Phil Hughes. Road series wins haven't come easily this year, but it's nice to be in this position. And if Sale is pitching, that only inspires more confidence in everybody, especially the fan base.

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 We saw the best production in weeks. Can we get a little bit more of that in the days ahead?

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