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Jose Tunes up the Toons!

July 24 at Cleveland

Sox Project Update:
Dug Deep and struck gold
Better late than never? Hmmmmm... Could be...

Short Take: Quintana sparkles and the offense shows signs of life for the second straight night as the Sox win another easy one.

For most of this year the Sox have resembled the hapless Wile E. coyote. Their best laid plans have blown up in their face or led them right off a cliff as our playoff goal mockingly screams "beep beep" and vanishes in a puff of dust. Despite all these setbacks Robin "Yosemite Sam" Ventura has tried to lead the team to play to their celluloid potential but for most of the year it hasn't worked. Tonight was different Jose "Bugs" Quintana jumped up planted a big wet sloppy kiss on the Indians, then dove to safety leaving the toons' bats swinging at air. Meanwhile after another slow start the Sox bats showed signs of life late as the Sox went on to win 6-0.

This game was really all about Jose Quintana who was simply masterful while throwing his first career complete game and shutout. Along the way he struck out 8 and got some help from his defense, notably two stunning defensive plays from Alexei Ramirez who seems to have found whatever he was missing the first 2+ months of the season. In the third with two outs Kipnis on first, Ramirez, who had just scored the first run of the game, ranged far to his right and stabbed a ball destined for left field. With no chance to get the man at first Ramirez turned and fired to second. Kipnis who had overrun the bag was dead meat as Sanchez deftly applied the tag. Later, with one out in the 5th, a man on first and the Sox still clinging to their 1-run lead Ramirez lunged to his left to knock down a liner headed for center, ran the ball down then glove flipped the ball between his legs to Sanchez covering the bag and get the force out. With his defense turning in plays like that, Quintana was able to throw his pitches with confidence and the results were spectacular. Nine innings of work, eight strikeouts, zero walks and zero runs were his line on the night. The hapless Cleveland Fudds could only stare in bewilderment wondering, what's up doc indeed?

Meanwhile, offensively, the Sox weren't doing much for the first five innings. They managed to create a single run on a single by Ramirez (there's that man again) a stolen base, a ground-out that advanced him and finally a wild pitch. Unfortunately that was all the Sox managed for the first 5 innings and it was beginning to look like another one of those hard luck Quintana starts, but in the 6th Jose Abreu drilled a solo shot to center to double the Sox lead. In the seventh Ramirez singled and stole second again but was stranded there. Then in the eighth the Sox finally broke through. Eaton singled and stole second and advanced to third on a shallow single by Saladino. Then Melky "Johnny Blaze" Cabrera smoked a double to right - his second of the game - to drive in both runners. After Abreu was intentionally walked Laroche was called safe on a bobbled grounder to first but was then called out on review. Garcia grounded out and that set the stage for, who else... Alexei Ramirez. TCM as he used to be known promptly slapped one just fair past the diving toons first baseman for a double that would score both Cabrera and Abreu and finalize the score at 6-0.

There wasn't much more to see as the Toons went meekly in the 8th with another fine stop by Ramirez. Then in the ninth, after a lead-off single, Abreu snared a hard grounder, stepped on first and fired to second. After a brief rundown Sanchez applied the tag for the second out and a few pitches later the game was over. Quintana had his shutout and first career complete game. The coyote had finally snagged his bird. Bugs had finally beaten Elmer Fudd... no wait that happens all the time... Sox fans are left wondering again, is this merely a mirage before the bomb goes off in our hand or is this the beginning of a second half surge? All we can do is watch and wait to see what happens this week and of course be vewwy vewwy quiet. After all, we're hunting toons...

Rebuilding Recap:
 Most likely by the end of the week the season's motto will be "the-ah...the-ah... the-ah...That's all folks."

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