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Admist Swirling Trade Waters, Shark Chomps Carmines

July 28 at Boston Red Sox


Sox Project Update:
Getting down to work
FINALLY, some of the crew is doing what they were paid to do. Is that a glimmer of hope for this project, or is it an oncoming train?

Short Take:  Samardzija too tough for Red Sox, and White Sox offense continues to pummel pitchers; Sox win 6th straight, 9-4

As the 7/31 trade deadline approaches, talks of trading tonight's White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija have abounded after a dismal April, May, and June for our team.

But the White Sox have recently decided that playing winning baseball is fun, and they want to do more of it. That resurgence meant that tonight the White Sox were playing for their 6th straight win. They swept Cleveland in 4 games and yesterday beat Boston in the first game of the series. The pitching has been good all season, but now the offense has roused out of its slumber.

And the Sox's recent resurgence also has Rick Hahn in "let's wait and see" mode.

Tonight the White Sox dominated the Other Sox, beating them 9-4. The Sox plated 5 of those runs in the 1st inning and mashed 14 hits throughout the game, and they committed no errors. Now THIS team is playing like the one we thought we had!

Samardzija was terrific tonight. He pitched into the 9th before giving up several consecutive hits and being lifted for Dan Jennings, who closed it out. Shark's line was 7 hits, 4 earned runs and 1 walk. He was especially efficient in the 3rd and 4th innings, sitting down the Sawx with 5 and 4 pitches respectively.

And whoever waved a magic wand or sprinkled hitterish dust over the Chicago White Sox bats in the last few weeks…thank you, from the bottom of my black-and-white pinstriped heart.

The White Sox's magical transformation into a 1st-inning offensive powerhouse continued when they scored 5 runs on 5 hits, including 3 doubles. After Soto hit the 3rd double of the inning, irritated Fenway fans began chanting for starter Wade Miley to be replaced with "Pedro, Pedro" - Pedro Martinez, who was at Fenway having his number retired in a pregame ceremony.

Melky Cabrera, who has been red hot, hit the crap out of the ball all night. He was just a homer short of the cycle tonight - 4/5 with 2 doubles, a triple, and single, and he added a highlight reel catch for good measure.

Geovany Soto was on base 5 times today, with 3 walks and 2 hits, including a bomb over the Green Monster.

And Tyler Saladino, despite going hitless tonight, turned out some stellar defense to help the club's cause.

Not only that, but things that even 3 weeks ago wouldn't go the Sox' way, suddenly seem to be. To wit: Jose Abreu hit a long fly ball that appeared to be caught by center fielder Mookie Betts, who fell over the outfield wall with the ball in his glove. The Red Sox trotted off the field. However, when Betts hit the ground in the bullpen, apparently he dropped the ball, although that was not evident during the telecast. Umpires reviewed the catch and ruled that Abreu had indeed hit a 2-run home run, because Betts dropped the ball after colliding with the wall (rule 5.09(A), if you care). Betts was later removed from the game with a possible concussion.

Tonight, Robin Ventura sat Carlos Sanchez and slumping Adam Laroche, giving Emilio Bonifacio and Gordon Beckham a start. When Bonifacio hurt himself swinging in his 2nd at bat and had to be removed from the game, Sanchez got his chance to bat in the DH spot. He doubled in the 9th inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

Detroit lost to Tampa Bay tonight, so with this win, the White Sox climbed over Detroit in both the AL Centeral and the wild card standings. The Sox are only 4 games back from a wild card spot. With that in mind, I suspect that "wait and see" will become "we're not for sale."

If based on the first 3 months of the season, you'd given up watching the White Sox, you might want to tune back in. Our Sox just might become relevant, and they're definitely more fun to watch than they have been all season.

The Sox face the Red Sox for the 3rd game in this series tomorrow at 6:10 pm CST. Jose Quintana is scheduled to face Rick Porcello.

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 Is this foundation finally setting and ready for some major progress?


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