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August 1 vs. the New York Blusterers

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Short Take:Behind John Danks solid pitching the Sox humbled the unhumble New York antagonists in an 8-2 win.

On the heels of a 13-6 thumping at the hands of the Gotham Gorillas, the White Sox, bruised but unbowed, came back to deliver a soul-satisfying 8-2 victory on a clear summer night on the South Side.

There are three tasks that need to be accomplished in order to give meaning to a Sox fan's life:

  • win a World Series;
  • beat the Cubs; and
  • beat the Yankees.

The first was covered in 2005. The second was done earlier this year and will be done again in a couple weeks. The third was accomplished tonight, and man, it never gets old. The Manhattan Millionaires infuritate just by showing up. There's no need to belabor the decades, hell, generations of history between the White Sox and those princes of hauteur from New York. Suffice it to say I don't like those guys, and I'm confident my opinion is shared by a wide swath of our tribal subculture.

Tonight was a celebration of fan favorite Scott Podsednik's time with the Sox, with a Podsednik bobblehead given out as a premium. But we came for the game, and we got a good one. John Danks started tonight, and we know that those events are binary conditions -- will the Good Danks or the Bad Danks show up? Danks has been inconsistent for some time, and usually the best we can hope for is six or seven innings of work with few runs given up. Tonight Good Danks lasted 5-2/3 innings, giving up only one run with eight strikeouts. One out short of a Quality Start, but enough to allow the reawakened Sox bats to keep the lead. They did it and looked good doing it.

It started immediately. Danks put away the insufferable Bronxers in the first inning, including two strikeouts, one of which against the infamous Alex Rodriguez. You know his story; his presence on that team is all the more reason to dislike the pinstriped poseurs. But the Sox poked holes in the big-apple balloon right away in the first, scoring a run after Adam Eaton's leadoff single led to a Jose Abreu RBI double. Alexei Ramirez hit a solo homer in the second to make the Sox' early lead 2-0.

The east coast intruders got a run of their own in the third on a sacrifice fly. But this wasn't just any sac fly -- Avi Garcia made another leaping grab at the fence to take away a home run from Didi Gregorius, which would have scored three and given the Yankers the lead. Fence-jumping grabs may become a calling card for Garcia. That's the second time he's done that in the past few weeks. Keep it up, Avi -- you look good in highlight reels.

The Sox got four more in the fifth. Eaton led off with another single, took second on a wild pitch and was driven home on Tyler Saladino's single. After Abreu was hit by a pitch, Melky Cabrera extracted some justice by hitting a three-run homer to make the score 6-1. After these guys ran away with an early big lead last night, it seemed only fitting to return the favor tonight.

Two more runs for the defenders of our faith in the seventh thanks to an RBI double by Ramirez and a well-timed wild pitch. 8-1 sure sounds better than 6-1.

Zach Putnam, pitching in the ninth, threw the unpleasant fellows some crumbs as he gave up a solo homer to Brian McCann. The glorious final score was 8-2.

In recent weeks a curtain has lifted for the White Sox. They're scoring runs like they mean it and winning games like a Major League ballclub, even showing great defense. They probably won't make the postseason this year, but profound moral victories like this one against a despised foe help fill that playoff void.

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Nights like this, full of morale-building accomplishments, assure long-term project success.

submitted by tebman.

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