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Happy Ending At The Late Show

August 22 vs. the Seattle Mariners

Sox Project Update:
Nice Finishing Work
The crew came back to finish the installation in time.

Short Take:The Sox came back to tie in the ninth and win in the tenth, 6-3, against the Mariners in Seattle.

In a happy surprise, the White Sox came from behind Saturday night to beat the Mariners 6-3. It's a happy surprise because it involved timely hitting, something the Sox have avoided the past few years.

Carlos Rodon started against Vidal Nuno, a matchup that on paper would favor the Sox. Nuno hasn't won a game since 2014. Should be easy, right? But of course it rarely is. For a team that doesn't hit consistently and has automatic outs in the lineup, a tough-luck pitcher can look like Cy Young. Tough-luck also describes Rodon, who got no decision after pitching seven innings with eight strikeouts. Rodon was coming off a frustrating 2-1 loss last week against the Angels when the Sox gave him only a one-run margin.

I have to wonder if Rodon and Jose Quintana have adjoining lockers. Insurance companies have done workplace-health studies to measure workers' risk of contaminating each other. I ask because Carlos Rodon seems to have caught Quintana's no-run-support disease. Don't know if that condition has a name, but we might call it "quintanaria," a malady in which the patient suffers an absence of offense from the other members of his team.

The problem, as has been disussed many times, is the Sox' hitting. "White Sox" and "timely hitting" are keywords that wouldn't come up together in a search except to point out their mutual exclusivity. But tonight the Sox showed that black-swan and blue-moon events really do happen. Going into the ninth down 3-1, Avi Garcia led off with a single and things started to happen.

After a walk to J.B. Shuck and a single by Alexei Ramirez, the score was 3-2 with no outs. Carlos Sanchez laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Shuck to third and Ramirez to second. Tyler Flowers was due up next. In the choice between bad and worse, Robin Ventura opted to pinch-hit Adam LaRoche. A couple of automatic outs, but LaRoche did his automatic out to the right side, which was enough to score Shuck and tie the game.

Into extras they marched. The Sox looked like an agressive major-league team as Tyler Saladino led off with a walk and Jose Abreu doubled to put runners on second and third. Melky Cabrera was intentionally walked to load the bases with no outs, at which point reliever Danny Farquhar walked Avi Garcia to put the Sox in front 4-3. Edgar Olmos came in to pitch. One passed ball and one groundout later, the Sox were up 6-3, and that's where it stayed.

The Mariners are a sad-sack team this year, which is too bad, but not so bad that it still feels good to get a come-from-behind win. Those don't happen often enough for the Sox and they're all that much sweeter when they do. Now if we can just find a cure for quintanaria -- maybe we can start our own ice-bucket challenge for research into curing this dread disease.

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 The project is behind schedule, so we're happy to see incremental progress.

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Put the Sox on the wall with his second homer of the year. Nice to see a fresh face do something fresh, like hit.

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