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Eight Runs For Quintana? Who Knew?

September 12 vs. the Minnesota Twins

Sox Project Update:
Heavy Lumber Delivered
The large wooden structural members were brought to the site with impressive results.

Short Take: The Sox bats awakened to the surprise of Jose Quintana and beat the Twins 8-2 on a cool autumn night in Chicago.

Did you know that the state bird of Minnesota is the Common Loon? That sounds like the punch line to a joke told by a frustrated White Sox fan, but it's true. Birds are symbolic, though: think of the robin as representing springtime; the owl suggesting wisdom; the dove a symbol of peace. But the loon is so awkward and goofy that its name is synonomous with "crazy."

But the Twins aren't loons -- they're albatrosses. In The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Coleridge, a sailor brought bad luck upon his ship by killing an albatross. The angry crew then forced him to wear the dead bird around his neck as the tragic bad luck continued. The Twins are the Sox' albatross, bringing them ill fortune for the last decade. The Sox have worn their losses to the Twins around their necks so long it's become part of South Side folklore.

Ahh, but tonight the winds shifted and the Sox dashed the Twins' mojo by beating them soundly, 8-2. And, remarkably, they scored those eight runs on behalf of Jose Quintana, Mr. Hard Luck himself. Quintana has not been able to catch many breaks (or many wins) because of his teammates' inability to score runs when he's on the mound. Tonight was the exception, made all the sweeter by being done against the Twinkies.

It looked like another washout against the Twins in the first inning. Quintana walked Aaron Hicks to begin the game. Hicks stole second on a botched tag by Carlos Sanchez. Jose Abreu's error let Joe Mauer get on base, letting Hicks get to third. Geovany Soto's passed ball allowed Hicks to score, Quintana gave up another walk, and Trevor Plouffe singled home the second run. Hoo-boy...looked to be a long night.

But Quintana got out of it with only two runs, despite his teammates' efforts to allow many more. The hitters tried to make it up to him by getting back-to-back hits leading off the bottom of the first. Nobody scored though. That is, until the fourth inning when the Sox' conga line began.

The dance started with Trayce Thompson's double, followed by Alexei Ramirez's RBI single. Then Mike Olt singled, and Soto's bunt resulted in a throwing error by Plouffe to load the bases. Carlos Sanchez doubled in two more runs, and Adam Eaton singled in one more. Melky Cabrera's sacrifice fly picked up yet another run, and after J.B. Shuck's walk, Minnie starter Tommy Milone was replaced by Blaine Boyer. No matter -- Trayce Thompson singled in another. Then Boyer's wild pickoff throw allowed the seventh run of the inning to come home. By the time it was over the Sox were up 7-2, and Quintana had to have been rubbing his eyes in grateful disbelief.

The Bridgeport Boys added one more run in the eighth when Shuck's ground-rule double scored Cabrera to make it 8-2, which remained the score until the glorious 27th out.

The air had a fall crispness tonight that made everything more comfortable. Clearly the Sox hitters were more comfortable tonight, and I'd like to think that Quintana is, too.

Legend has it that two blackbirds sitting together are a sign of good luck. Hmm...the Sox were wearing black jerseys tonight and no albatrosses were seen. I'm just sayin'...

Rebuilding Recap:
 Nice progress with the lumber. Need to improve the leatherwork, though.

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