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Returning the Favor

September 16 vs. Oakland

Sox Project Update:
Bandages to wounded workers
Some medical staff was brought in to treat the employees from Tuesday's beatdown. The mended group looked much better.

Short Take:   One night after being drubbed by the Athletics, the White Sox kindly return the favor, albeit in a more modest fashion.

The White Sox came into Wednesday's game with the Oakland Athletics one night after dropping the previous night's contest 17-6. There was no possible way things could get any worse. Fortunately, that was the case. In fact, they got better thanks to a 9-4 win.

Sure, it was quite the blowout we experienced the previous night, but it was a far better outcome. There's not enough mouthwash in the world to wash out the taste of that one. Okay, I'll shut up about that putrid showing. Let's talk about the good that was tonight instead.

The offense wasted little time teeing off on Cody Martin, starting for the injured Jesse Chavez. Adam Eaton tripled on the second pitch he saw and Carlos Sanchez needed just one pitch to hit a two-run blast. Jose Abreu followed with a solo homer in the third. All that proved to be a precursor to what was to come in the fourth.

After Rob Brantly's leadoff single, Mike Olt homered to become the first player in history to go long for both the White Sox and Cubs in the same season. A Tyler Saladino double chased Martin from the game and his replacement, the ambidextrous Pat Venditte, poured gas on the fire. Three walks and one two-run double by Melky Cabrera later, Venditte's night was finished. He would be charged with one more run when Cabrera scored on a forceout, thus capping all production in a six-run, 11-hitter inning.

Lost in this offensive fun was a quality start from Erik Johnson. Over six innings, he gave up three runs on a sacrifice fly from Brett Lawrie and a two-run shot from Billy Butler. Otherwise, he continued his solid September showing and rightfully earned his second win. Frankie Montas and Scott Carroll successfully held down the fort for the final three innings.

Outside of that one joke of a contest, the White Sox have rightfully had their way with the Athletics this year. In fact, they've done a good job beating up on just about all the really bad teams. It's the teams above that level they've struggled with. Maybe next year, they can make enough progress to beat those clubs more regularly.

The White Sox and Athletics will this joke of a series Thursday afternoon at 1:10. Jose Quintana will take the hill against Sean Nolin. Hopefully, a well-played game on both ends can make up for the ugliness we've seen thus far. Fans of good baseball haven't been very lucky thus far.

Rebuilding Recap:
 Maybe it's too late to save this project, but nights like this make it hopeful the next one will go better.

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