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Rodon Rides On

September 19 vs. the Cleveland Indians

Sox Project Update:
Skilled Painting in the Corners
Painting the edges and corners is difficult. It's good to have a guy who can do it.

Short Take: Carlos Rodon made efficient work of the Indians tonight as the Sox won in Cleveland 4-3.

I was excited when I heard that the White Sox had drafted Carlos Rodon. Top-shelf pitching isn't easy to find, and everything I read about Rodon suggested that he had what it takes. Of course, being a jaded Sox fan, I feared that he would lose his shine when he came up with the big club and we'd all heave a sigh and slump in our chairs.

Tonight though, Rodon demonstrated why the Sox snatched him up when he became available. Behind his efficient performance, the Sox beat the Indians 4-3 in Cleveland. Rodon went 7-2/3 innings and gave up only one run. He struck out four and walked one, making the pitches he needed to make to keep the Wahoos under control.

On balance it was a fun game to watch, and there have been far too few of those this year. The Sox scored first against Carlos Carrasco, who is the rare pitcher to have trouble with the Sox. Adam Eaton scored on Melky Cabrera's sac fly to right after advancing to third on a throwing error at second. The Lake Erie troupe tied the game in the bottom on the fourth on a sac fly of their own.

The Sox found two more runs in the fifth when September callup Rob Brantly drew a leadoff walk and scored after singles by Avi Garcia and Micah Johnson. Garcia scored later on a fielder's choice by Eaton to make it 3-1 for the handsome dudes in the gray polyesters.

The South Siders grabbed one more run in the eighth on Brantly's RBI double to make it 4-1. Oh, and that fourth run loomed large in the harrowing final chapter.

But before we get there, let's offer one more hat-tip to Carlos Rodon. He was effective, yes, but he was also economical with his pitches. He was pulled with two outs in the eighth after his 103rd pitch, which is a small number compared to most of his contemporaries who have a thing for going deep in counts and throwing that many pitches by the sixth. Cleveland has not been a pushover this year; holding them to one run warrants our applause.

It was that 4-1 score that David Robertson took with him when he entered the game in the ninth. After getting a leadoff strikeout against Carlos Santana, Robertson gave up a double to Yan Gomes and a two-run homer to Chris Johnson to make it 4-3. Once again I slumped in my chair.

The next hitter, Abraham Almonte, singled through the middle with two outs. Robertson did not look as sharp tonight and I feard the worst. Then, quietly, Robertson picked off Almonte at first to end the game. Very strange, and very embarrassing for Almonte, who was the potential tying run in the bottom of the ninth. But hey, we'll take it.

Rodon is a keeper. The Sox are going nowhere this year, but if Rodon stays healthy, who knows about next year? And the year after that? I'm holding on to these crumbs of hope as I slump back in my chair.

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After so many setbacks in this project it's good to see real progress, at least in one night's work.

submitted by tebman.

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Kept the Toons under his command all evening. We're looking forward to a lot of years pitching games like this.

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