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Blast After the Blizzard

April 9th vs. the Cleveland Indians

Toon Squad Update:
Chilly Willy
Very cold but smiling.

Short Take:The previously frozen Sox bats thawed out, outscoring the Indians 7-3 on a sunny, chilly Saturday on the South Side.

Happy 2016, Everybody! After Friday's show of frozen offense, it's a relief to see sunshine and the first home victory for the White Sox, as they beat the Cleveland Indians 7-3. The big deal was a 5-run 7th inning, anchored by Avi Garcia's 3-run homer. Garcia's not the guy you were expecting to make that happen, which makes it all the more a welcome sight.

Your humble TBGR correspondent was at the Opening Day snow festival and left with a sour taste after watching John Danks gave up 7 runs while the offense was limited to Todd Frazier's solo homer. Today was a different story, and though still cold, the sun was shining brightly.

A big difference was that it was Chris Sale's turn on the mound. He's about as good as it gets, and though he gave up three earned runs, it was enough to inspire the Sox bats to realize the promise of the first few games. Business began in the third when Jose Abreu lofted a solo shot to left-center. A nice start, but there was more to come. In the bottom of the fourth, Garcia singled and moved to second on a wild pitch by Tribe starter Cody Anderson. Alex Avila's RBI single brought him home to make it 2-0 for our springtime heroes.

The Cleveland interlopers tied it in the sixth on a two-run homer by Mike Napoli, which was clearly frustrating for Sale, but not enough to prevent another homer in the top of the seventh by Yan Gomes to put the Sox behind 3-2.

Ah, but the aformentioned bottom of the seventh came next. Austin Jackson led off with a single off Ohio reliever Bryan Shaw. That was promptly followed by a double off the bat of Jimmy Rollins to put runners on second and third. Abreu was intentionally walked (of course), and Frazier's fielder's choice scored Jackson to tie it 3-3. Melky Cabrera singled, scoring Rollins and the Sox took back the lead 4-3. But after Brett Lawrie flied out, Garcia came to the plate and hit the three-run shot to right field. Now it's 7-3 and it was the end of the day for Shaw.

7-3 is where it stayed, as Matt Albers made short work of the Clevelanders in the last two innings, notching three strikeouts in the process. Handshakes all around and the sun was still shining.

After Friday's dismal performance there was nowhere to go but up, and the South Side Snow Shovelers showed they knew how to lift their gaze.

That's all folks:
What's up, Doc? The Sox did their best imitation of Bugs Bunny, choosing their spots and looking good.

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