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Sox stuff Rangers down the Rabbit Hole!

April 22 Vs. Rangers

Toon Squad Update:
Bugs Bunny
Whatever the Sox needed they got.

Short Take:   Quintana goes 7 complete with some awesome help from his defense and the bats manage to score a few runs.

Ho hum... another win... another shutout?... hmmm... another solid night at the plate by Sox hitters???... um... Another TRIPLE PLAY?!?!?... *scratches head*... Are you sure about that? Yes, yes I am and yes you read that right, Sox fans. Our boys managed to put up a 5-spot.. Jose Quintana was his usual steady self. The Bullpen nailed things down in what is becoming routine fashion and yes the Sox turned a very timely triple play on their way to a 5-0 win.

More on the pitching and defense later. First let's take a look at the offense. The Sox scored five tonight and did it without the benefit of the long ball. In fact most of their hardest hit baseballs were corralled for outs seemingly all of them by the Rangers rightfielder Ryan Rua who almost effortlessly ran down several would be doubles to keep the game in check. In the end though, the Sox would not be denied. They scored on a sacrifice fly that followed a sacrifice bunt. They scored on a wild pitch that died in the grass a mere ten feet from home plate. They scored on a couple of timely 2-out hits that drove in runners who didn't reach base until there were already two outs themselves. Jose Abreu drove in a run but didn't get a hit and Todd Frazier scored a run though hitless himself. Melky Cabrera and Adam Eaton were the most productive getting a couple of hits apiece, but it was Brett Lawrie's timely "double" that busted the game open. Heck, even Jerry Sands got in the act and drove in Lawrie after he drove in Frazier and Cabrera in the big 3-run 6th that seemed to clinch the win. And then came the top of the 7th... (cue ominous music)...

Up until the 7th, Jose Quintana had been cruising along. He had limited the Rangers to two hits and a walk over the first six innings. He'd picked the first one of those runners off and the other two didn't even make it to second. Jose then set set the Rangers down in order in the 4th, 5th and 6th to run his string of consecutive outs to 11. Then came that 7th which followed the Sox long productive half of the 6th. Maybe Jose got tight sitting on the bench that long in the cold, but he gave up a double to Prince Fielder leading off and Adrian Beltre followed with single to put runners at the corners. Quintana was struggling to find the plate and promptly walked Ian Desmond to load the bases with nobody out. His struggles coming out of nowhere the Sox were just getting loose in the pen and Cooper had already made his mound visit so the coaching staff and Sox fans could only watch and hope that somehow things would work out. "We'll take a double play and give the run," many of us (including Benetti and Stone) all agreed. Our hopes were promptly dashed as Mitch Moreland laced a slicing liner toward right field that seemed destined to plate at least two and possibly all three Rangers' runners. Honestly, it felt like our Sox bunnies had walked off a cliff. Suddenly there was Adam Eaton, and his trusty bottle of "Hare Tonic" (stops falling hare). Streaking across the grass Adam reached out his glove and stabbed the baseball chest high just before it ripped past him and for a moment we could all exhale. But Adam wasn't done... He turned and fired to first trying to double off Desmond who had broke for second when the ball appeared headed for the wall. Unfortunately the throw was off-target and pulled Abreu too far toward second and Desmond ran back past him to the bag and safety, His speed carried him past the base. Abreu, following, managed to corner Desmond in foul territory and after a brief dance off tagged him for the second out - and we didn't even have to trade the run to get it YAY! But still the fun wasn't over because in the middle of all this chaos, Fielder had decided it was time to break for home, hoping no one would notice a 270+ pound man wobbling down the line. Abreu managed to not burst out laughing and merely tossed the ball to Navarro who started running Fielder back to 3rd. At this point in time (and not to be outdone) Beltre appeared to think, "Hey we can all do something stupid on the basepaths if I play this right." And play it right he did - at least as far as Sox fans are concerned - as he took off for third (WHAT A MAROON!) Navarro, realizing he didn't have to throw, kept chasing Fielder back to the bag. Beltre tried to retreat but with Fielder safely back at third, Navarro rifled the ball to Tyler Saladino in the SS hole. Tyler ran Beltre toward third and with no choice left, Fielder was once again forced to break for home. Tyler threw the ball to Navarro one more time. Dioner once again ran Fielder back to third then flipped the ball to Frazier who applied the tag and put the Rangers out of their misery for the inning ending 9-3-2-6-2-5 triple play and leave our Sox hovering inches off the ground as the Rangers screamed past and embedded themselves in the field.

Like I said, ho hum... After all that it was fairly routine for Matt Albers and Zach Putnum to nail down the win yielding a hit but no runs over the final two innings and give the Sox their 11th win and 4th shutout of the early season. I know they haven't been scoring much, but four shutouts in the first 17 games has to be something to be excited about. Tomorrow's game starts at 1:10 in Chicago. Hopefully Carlos Rodon can shake off his bad performance from last game and return to the form we've come to expect from him and the bats can build on tonight's solid outing. Who knows, maybe something exciting will even happen...

That's all folks:
 Eh, What's up Doc? A Triple freaking play, Bugs!

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