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Bird Hunting in Baltimore

April 30th vs. the Baltimore Orioles

Toon Squad Update:
Yosemite Sam
Ya varmints! We keep firing til we hit the target!

Short Take:Mat Latos only lasted five innings, but the Sox came from behind twice to knock off the Orioles 8-7 in chilly Baltimore.

Pitching has been a strength for the White Sox. Major League pitchers have an attribute, a parameter that's been carefully studied and quantified. The technical term is "stuff," and Mat Latos didn't have it today. But no matter -- the Sox were bird hunting in Baltimore tonight, and came from behind twice to win 8-7.

Latos lasted only five innings, giving up four runs on eleven hits in that short span. Just not enough stuff, I guess.

The Sox weren't asleep, though. They accepted two runs in the third, compliments of two infield errors by the birds. After a pair of singles by Jerry Sands and Dioner Navarro, Oriole third baseman Manny Machado made a wild throw to second on what should have been a double play off Adam Eaton's bat, and Jerry Sands came scampering home. Tyler Saladino then got to first on a dropped pop fly by second sacker Jonathan Schoop, scoring Navarro. At that point it put the South Siders in front 2-1.

The bottom of the third saw what should have been the Sox's second triple play this season. With runners on first and second, Adam Jones hit a grounder to Todd Frazier at third. Frazier stepped on third, threw to Brett Lawrie for the second out, but Oriole runner Manny Machado grabbed Lawrie's leg while sliding into second. Robin Ventura talked with the umps, who got a replay review from the couch potatoes in New York, who finally determined that there was no interference on the play. This despite Machado's obvious grab of Lawrie's ankle just as he got Frazier's throw.

Ventura pointed out that the decision was flawed and was promptly ejected by Gerry Davis, one of the befuddled members of the dark-wardrobe club who clutter the basepaths. Ejections are standard procedure when someone has the temerity to suggest that the rulebook might make good nighttime reading..

The game continued with bench coach Rick Renteria at the helm. Brett Lawrie whacked a solo shot in the fourth to make it 3-1 for the Sox, but the angry birds tied it in the bottom of the fourth on back-to-back homers by Pedro Alvarez and Jonathan Schoop. The crabcakers picked up another run in the fifth on an RBI double by Alvarez to take the lead 4-3.

By this time Latos was done. Zach Putnam was on the mound when the O's grabbed another run on an Adam Jones' RBI double. 5-3 by now, and we were haunted by visions of the previous years' collapsing Sox teams.

Ah, but this is a new year and a new team. In the top of the seventh, Brett Lawrie skillfully eluded a tag at home to score on Austin Jackson's hit to bring the score to 5-4. In the eighth it was time for the late-inning heroics we've come to know: Carlos Sanchez led off with a double; Jose Abreu singled to right, scoring Sanchez; Todd Frazier homered to score himself and Abreu. When the dust settled it was 7-5 for the Bridgeport Boys.

The Orioles didn't go down quietly, though. In the bottom of the eighth they tied it 7-7 on Chris Davis' 2-run double. Anxiety ensued.

But hark! In the top of the ninth with two out, Adam Eaton got a bunt single. Sanchez walked, and Abreu placed another RBI single to right, bringing home Eaton and raising the marks to 8-7 for the handsome fellows in gray. Nate Jones, who came in with two outs in the eighth, pitched the bottom of the ninth and got the win.

The White Sox lead the American League with 17 wins, a franchise best for the month of April. Even if Mat Latos didn't have his stuff tonight, his teammates had plenty to make up for it.

That's all folks:
 Yosemite Sam is the guy who never gives up. Keep firing, boys!

submitted by tebman.

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