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Deja Voodoo!

May 6th Vs Twinkies

Toon Squad Update:
Bizzaro Superman
Total role reversal for the two teams leads to an easy Sox win

Short Take: Sox pour it on early and often as the offense puts up a 10-spot and gives the pitchers an easy night.

Somehow it felt like we'd seen this before. A team with a fan favorite player managing them played sloppy defense, made questionable decisions and got absolutely crushed by the team playing smart aggressive baseball making great defensive plays and piling up the timely hits. Thing is it wasn't the usual teams doing these things as the Sox spanked the Twinkies 10-4.

What's that? Smart aggressive baseball by the Sox? Good defensive plays by the Sox? Timely hits by the Sox? Yep and honestly it's becoming more expected than not this season, but on the other side things aren't that way for the Twinkies anymore. The Sox scored early and often and took advantage of several Twinkie miscues along the way. The first two runs scored in the first inning on a double by Melky Cabrera after a two-out error by shortstop Eduardo Escobar. They added two more in the second when Eaton's well-placed single to left center allowed Avisail Garcia to score from second and Tyler Saladino to make it all the way to third and then score himself when Eaton tried to stretch to a double and forced a throw to the bag. Abreu then tacked on a 5th with an absolute bomb to left in the third to make the score 5-1. The Twinkies managed to score the next three runs to tighten things up, but the Sox then went on their usual late game tear to tack on five more and end any chance at drama.

In the 5th Eaton led off with a triple but had to hold there when Jimmy Rollins reached on an infield single. Eaton had to hold again when Abreu bounced one to third but the Twinkies could only retire Abreu at first and Rollins was safe at second. Then with one out, Frazier hit a sharp grounder to third and Eaton wasn't staying put for a third time and was easily retired at home. It looked like the Sox were going to blow a golden opportunity but there was that man, Melky again and he singled to drive in Rollins. Lawrie followed with a single of his own to plate Frazier and give the Sox some breathing room. 7-4 the score remained until the bottom of the 7th or as it's come to be known SOX TIME! and Sox time it was. Again the Sox started off the inning slowly accumulating two quick outs. Then the fun began with back to back singles and a walk to load the bases. The Twinkies had their pitcher Abad on the mound and he wasn't pitching that poorly but his defense turned out to be suspect as he bobbled the sure third out comebacker from Dioner Navarro and then couldn't find the ball which was sitting right between his feet. That plated the first run and Saladino then slapped a single back up the middle to plate two more. That finalized the scoring with Everyone but Todd Frazier managing to get a hit tonight as the Sox compiled 14 of them and scored 10 times. Even hitless and walkless, Frazier managed to score two times after reaching on two infielder's choice plays.

Pitching-wise this wasn't the best game for the Sox. Matt Latos used a lot of pitches to get through five innings while yielding 4 runs. He left with the lead and will get the win, but the bullpen deserves most of the credit. Putnam gave up a one out walk in the 6th, but ended up otherwise retiring the side with some help from Austin Jackson's nice running grab at the wall in deep right-center. Zach Duke made fast work of the Twinkies in the 7th and then Nate Jones came on in the 8th because he was already warm and mostly was fine other than drilling Byung Ho Park up high. That led to some drama in the bottom half of the frame when Trevor May stuck one in Abreu's ribs. Abreu did not take kindly to this offense and the benches all came on the field but cooler heads prevailed. Well mostly as Robin Ventura got tossed for demanding May get tossed for intentionally throwing at Jose. Nothing came of all the hubbub though and all that was left was for Sox fans to gasp in fear as recently recalled Scott Carroll entered the game to pitch the ninth. Scott promptly plunked a Twinkie in the ass (don't ask me which one, I just don't care, drill them all repeatedly as far as I'm concerned). This time nothing came of it and the leadoff butt plunk on first was erased by a liner that Abreu himself corralled and promptly stepped on first to double butt boy up. After that a grounder to second ended the game in a surprisingly routine manner.

Left out of this discussion were some more really nice defensive plays. Eaton saved a run with his glove as did Saladino and of course there was Jackson running down the deep fly to open the 6th with the game not completely decided yet. Cabrera had a nice running catch of his own and also played a ball perfectly off the wall at one point though he didn't quite get the runner at second with his throw. It's becoming almost routine for this team to flash the leather and turn sure hits into outs. It's such a refreshing change of pace from years past, but it's also becoming expected. Have to give credit to the defensive positioning this year which has been near perfect. Compared to the clown show the Twinkies put on tonight it's been a real pleasure to watch. Hopefully it continues tomorrow as do the hot bats when Chris Sale takes the mound for game two. Game time is 4:10 in Chicago. Let's go get that series win.

That's all folks:
Yo Twinkies, don't plunk Abreu you don't want to start a fight you can't finish.

submitted by voodoochile.

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