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Winds of Change and a Win, for a Change

June 9 vs. Washington Nationals

Toon Squad Update:
Grinchy Sox fans
We hope that this win is only the start
Of a series of wins that will warm our Sox hearts
So we don't have to climb to the top of Mt. Crumpit
With all of our Sox gear in armloads, to dump it.

Short Take:  Sox avoid sweep and beat Nats 3-1 after a day of abundant roster changes.

After a sorry May and early June in which the White Sox lost a hell of a lot more games than they won, the winds of change began to blow through the clubhouse today.

Earlier today, the Sox:

  • DFA'd Mat Latos, who had a red-hot 5-0 April with a 1.84 ERA, but then fell off a cliff while his ERA rode a rocket ship to the moon.
  • Called up AA starter Tyler Danish to take his place.
  • Signed Justin Morneau to a 1-year, $1 million deal. Yes, THAT Justin Morneau - the former Twin. He won't be able to play until mid-July due to offseason elbow surgery.

These might not be the changes that many WSIers have been crying for, but maybe those changes will be the start of a return to winning. The Sox did find a way to get it done today, beating the Nationals 3-1 behind Miguel Gonzalez.

I only got to watch the 1st and 9th innings of this game, but apparently that was all I really needed to see. In the 1st inning, Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez had some control issues. After Austin Jackson and Jose Abreu walked, Melky Cabrera smoked a double to center that scored both. Brett Lawrie followed up by doubling to the left field corner, scoring Melky, and the Sox took quick 3-0 lead.

Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez turned out a solid outing, pitching 6 innings and giving up 3 hits and 1 run (a leadoff homer to Daniel Murphy in the 5th). Zach Duke and Nates Jones combined for a trouble-free 7th and 8th – a refreshing change for a bullpen who has been tired and rocked in the last month.

With a 3-1 lead, things were looking good for the Sox into the 9th, when Dave Robertson came in for a save. I hadn’t seen him in so long, I almost didn’t recognize him. Anyway, Robertson got 2 quick outs. When Jason Werth came to the plate and Robertson got him down to the last strike, the crowd cheered like it was a playoff game. But Werth hit a hard grounder to shortshop Tyler Saladino, who bobbled it and couldn’t get Werth at 1st. Bryce Harper then jumped all over a 1st pitch fastball, and suddenly there were two outs and runners on 1st and 3rd. All Sox fans could do was hold their breath when Daniel Murphy hit a LONG fly ball - but Melky Cabrera made a running catch to end the game.

Holy almost-blew-that-one, Dave Robertson. Instead of an energetic celebration, the crowd mopped their collective brow. Ah well -we’ll take it.

The Sox host the Kansas City Royals tomorrow night at 7:10; Chris Sale faces Ian Kennedy.

WSI's That's All, Folks:  Maybe the White Sox...perhaps...have just a little bit more...

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