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Sox Go Bat Shield Crazy!

June 29 Vs. Twinkies


Toon Squad Update:
The Thing
It's Clobberin' Time!

Short Take: Sox bats go crazy and James Shields pitches over a few hard hit baseballs and the Sox go on to win.

Another night against the ALC, but at least this time it's the Twinkies who the Sox have done well against this year other than last night's listless effort. However with James Shields on the mound Sox fans had every reason to feel less than optimistic about the game. That feeling of dread grew exponentially when the very first Twinkie hitter drilled one into the seats in left for a rapid 1-0 lead. However after that Shields settled down and pitched solidly. The bats woke up again and the Sox went on to win 9-6 but not before some late inning drama made things WAY too interesting.

James Shields? Pitched well? Well enough to win? Well enough to actually look like the guy we traded for? Basically. He did give up too many hard hit baseballs but tonight they mostly found gloves. The two times the Twinkies looked to threaten he induced a double play ball once time and the Twinkies ran into an out at home on the other. His final line isn't amazing with 8 hits in 6.2 innings of work, but he only yielded a single run though he did give up 3 doubles and a homer. He retired the side in order in the second and fourth and worked around men on first and second with nobody out in the third by inducing that double play ball and then a weak grounder back to the mound. In the 5th after a lead off single by Suzuki and a flyout, Nunez doubled as high and deep to right as you can, missing a homer and Eaton's gloves by the same 3 inches in either direction. Nunez was sprinting, but Suzuki was holding before second to see if the ball got caught. Nunez pretty much forced Suzuki to try and score. Eaton ran down the ball in medium right and threw a one hop strike to home that nailed Suzuki by 20 feet. The final two hits were both doubles. One in the sixth and one in the seventh but both were left stranded. Albers came on to relieve in the 7th and ended the threat, but by then the Sox bats appeared to have made it academic.

BATS ALIVE! The Sox decided to get back to their offensive ways after a down night last night. They erased the 1-run deficit in the 2nd on a 2-out Brett Lawrie opposite field solo shot then went on to take the lead in the same inning on a single and stolen base by JB Shuck and a single by Avisail Garcia. Garcia took second on the throw home and reached third when the ball went past the catcher and bounced over the pitcher backing up the play. Unfortunately he was left stranded at third as Tyler Saladino grounded out. Tyler made up for it though with a solo shot of his own in the 5th to extend the lead with one out but after a Tim Anderson double Eaton and Abreu failed to get him home. In the 6th the Sox really got cooking. Frazier led off with a homer and Navarro followed with a double. After a couple of outs Garcia walked and Saladino came through with another single that scored Navarro and left Garcia at 3rd. Saladino promptly stole second and Anderson singled them both home advancing to 2nd on the throw home. Eaton singled to drive in Anderson and give the Sox an 8-1 lead.

The Sox tacked on another run in the 7th on a double, a single and a sacrifice fly to make the score 9-1 and with the game looking to be over the Sox turned to Michael Ynoa to pitch the 8th and though he walked one and hit another he managed a couple of strikeouts and gave up no runs. Matt Purke came out to pitch the 9th and continued his wishy washy ways by giving up a leadoff double and then walking the next guy before Robin promptly yanked him and brought in Dan Jennings before things got out of hand. But nothing the 2016 Sox do is easy and after Jennings struck out Buxton for the first out he induced a slow chopper to second which Lawrie fielded cleanly but his flip to Anderson covering second went wide and suddenly the bases were loaded. Grossman followed with a single to right and Sox fans were left clutching our pearls and shaking our heads. Here we go again, right? Centano hit for Mauer and chopped one off the plate. Everyone held their breath, but Frazier ran it down and managed to tag Centano as he tried to dive to the bag. Unfortunately another run scored and both runners advanced. Jennings then got ahead of Santana 1-2 before losing control of a slider and plunking his foot. The bases were loaded again. Another walk made it 9-4 and Jennings was clearly struggling to find the zone. A double by Kepler made it 9-6 and brought the tying run to the plate. It also brought Robin out of the dugout and Nate Jones out of the bullpen. Facing Escobar - the guy who had started the 9th with that lead off double so many moons ago one was left wondering were the Sox going to blow their second huge 9th inning lead of the year? Fortunately Jones was up to the task and was able to retire Escobar on a routine flyball to left that Garcia still managed to make look difficult with an awkward jump skip maneuver while catching the ball off to the side.

Well you don't get style points in baseball and the Sox will take the win, but man it should have been easier. Hopefully they can get the series win tomorrow to keep the string going and get back over .500. Carlos Rodon takes the mound for the Sox. Game time is 1:10 in Chicago. With any luck the bats will stay active and the ninth inning will be a lot less interesting.

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Sox nearly clobbered themselves for the second time this season, but managed to hold on for the win.


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