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Runs for Q? Can This Be True?

July 9th vs. the Atlanta Braves

Toon Squad Update:
Popeye the Sailor
They're good to the finish, 'cause they eats their spinach.

Short Take: Despite not showing his shiniest buttons today, Jose Quintana got runs behind him and a 5-4 win against the Braves on a South Side summer Saturday.

The White Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on a splendid July Saturday afternoon in Chicago. If you think of baseball, and I know you do if you're reading this, this is what fills your reverie: blue skies, balmy weather, light breezes, a convivial crowd, and a win posted by your favorite team. Bill Veeck said it best: "There are only two seasons -- winter and baseball." How right he was.

I can wax poetic like this because I was in attendance at today's interleague match. The weather was lovely, we enjoyed the company of friends who share our attachment to this oft-maddening team, and the Sox came through for Q. I watched Jose Quintana keenly, who, despite his skill as a hurler, has too often fallen victim to losses pinned on him by virtue of his teammates' inability to score runs. But today the Sox batsmen scored five runs, which to Quintana must seem like an embarrassment of riches. They could've scored more (there were chances), but as Tim McCarver probably said, as long as you score one more run than the other team you're going to win the game.

Quintana was not his usual mow-'em-down, low-runs-allowed self today. He gave up those four runs on the backs of three homers. Ouch, I thought -- this isn't Q's standard practice, and the South Siders' on-again, off-again offense may not produce enough to carry the day. But when the final out was made the five runs recorded by the Sox were sufficient to send us home with a smile.

Those five runs were produced by the Sox in the second and third innings. Todd Frazier, warming his bat for the Home Run Derby spectacle next week, hit a two-run poke in the third that was just out of reach of peachtree center fielder Ender Inciarte. In the fourth, four singles, a double, and a helpful balk by Atlanta starter Julio Teheran, all conspired to ring up three more runs for our faves. That makes five runs, and that's all they needed.

Quintana's first home run delivery was off the first-inning bat of former Sox farmhand and one-time phenom Gordon Beckham, who's currently sporting a .290 average for his new employers. Ah, Gordo, if only you'd come close to that number the last couple of years we'd still be enjoying your gracious smile. Number two dinger flew away from Jeff Fancoeur in the fourth, and was worth two runs. Quintana's third insult came in the sixth, as Freddie Freeman went deep for Atlanta's fourth run. I suppose there's gratification in that Q was throwing strikes, but so does a pitching machine.

Alas, Quintana's not a machine and was pulled after six innings. It was apparent his engine wasn't firing on all cylinders today. But he pitched enough to earn the win, which is some comfort after so many games that drifted away from him through no fault of his own.

A sentimental note sounded loudly in the third when Braves starting catcher Tyler Flowers (the less said, the better) was replaced by A.J. Pierzynski, who received a sustained ovation from the nearly 24,000 fans who miss those qualities that inspired the Grinder Rules campaign of 2005. A.J.'s nearing the end of his career, and I think he knows that the South Side will forever regard him as one of its own.

The Sox won, Jose Quintana got an overdue win, and next week is the All-Star Game. If these guys can take the rubber game Sunday they will have won yet another series, and with another 80 games to go, might surprise everyone and show up in the postseason. Bill Veeck also said, "I do not think winning is the most important thing. I think winning is the only thing." That's what we want of course, though being at the ballpark on a sun-kissed afternoon is an important thing, too.

That's all folks:
Like Popeye the Sailor, the Sox kept swinging and came out on top.

submitted by tebman.

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