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Bird Hunting

August 6th vs. the Baltimore Orioles

Toon Squad Update:
Jerry Mouse
Jerry somehow squirms out of the grip of Tom the cat. A skill the Sox discovered on Saturday.

Short Take: Carlos Rodon threw way too many pitches but held off the Orioles with seven strikeouts as the Sox beat the Birds 4-2 on the South Side.

Ahh, it was a great night for baseball. A balmy summer evening, a lively crowd, cold beer, and a 4-2 White Sox winner against the Orioles. Your convivial TBGR correspondent was in attendance, and can vouch for the accuracy of these claims.

Better still, the Sox won. The Baltimore bunch is a hard-hitting team that currently sits atop the American League Eastern Division, but they were docile guests tonight. The Sox won this game by virtue of a reviewed call in the seventh inning that allowed the lead run to score. It's a feel-good story until you realize that more runs would've scored had not third base umpire Mike Winters blown it in the first place. More on that later.

Carlos Rodon was the backdrop of this game, allowing two runs (only one earned), in six innings with seven strikeouts. He still throws too many pitches for my taste, but it's hard to argue with success. The first inning was frustrating, as the first two Baltimore hitters got a bloop double and a bloop single. But Rodon did what he had to do and struck out the side. Orange Bird Manager Buck Showalter could only watch in bemusement as Rodon struck out five in a row across the first and second innings.

The Sox grabbed the lead quickly in the first, when Tim Anderson and Melky Cabrera hit back-to-back doubles. Tyler Saladino put them up 2-0 with a solo leadoff homer in the third.

The Marylanders grabbed a run in the fourth when J.J. Hardy doubled home Mark Trumbo. But Rodon kept them under control until the sixth when Hardy RBIed home one more to tie the game 2-2.

In the seventh, the Sox showed patience at the plate, made contact, and loaded the bases with no outs. But only one run scored after all that, and that lone run was the result of a bad-call replay review. Omar Narvaez hit a blooper that fell beyond the outstretched reach of the Oriole fielders and hit the foul line. Umpire Winters, apparently having forgotten his glasses, called it foul. The Sox challenged it, the umps donned their headphones, and the oracles in New York determined it was fair.

I'm reminded of something Harry Truman once said: "I couldn't see well enough to play when I was a boy, so they gave me a special job - they made me an umpire."

Because the right call wasn't made in real time, Narvaez was only allowed a single instead of the double he likely would've had and only one run was allowed to score to make it 3-2 for the Sox. There were no outs when all this happened, boosting our hopes for a blowout inning. But the next three hitters struck out ignominiously and the Sox left the battlefield with only one run to show after the drama.

Adam Eaton led off the eighth with a solo homer to right to give the Sox some of the cushion they should've had in the seventh. Nate Jones got the win, having appeared when the tiebreaker scored. David Robertson did what he does and dispatched the birds in the ninth to give the Bridgeport Boys the win.

Carlos Rodon is still a work in progress, but he's a keeper. Seven strikeouts in six innings is a good night's work.

That's all folks:
Like Jerry Mouse, the Sox dodged defeat.

submitted by tebman.

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