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Fantastic Against Phillies

August 23 vs. Philadelphia

Toon Squad Update:
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The Sox quietly, but convincingly dominated their opponent.

Short Take:   The Sox have a rare game in which everything goes right.

Very few are the games this season in which we White Sox fans have felt good practically from start to finish. Fans of that other team eight miles north have had more than their fair share of those in what looks to be a historic year for them. Once in awhile, we'd like to feel like them. That's just what happened Tuesday in a 9-1 laugher over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Carlos Rodon took the bump for the South Siders and didn't miss a beat. Though he put runners on first and second with one out in the first, he pitched as hard as he's known to and worked his way out of it with back-to-back strikeouts. That was just the beginning of a dominant evening in which he walked one over 6 2/3 shutout innings of three-hit ball. If he can pitch like that regularly within the next couple of years, the third rotation spot will be in good hands.

Even though Phillies starter Jake Thompson is a rookie, his 8.79 ERA entering Tuesday commanded no respect from the Sox hitters and that's exactly what they gave him from the start. Adam Eaton led it off with his long-awaited eighth triple, though it just barely missed clearing the wall. His lack of homer didn't matter after Tim Anderson brought him home on a groundout. Though that was all the Sox got in the opening frame, a lot more was to come.

Eaton and Anderson tag-teamed again to begin the third. The former bunted his way onto first and the latter tripled to right on a ball that was momentarily mishandled by Peter Bourjos, which might have played a factor. After Melky Cabrera walked on four pitches, Jose Abreu singled off the mound to score Anderson. Two hitters later, Todd Frazier helped Cabrera score on a sacrifice fly.

Thompson took more punishment in the fifth. His third straight walk to Cabrera hurt after Abreu homered to left on the first pitch. It took Justin Morneau another three pitches to go yard to right immediately after. Thompson's evening ended after that inning, his ERA having ballooned further to 9.78.

David Hernandez relieved Thompson for the sixth and was greeted by a leadoff double from Avisail Garcia, activated from the DL earlier in the day. Garcia quickly scored on a Carlos Sanchez single. After a pair of forceouts, Cabrera doubled home the ninth and final run for the Sox. The game's only remaining run came on a solo shot by Freddy Galvis, the first hitter Chris Beck faced upon relieving Rodon in the seventh.

As the Sox move closer to the final month of another disappointing year, it's good to take anything positive from the games they have left. But make no mistake: it doesn't mean the front office should stand pat when making decisions about the team's future. We've seen this movie too many times to put up with it again. Few fans are fooled by what they see and hear anymore, so the powers that be need to realize this and put forth some serious changes.

This brief two-game series with the Phillies concludes Wednesday. James Shields takes the mound for the Sox against Jeard Eickhoff. I can hear a bunch of you moaning and groaning already. Really though, what more does this team have to lose?

That's all folks:
 Those Phillie kitties had no idea what hit them.

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