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Sox Wars Episode 128: A New Hope

August 27th vs. The Seattle Mariners

Toon Squad Update:
Score or score not. There is no try.

Short Take:The White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 9-3, scoring big for Jose Quintana on Star Wars night on the South Side.

I was at tonight's 9-3 Sox win over the Seattle Mariners and overheard part of a conversation:

"Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him."
"You mean it controls your actions?"
"Partially. But it also obeys your commands."

I turned my head suddenly to see who was talking, but both had ducked into a side door. One of them sure looked like Jose Quintana, though I'm not sure who the other one was. Might have been Tyler Saladino or Avi Garcia. I don't know -- with so many people in Jedi costumes it could've been anybody, I suppose. Sure sounded like Quintana, though.

The Force was strong with the White Sox offense tonight. Nine runs, fifteen hits, including four home runs; could there be any other explanation on Star Wars Night? For the past few seasons Quintana has played the part of early Luke Skywalker, watching his best efforts fail because of the Sox offense's weak use of the Force. Tonight it must have been Quintana who told his hitters, "I find your lack of faith disturbing." They apparently got the message.

Quintana was shaky in the first, giving up a leadoff double to Leonys Martin. A passed ball got Martin to third, and a sac fly from Robinson Cano scored the Puget Sounders' first run. A collective sigh went through the ballpark as we anticipated another Big Q heartbreak.

But the Sox wasted no time in their half of the first. Tim Anderson tripled in textbook fashion and, in a bit of deja vu, scored on Melky Cabrera's sac fly. Jose Abreu came up next and launched a no-doubter onto the center field shed roof to make it 2-1 for our faves. Quintana fell into his groove thereafter, retiring the next eight Seattle swingers until Nelson Cruz's benign single in the fourth.

In the meantime the Sox ran up the score. In the bottom of the fourth, the Sox got a double, a single, and drew two walks to bring the tally up to 3-1. Ah, but in the fifth things began a-poppin'. Again with two outs, Todd Frazier singled and was sent home on Justin Morneau's triple. That's not a typo -- Morneau tripled to right. But he didn't stay there long. Avi Garcia hammered a long one to left to bring both him and Morneau home and make the score 6-1. I think I overheard Han Solo behind me: "Great shot kid! That was one in a million." (I don't know -- maybe it wasn't Solo. Like I said, there were a lot of galactic cosplayers there tonight).

But if that was one in a million, Alex Avila made it two in a million in the next at-bat when he launched his own orbital sphere into left to make the score 7-1. Run support? Sing with me: Jose, can you see?

The northwest coasters got a second run in the sixth on a group of hits that Quintana worked out of with a parallel group of well-placed ground balls. That elevated the numbers to 7-2, and I heard a gnarly little guy in our section say, "You will know when you are calm, at peace. Passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack."

And at peace we were. Especially after the seventh, when the Sox brought home two more runs on Saladino's proton torpedo to left. At 9-2, it's easy to be at peace, but not necesarily passive.

All was well until the ninth when Jacob Turner gave up a walk, two singles, a sacrifice fly, and another walk. At that point it was 9-3 with the bases loaded and one out. It looked tense, but then I thought I heard a solemn, bearded fellow say to Robin Ventura, "This isn't the reliever you're looking for." Ventura woke up and walked to the mound. Nate Jones was then brought in and induced a double play from pinch-hitter Seth Smith. The game ended and the Ewoks danced.

A good night for the Rebellion. A threat of rain was unfulfilled, Jedi Southpaw bobbleheads were given away, cracking good Star Wars themed fireworks followed the game, and most of all, the White Sox won with a plethora of runs behind Jose Quintana. As long as the hitters hit, the Force will be with him, always.

That's all folks:
Like the Ewoks running through the grassy plain, the Sox ran with purposeful abandon.

submitted by tebman.

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