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Eaton Da Twinkies!

September 2nd at Twinkies

Toon Squad Update:
Ralph wiggum
"A win on Friday? That's unpossible"

Short Take: Rodon is strong only making one mistake and the offense went nuts.

Well that's something new(ish) - a win on Friday! How did that happen? Well let me tell you... There was a strong young pitcher named Carlos and he pitched incredibly well. He ended up allowing 4 runs but only had one rough inning while limiting his pitch count and only walking one. Meanwhile the offense decided enough was enough and busted out of its slump big time. The final result was an 11-4 Sox victory over our creme filled neighbors from Minnesota.

The Sox started the game off right with Adam Eaton leading off with a single moving to second on a sacrifice and scoring on a soft two-out single by Jose Abreu. That lead lasted a few innings until Rodon had his one bad moment. Actually he had three of them in a row giving up a lead off double, a single and then a homer on a belt high pitch that was up and out over the plate. Brian Dozier deposited it in the stands to give the Twinkies a 3-1 lead and you wouldn't have blamed the 12 Sox fans watching if they just turned the game off right there. If they did they missed a lot of fun. The very next inning Todd Frazier absolutely crushed a knee-high pitch to dead center to drive in Abreu and tie the score at 3. In the process, Todd became the most prolific single season home run hitter in White Sox third-base history, breaking the record of none other than our beleaguered skipper, Robin Ventura. The Sox tacked on another run in the 5th when Adam Eaton scored the second of his 4 runs when Melky Cabrera singled him home from second with two outs. Unfortunately that lead didn't last as back to back leadoff singles were compounded when Cabrera played hot-potato with the baseball allowing both runners to advance, putting men on second and third with no one out. The ensuing sacrifice fly drove in the tying run but the relay was cutoff and they managed to nab Dozier trying to advance to third on a nifty relay and tag. Rodon then walked a batter before getting the final out and the inning ended with the game tied at four.

After the 5th the game belonged to the White Sox entirely. They scored only a single run in the 6th when a lucky bounce sent Carlos Sanchez's split the gap liner into the seats with two men on base and two outs. Garcia scored from second but Narvaez was held at third. Unfortunately then Eaton made his only out of the night striking out swinging. In the seventh the 9 Sox fans watching had even more hope as Saladino and Cabrera led off with singles and advanced to second and third on a wild pitch with no one out. Unfortunately Abreu then popped out to shallow right and after an intentional walk to Morneau, Frazier and Garcia both struck out swinging to leave all three runners stranded and leave the Sox clinging to a 1-run lead. Meanwhile Rodon had finally settled down and retired the Twinkies in order in the 6th and 7th and had thrown only 79 pitches to that point in time. The Sox came out in the 8th and finally busted the game open scoring three when reliever Alex Wimmers couldn't make a throw on a sacrifice by Sanchez and let the inning get started with men on second and third and no one out. Eaton was walked and then Saladino hit a sacrifice fly. Cabrera grounded out but both runners advanced and up came Mr."hotter than a deep-fried Twinkie right out of the grease" Jose Abreu. Jose got quickly down in the count looking bad on a couple of swings but then made a nifty little inside out swing on a breaking ball that was down and in and flipped the ball into center to plate Eaton and Sanchez and give the Sox a 4-run lead and make all 7 fans watching smile.

"WHEW! maybe we'll win a Friday night game after all," yours truly thought. But then Robin pulled Rodon and handed the ball to Nate Jones leaving the 6 of us watching scratching our collective heads. Fortunately Nate was up to the task and made short work of the Twinkies. The Sox cane out and tacked on another three runs in the 9th for good measure as Eaton chopped a double down the right field line with men on first and second and Cabrera followed with a 2-run single of his own. That concluded the scoring as Michael Ynoa came out to pitch the bottom of the 9th yielding a leadoff single but then getting a flyout and double play grounder to end the game with no drama and send the 4 Sox fans left watching into fits of spastic glee... well, maybe not, but I actually was motivated to get up off the couch and come write this recap rather than leave it until morning so I guess that counts for something. The Sox and creme filled losers from up north are back at it again tomorrow game time is 6:10 in Chicago and James Shields takes the mound. Whether we will see good James or bad James is anyone's guess, but hopefully the bats can stay hot. It certainly can't hurt.

That's all folks:
Congratulations, Todd - suprised Robin didn't bench you the rest of the year.

submitted by voodoochile.

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