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Keep Wahoo Waiting

September 24th vs. the Cleveland Indians

Toon Squad Update:
Chief Wahoo
Nice to knock that toothy smile off his face for one more day.

Short Take:Despite his tough time with the strike zone, Jose Quintana picks up his 13th win as the Sox beat the Indians 8-1 in Cleveland.

Newsflash: the White Sox are not going to the postseason this year.

I know -- you're shocked, shocked. But since there's no pressure it can be fun to put sand in your opponents' gears. Cleveland's magic number is stuck at two after the Sox beat the Indians 8-1 tonight. They did this despite Jose Quintana's inability to find the strike zone through a tedious six innings. In that time he threw 103 pitches, fewer than half for strikes, but he came out with his 13th win nonetheless.

Terry Francona's chewing gum got an extra workout tonight as he tried to find a pitcher to keep the Sox under control. He went through eight hurlers who collectively gave up 15 hits to the Bridgeport bombers. Lots of fun, but we know this was an aberration. The Indians will be fine and the Sox will be a reclamation project. But that's a conversation for the offseason. Let's talk about this game.

Our guys got a quick 2-0 lead in the first on Melky Cabrera's RBI double and Jose Abreu's RBI single. Wahoo starter Cody Anderson was off to a bad start and would only last two innings.

Quintana spent the first few innings throwing around the strike zone, but rarely in it. Though he struck out Rajai Davis to lead off the first, he gave up a single and two walks to load the bases. He induced a double play to bring down the curtain on the first act, but it was a weird performance. The second inning was more of the same: two singles and a walk to load the bases with no outs. Only one run scored after another single but Quintana lucked out when Coco Crisp was caught between second and third to stop the momentum. A 2-1 lead didn't look like much.

But those two runs were just the beginning. A run each in the fifth and sixth and four runs in the eighth racked it up to 8-1. Everybody hit tonight, except Alex Avila, who went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts. Five strikeouts? I had to look it up. According to Dickson's Baseball Dictionary, a player with five strikeouts is wearing the Platinum Sombrero. Sounds regal if you're in a cartoon.

One highlight was Todd Frazier's sixth-inning solo homer that flew beyond the seats in left field and bounced off the back wall. Without that wall in the way the ball might still be traveling. That was Frazier's 39th of the year, which is impressive in itself. Too bad his average is only .225, but homers that travel ten miles are fun to watch.

The bullpen spread it around for the last three innings, but it was a workmanlike exercise since they scored no more. The Indians just didn't have it tonight and that played to the Sox' advantage.

So though the Sox made the Clevelanders wait another day to clinch, we know that we'll once again watch from behind the veil as Somebody Else goes to the playoffs. At this point it doesn't much matter who makes it to the American League finish line, as long as the team they face in October isn't the blue-clad pinup boys from Clark Street.

That's all folks:
Feels good to borrow Wahoo's big grin.

submitted by tebman.

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