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September 30th Vs Twinkies

Toon Squad Update:
Rodon and Anderson brought the lightning and the thunder

Short Take: Rodon dominates early as the Sox offense goes nuts.

Last Friday Night of the season and the Sox were facing the Twinkies. In years past that might have been reason to run for the remote and watch reruns of Law and Order, but if you did that tonight, you missed a couple of amazing performances. Carlos Rodon took the mound for the Sox tonight and early on he was as dominant as any fan could dream. Meanwhile Tim Anderson was leading an offensive explosion that staked Carlos to an early 7-0 lead, and the Sox held on to win 7-3.

Carlos Rodon took the mound and from the get go he made sure the Twinkies knew they were his bitches. He rattled off seven straight strikeouts to start the game and tie an American League record set by Joe Cowley - also for the White Sox - back in 1986. Rodon had it all working and his slider had the Twinkies swinging wildly at air as the ball dipped a foot below their bats. The eighth batter doubled deep to right field and the 9th batter walked, but then Carlos induced a double-play grounder to Frazier at third to end the threat. Carlos would tack on another strikeout in the 4th and two more to lead off the 5th, and by the time he took the mound in the 6th the Sox were leading 7-0. In the top of the 6th Rodon walked the leadoff hitter then induced another perfect double play grounder to Frazier, but this time Frazier muffed it and the ball bounced away for an error leaving men on first and second. Rodon seemed to let that get to him and gave up a single a wild pitch, another single a walk and a sacrifice fly for the first out of the inning. The Twinkies had men on first and third with one away and three runs were already in. Carlos took a deep breath and induced another double play grounder - this time to Anderson and Mr. Smooth flipped to Sanchez and on to first to end the inning.

Did someone say Tim Anderson? THE Tim Anderson? Yes, him. See Tim wasn't just saving runs with his glove he was the main reason the Sox had a 7-0 lead after five innings. He started the game with a triple to right with one out in the first, the ball bouncing off the futile glove stab by the Twinkie loser in centerfield. Melky Cabrera doubled home Anderson and then came around to score on a wild pitch after an infield single by Morneau. Then, in the third, after an Eaton walk, Anderson hit a bomb to left field that made the score 4-0. Tim hit the ball so hard he had to stop and admire it before starting his trot around the bases. The gutless Twinkies didn't take kindly to that and later in the game they tried to plunk him - more on that later. After Anderson's bomb Melky doubled and Abreu did the same and the Twinkies mercifully pulled their loser of a pitcher. The Sox tacked on their final two runs in the 4th when Narvaez homered and Garcia singled to right. Eaton easily beat out a relay throw on a grounder that retired Garcia at second. The Twinkies finally managed to retire Anderson on a strikeout and then Melky hit a popup to left. With two outs Eaton was running on contact and when the ball bounced off the glove of the sliding nameless loser Twinkie in left Eaton kicked it into high gear and scored standing all the way from first. When the Smoke had cleared the Sox had a 7-0 lead and honestly the game was over.

After Rodon's struggles in the 6th Robin went to the bullpen. First man up was Chris Beck, who has had an up and down season for the Sox. There are times he looks unhittable and other times he can't record an out before the opponent drops a 3-spot on him. Tonight he had a weird line yielding three hits and a walk in a single inning of work but giving up no runs. That's because the final two singles came with no one out in the 8th after he pitched a scoreless 7th yielding only a walk and a perfect bunt single. After those two singles the Sox called on Nate Jones and was up to the task inducing another double play grounder before walking some fool and getting the final out on a ground out to Abreu. It was in the bottom of the eighth when the Twinkies showed their true yellow nature when with two outs the dork on the mound tried to hit Tim Anderson. Tim was a double short of the cycle at this point but apparently the Twinkies were still fuming over the homer gazing he did in the third. Naturally the losers couldn't even do that right and the ball skipped through Tim's wickets and didn't hit him. The umps immediately dropped warnings on both benches so we'll have to wait until to tomorrow to see which loser will pay the price for their cowardly ways. Unfortunately then Tim grounded out. I wish he had hit a little looper to the outfield so we could see if he could stretch it into a double using that blazing speed of his. Alas it was not to be. In the ninth Tommy Kahnle came on and set the losers down 1-2-3 striking out the last nameless loser on some nasty cutter/screwgie pitch that seemed to be moving in about seven dimensions. I don't know what pitch that was but I wouldn't want to see it if I was a hitter. It was freaking nasty.

So that's a wrap on this game recap and for my Friday night efforts in general. Maybe I'll see you all next year and we can share some more positive moments. This season has been woefully short on good times, but nights like this are still enjoyable. You want to catch another game you can do so tomorrow when the same two teams face off in game 161. Game time is 6:10 in Chicago and it's Shields on the mound for the White Sox. Fortunately the Sox are playing the losers from Minnesota so maybe even James can get a win. Somebody cue JB98. Voodoo out...

That's all folks:
 For one final glorious night the Sox were Godlike and the Twinkies were their usual perpetual selves...

submitted by voodoochile.

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