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Saturday Satisfaction

April 8th vs. the Minnesota Twins

Sox Office Smash Hit:
The Sting
Like good hustlers, the White Sox put a plan in place to win. The Twins didn't know what hit them.

Short Take: Behind the steady arm of Miguel Gonzalez and the big bat of Avi Garcia, the Sox beat the Twins 6-2 on a sunny, windy day on the South Side.

Check the bases! We've got new faces! Welcome to your 2017 White Sox! They pitch, they hit, they catch, they do it all. At least they did it today, beating the always annoying Minnesota Twins 6-2 on the sunny South Side.

We waved goodbye to Chris Sale and Adam Eaton. We expect to wave goodbye to Jose Quintana, Todd Frazier, and David Robertson. We don't expect to do a lot of waving at the ballpark this year as the Sox engage in an exercise that most call rebuilding. I'd call it remodeling, since the organization is going for a different look. Like most remodeling projects, the place is disrupted during construction.

Much is new. The ballpark has changed partners and now dances with the Guaranteed Rate mortgage company and splashes the walls with the sponsor's please-watch-your-step downward arrow. Oh, well...I suppose Chico's Bail Bonds had a lower bid for the rights and lost out.

But today, much of what's new was very good indeed. The Sox beat the Twinkies, which always feels good, and they looked good doing it. Miguel Gonzalez started for the Sox and looked vulnerable right at the top. Within the first three pitches he'd given up two singles and later gave up a walk to Joe Mauer to load the bases. He got out of it, though, and settled into a nice groove for six innings, allowing two runs while striking out six.

The Sox offense had an unfamiliar smart-baseball quality. Tyler Saladino led off the first with a double and was promptly advanced to third on a right-side grounder by Tim Anderson, followed by a tidy 4-3 RBI groundout by Miguel Cabrera. Manufacturing runs? Who are these guys, and what have you done with my White Sox? If Rick Renteria keeps this up, we're going to have to pay attention all summer.

The Sox second inning was entertaining. Todd Frazier led off with a masterful 14-pitch at-bat that he parlayed into a walk. Avi Garcia, showing plate smarts we haven't seen before, tripled Frazier home to make it 2-0. Geovany Soto missed a bunt on a squeeze attempt, but Garcia scored from third anyway on Minniehaha third sacker Miguel Sano's errant throw. 3-0 for our faves, and all is well.

All was well until the sixth, when Jorge Polanco led off with a double and Jason Castro hit a fly ball into the wind that went into the left-center seats to make it 3-2. Not to worry, as in the bottom of the frame Frazier singled and was upstaged by a monstrous two-run homer to center by Avi Garcia. Soto, clearly feeling bad about his earlier missed bunt, hit the very next pitch into the bullpen seats to bring the score up to 6-2.

And 6-2 is where it stayed. Zach Putnam and Dan Jennings kept things under control for the final three innings. Y'gotta like the way they look. I know it's early, but man, it's good to see energy and what appears to be a plan. For too long watching the Sox was like seeing pigeons ambling aimlessly on the sidewalk; it's nice to think there's more than simple reaction going on

They actually did do it all today. Now they need to keep doing it and have bench spots warm for Moncada, Kopech, and the rest. If this works out, that Guaranteed Rate arrow will be pointing at the players instead of the Central Division bottom.

Pay It Forward -- It's good to see there's a plan.

submitted by tebman.

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