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Nothing Left But The Smile...

April 28 at Detroit


Sox Office Smash Hit:
Alice in Wonderland
Definitely down the rabbit hole now.

Short Take: Bats stay hot, bullpen stays hotter and the Sox are in first!

The Sox were not supposed to be successful this year. They traded off their stud Ace and one of the best CF in baseball for a bunch of kids. They signed a bunch of scrapheap pitchers hoping to catch some lightning in a bottle and be able to trade those retreads for more prospects at the deadline. Maybe in 2019 they'd start to look like a real team again, but this year and next are lost causes. Well, somewhere in the last few weeks the memo seems to have gotten lost. After managing a grand total of six hits in the first two games against Cleveland last week the Sox bats decided enough was enough. Since then they'd scored 33 runs in their next four games, winning all of them. Tonight was no different as they tacked on another 7-spot and stomped the formerly first place Tigers 7-3 behind a 12-hit attack and more lights-put pitching from the bullpen. Oh and just for giggles they stomped their own way into first as the division favorite Indians lost again.

Tonight's starter was Mike Pelfry, late of the Detroit Tigers. Mike is on the downside of his career at 33. He's the true definition of organizational depth and started the year in AAA Charlotte. He only got called up because James Shields got an owie and someone had to start a few games. Mike wasn't spectacular tonight. He only made it through 4.2 innings but he only yielded 3 runs on 6-hits along the way. Most of that damage actually happened in the very first inning. After retiring the first batter Pelfry allowed the next five Tigers to reach base. At least there were no extra base hits and two of the batters reached on walks - both of which loaded the bases. Fortunately, immediately after that second walk he induced a double play grounder on a hard hit shot right into the teeth of the Sox shift to end the inning and keep the Sox in the game. After that Mike settled down and scattered a hit and a single over the next three innings. Then in the 5th with the Sox up 3-2 he got into a jam and got pulled with two outs and men on first and second and the game now tied at three. Mike didn't really give up a ton of hard hit baseballs tonight and he limited all the hits he did give up to singles. He wasn't great, but he was enough.

Offensively the Sox had another good night. After the Tigers' two-run first Todd Frazier and Avisail Garcia opened up the second with back-to-back jacks on back-to-back pitches to tie the game right back up. The Sox then took the lead in the third when Garcia topped one off the plate with men on first and third. The resulting full-swinging, high-bouncing bunt landed perfectly and died on the grass about half-way up the third base line as Tim Anderson streaked home. That was the last Sox score for the next four innings. Over that period they sent exactly 12 men to the plate courtesy of a caught stealing by Yolmer Sanchez who reached on an error by Nicholas Castellanos in the sixth.

After Pelfry left Dan Jennings took the mound and got out of the fifth inning 2-on, 2-out jam he inherited and then the bullpen did it's Lights-out Lock-down thing. Anthony Swarzak, Nate Jones and Tommy Kahnle combined for 4 innings of 0-hit 0-run 5K baseball and all the Kittens could do is swing futilely and wait for the other shoe to drop and in the 8th it did. Tigers starter Matthew Boyd finally left the game with a very respectable line of 3 hits and 3 runs over 7 innings. The Kittens' bullpen was not so lucky. After a leadoff single by Cabrera, Castellanos struck again committing back-to-back errors to load the bases. Unfortunately Matt Davidson then hit into a 6-2-3 double play and it looked like the Tigers might get out of their self-induced jam. At that point in time the Kittens decided to go all in on the "curiouser and curiouser" concept and decided to intentionally walk Sanchez to get to Geovany Soto. Soto promptly ripped the first pitch he saw into left to plate Frazier and Garcia and give the Sox a 2-run lead. Tim Anderson then provided the scone on the tea doily with a 2-run blast to left in the top of the ninth to close out the scoring and give David Robertson the night off.

So here we sit, half way down that rabbit hole, not quite yet through the looking glass but definitely not where most of us thought we'd be at this point in the season. Not that that's a bad thing either. First place in a rebuilding year is always welcome. Seeing a team play with heart and guts is even better. Making the kittens fade away until nothing is left but a smiling Sox fan is just plain fun. Maybe they'll never lose again. Tune in tomorrow to find out. Game time is 1:10 in Detroit. Derek Holland takes the mound for the Sox. Hopefully the bats can stay hot and the defense doesn't let him down again and the Sox can make it six in a row. Stranger things have happened but at this point in time I wouldn't be surprise to see a small white rabbit sprint by singing "No time to say hello, good bye, I'm late, I'm late, I'm late..."

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