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Sweet Six In Succession

April 29th vs. the Detroit Tigers

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Back To The Future
A team building for tomorrow sure looks good today.

Short Take:Behind the timely power of Jose Abreu, the Sox beat the Tigers 6-4 for their sixth win in a row.

Some of us had a feeling this year, call it a sixth sense. Back in January, Rick Renteria said, "we want to re-energize that enthusiasm and energy that may have slipped away in some cases. Watching in the spring, you could see signs of that..

I don't know if a sixth sense is real, but I like the number six. As in a half-dozen, six degrees of separation, and especially six in a row. Today the American League Central's unlikely division leaders, the Chicago White Sox, chose that number to beat the Detroit Tigers 6-4, winning their sixth game in a row.

This is a rebuilding year. And in any construction project, there are phases to go through. You begin with clearing the site (trading Sale and Eaton), then do excavation and grading (saying goodbye to Ventura), then build forms and pour concrete for a foundation (sign Renteria, bring in Moncada, Kopech, Giolito, and the rest), and frame the structure (make Anderson and Davidson regulars, go after Luis Robert). Maybe a shaky metaphor, but if you're rebuilding, those are the steps that need to be made.

Today was another demonstration of how baseball should be played. Renteria spoke more than once of developing a "White Sox way" of playing ball, and we seem to be seeing it in action. Derek Holland started for the Sox and went 6-1/3 innings and looked good doing it. He gave up two runs while scattering five hits, the kind of performance you'd hope to see from an experienced left-hander. Meanwhile, the Sox got the hits they needed, especially the long ball (twice) from the awakening Jose Abreu.

The South Side Surprise scored a run in each of the first three innings, taking advantage of Tiger starter Michael Fulmer's bad day. After a couple walks in the first, Todd Frazier got an RBI single to get it started. The Motowners came back with a run in the bottom half of the first, but the next two innings brought two more Sox runs to make it 3-1 for the 35th Street Smashers.

It was in the third that Abreu hit the first of his two homers, suggesting that he'd come out of his early-season slumber. Avi Garcia is having an out-of-this-world season so far, but he can't do it by himself and the Sox need Abreu to be hitter we know he can be.

The Michigan might-have-beens got another run in the sixth to make it 3-2. But seeing that as too close for comfort, Abreu hit his second moon shot in the eighth, bringing it to a more comfortable 4-2.

All was well until the ninth, when David Robertson spooked us by giving up a leadoff homer to Victor Martinez, then a later pinch-hit RBI single to Alex Avila to tie the game 4-4. Of course Avila got the hit: he caught Robertson last year for the Sox and knew what to look for. Ah well, into the tenth we marched.

Not to worry. Melky Cabrera led off with a homer of his own, and after Abreu walked, Avi "The Bambino" Garcia tripled him home to bring the score to 6-4. Robertson came back out to pitch the tenth, and though he gave up a one-out walk, he held on to get both a blown save (for his 9th-inning screwup) and the win (for hanging on with a new lead in the 10th).

At 13-9 the Sox are firmly atop the Central Division. My finely-tuned sixth sense tells me it's already a good weekend.

It's always fun to catch a feel-good story, and so far these guys have come up with one.

submitted by tebman.

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