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Conquering the Northwest Passage

May 20th vs. the Seattle Mariners

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Sixteen Candles
Everybody got their own candle tonight, and we all got our wish.

Short Take:In a carnival of hitting, the White Sox beat the Mariners 16-1 in a rout led by Avi Garcia's 6-RBI, 2-homer performance.

Seattle sits atop a series of fault lines that put the city at risk for a major earthquake. When it will strike, nobody knows. It might come in the form of several small tremors or it might come as an overwhelming event. All the folks in Puget Sound can do is wait for it to happen.

Tonight the White Sox gave the good people of Seattle a tectonic force preview, beating the Mariners 16-1. There are euphemisms for that kind of game: shellacking, thumping, trouncing, crushing. Pick one you like. Any and all apply.

It was a parade of productive hits tonight. Avi Garcia continues to hit like Popeye after chugging two cans of spinach: six RBIs on four hits that included two home runs and a double. He's hitting .357 now and just hitting cruising speed. Willy Garcia had three RBIs of his own that included a homer. That's nine RBIs among the Garcias, possibly another record.

Everybody jumped in the pool. Matt Davidson hit a two-run dinger, Melky Cabrera and Todd Frazier each had two RBIs, and the rest of the squad hit successfully at least once. They say the coffee's really good it Seattle -- maybe the Sox were on a caffeine high.

Mike Pelfrey started for the Sox and went six innings, keeping the Mariners quiet until the sixth when he gave up their only run. He had three strikeouts and no walks, scattered four hits, and otherwise seemed to have everything under control.

The same couldn't be said of the Seattle staff. Yovani Gallardo gave up ten runs on nine hits in less than four innings of work. Not a good night. The other six Sox runs came courtesy of the M's bullpen, whose night was not good either.

But hey, it's fun to see a game like this. The genuinely encouraging thing is that the White Sox played as if they knew what they were doing. The hitters went with pitches, advanced runners, picked their spots, and generally did things that result in winning games. We can't expect sixteen runs every night but we could easily get used to watching short swings on inside pitches and line drives instead of popups. If this is Rick Renteria's White Sox Way, that's the way I want to go.

The big news today was the signing of Luis Robert, the nineteen year-old phenom from Cuba. All of MLB wanted a piece of that guy, and in the end he chose to come to Chicago. He is the 17th Cuban player to wear White Sox togs, a proud line going back to Minnie Minoso and leading to the present with Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada. He enters the minor-league funhouse with Moncada, Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Lucas Giolito, and the rest of the racehorses the White Sox are preparing for debut in a couple years.

Who knows? Maybe by 2019 the Sox really will bring their own earthquake.

If this is the movie we've come to see, I want to get the DVD and see it a few more times.

submitted by tebman.

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Avi Garcia

Could it be anyone else? Two homers, six RBIs, a .357 average -- glad we finally got to meet the real Avi Garcia.

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