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A Split With The Kits

May 27 vs. the Detroit Tigers

Sox Office Smash Hit:
The Odd Couple
Put together one team looking to the future and one team trying to hold on to the past, and the weakness of both comes out: one win, one loss for both.

Short Take:The Sox won the first game of the doubleheader 3-0 behind rookie Tyler Danish, while the Tigers took the nightcap 4-3 despite a Sox rally in the ninth.

"Baseball is a simple game...sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains," as Nuke LaLoosh explained to a reporter in "Bull Durham." And it is -- on April 5th it rained, postponing the White Sox-Tigers contest into a doubleheader on May 26th. That night it rained, forcing a doubleheader on Saturday, May 27. The outcome verified LaLoosh's axiom as the White Sox won the first game 3-0 and lost the nightcap 4-3. Sometimes it rains, sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. A simple game.

The opener was played on a sunny afternoon and saw the Tyler Danish's debut as a starter. Just called up from AAA Charlotte to help plug the holes left by the injuries of six Sox pitchers, Danish showed both his potential and his need for development. He went only five innings, but threw 104 pitches as he struck out six and walked six. The Tigers helped Danish as much as they could by leaving eight men on base in those five innings. Danish got through those innings looking like a guy in an old movie strolling out of the way just before the piano falls out the window and the bus crashes behind him. It was his lucky day.

Not so lucky for Michael Fulmer, the Motown starter. Despite pitching the full eight innings, he did his best Jose Quintana imitation as the kitties gave him zero run support. Too bad for him, but a big break for the Sox rookie starter. You could see why the Sox are high on Danish -- once he settled down he successfully pulled the string on enough pitches to strike out six in those five innings. Those six walks suggest he needs more work on finding the zone so he can keep piling up those strikeouts.

But hey, this is a rebuilding year, right? We saw the Sox offense rebuilding as the first run scored on a double-play ball. Not our first choice, but it still counts. The next two runs were the result of several well-placed hits in the eighth inning, topped by an RBI triple off Leury Garcia's bat. Long balls are fun, but give me a run-scoring extra-base hit every time.


Handshakes all around! Both teams retired to their clubhouses and came back out a half-hour later to start a new game. In this matchup the roles were reversed. The Sox couldn't score or mount a real threat until the ninth inning, by which time the Michigan Mousers had racked up four runs. Derek Holland started the second game and did a fine job, throwing six innings of one-run ball. But the very green Sox bullpen gave up the other three runs to give the cats a 4-0 lead into the ninth.

Ah, but the ninth was fun. The Sox were thisclose to tying it after Jose Abreu's leadoff double, followed by Matt Davidson's and Tim Anderson's singles, and capped by Yolmer Sanchez's bases-clearing triple. There was only one out at that point, with Sanchez dancing hungrily at third. But alas, pinch-hitter Todd Frazier struck out, as did Adam Engel, ending the threat and the game. A bit of brightness was seeing Engel get his first major-league hit in the second game after he scored his first career run in the first game. We'll be seeing a lot of firsts over the next couple seasons as the phenoms and the not-quite-phenoms join the big club.

Your humble correspondent was at the ballpark to see these two games, and is still mystified after all these years by the number of ticket-buying people who leave early. After the first game, 3/4ths of the crowd filed out and didn't stick around for the second game. I mean, two games for the price of one, and they don't stay! I don't get it.

If you leave early, you're going to miss something. After all, sometimes they win, sometimes they lose, and sometimes it rains.

I like the way this screenplay is building. By the third act I'll be ready to see it again.

submitted by tebman.

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