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Hot Sox on Hot Evening

June 12 vs. Baltimore

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Bye Bye Birdie
OK, this game had nothing to do with that movie, but the title is sure appropriate.

Short Take:   The Sox defeat Baltimore with offense to go with the temperature.

Being in attendance for Monday's series opener with the Baltimore Orioles, it was easy to feel the effects of an evening that was 94 degrees under clear skies at game time. The Rain Room was packed, people looked to stay hydrated and there was a steamy feeling nearly throughout, even as the sun went down. Oh, and the White Sox matched their hitting with this unseasonable heat. It worked to a 10-7 victory.

The fun began in the second inning after Willy Garcia walked on a full count with two outs and Kevan Smith clubbed his first career home run to center field on the first pitch. The third saw five of the first Sox hitters reach base, leading to four runs. Those came in on a single by Jose Abreu, a double by birthday boy Avisail Garcia and a single by Matt Davidson. That ended the night of Orioles starter Wade Miley, who entered with a 1-3 record and 5.81 ERA in his career against the Sox, after only 2 1/3 innings.

Unfortunately for the Sox, Mike Pelfrey wasn't much better. He needed a double play in each of the first three innings to escape unscathed, but wasn't so lucky in the fourth. Back-to-back two-out RBI singles from Seth Smith and Adam Jones caused Rick Renteria to yank him for Jake Petricka, who struck out Manny Machado to begin an outing that would end with his first win of the season. Honestly, there was no way Pelfrey deserved it and thank God he wasn't eligible for it.

Avi got those two lost runs back in the bottom of the fourth with a single that scored Melky Cabrera and Abreu, both of whom reached on their own base hits. Willy led off the fifth with a triple that could have been called an error after Smith let the ball zoom right by him in right field. It didn't matter what the scoring decision was though because Smith brought Willy home on a sacrifice fly. Davidson homered in the seventh to give the Sox their 10th and final run.

But the 2017 Sox wouldn't be them without making things a little too interesting. Renteria somehow decided to bring Gregory Infante, who had pitched a scoreless seventh, back out for the eighth. The move backfired beginning with Mark Trumbo's leadoff double scoring on Hyun Soo Kim's single. A mound meeting after Jonathan Schoop's single did nothing as Trey Mancini hit a three-run homer to right, ending Infante's night and cutting the Sox's lead in half from where it had been at the start of the inning.

Juan Minaya relieved Infante, recording two outs and a walk before giving way to Anthony Swarzak, who struck out Jones to end the eighth. Swarzak returned for the ninth, though David Robertson warmed up in the bullpen just in case. Robertson very nearly had to come in after Schoop singled to bring in another Oriole run, but was spared the labor after Schoop headed for second and got tagged out after a nice throw from Cabrera to Yolmer Sanchez. A lengthy umpire's review confirmed the call and the game was finally over after nearly 3 1/2 hours.

Well, the game certainly could have a gone a lot more smoothly, but there's no reason to argue with a win. That said, the pitching staff had its holes exposed once again. The rotation suddenly can't go deep into games and there are bullpen arms that either pitch longer than their usefulness or simply don't belong in the majors. Luckily, the offense showed the punch it packs and how dangerous it can be even if collective consistency remains an issue.

The Sox will face the Orioles again Tuesday. Derek Holland gets the ball and faces Alec Asher at 7:10. The heat wave that has hit the Chicagoland area is expected to continue, so there will be another chance for the bats to shine. If the opener's result was repeated, that would be great too.

 If the lineup was more impressive than what we saw, this game might still be going on.

submitted by thomas35forever.

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