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Rodon Rocks

July 3 at Oakland


Sox Office Smash Hit:
Angels in the Infield
A pitcher gets another chance to succeed.

Short Take:   The Sox, led by their young southpaw, open a series in Oakland on the right note.

The second half of the season will feature a heavy focus on Carlos Rodon after he missed most of spring training and the first three months of the regular season. If he regularly pitches like he did Monday, it will be worth going to the ballpark whenever he starts. After all, any hope for the future is a positive. It wasn't so great for the Oakland Athletics, who felt the wrath of Rodon in a 7-2 White Sox winner.

Rodon got some early support when Todd Frazier's leadoff double off Jharel Cotton in the top of the second inning scored on a Tim Anderson single. But after giving up a two-out double to Josh Phegley, Rodon felt some discomfort, prompting a trip to the mound for Herm Schneider and Rick Renteria. While he stayed in the game, Rodon issued back-to-back walks before a Adam Rosales base hit gave Oakland a 2-1 lead. That proved to be all the offense for the A's.

Rodon was masterful to say the least. Over 6 1/3 innings, he struck out 10, walked three and gave up only four hits. He might have gone seven full if Yolmer Sanchez hadn't missed a catch on a fielder's choice. It didn't matter though because Anthony Swarzak and Dan Jennings picked their starter up from there. Rodon should buy them something nice for this game.

Of course, Rodon wouldn't have won had the Sox not reclaimed the lead back in the third. Adam Engel walked and Melky Cabrera singled to set up the heart of the order. Jose Abreu popped out, but Frazier and Matt Davidson came through with back-to-back doubles, giving the Sox a three-spot in the inning. Yes, this story is mainly about Rodon, but let's appreciate once more the job Davidson has done this season.

The Sox added some insurance in the final two innings, though they received some help from the putrid A's. Anderson led off the eighth and reached base on an error by Rosales at short. He scored on a double from Willy Garcia, who came home himself on a Cabrera double. A's reliever John Axford didn't allow a hit in the ninth, but gave the Sox their final run by walking four hitters.

True, Rodon shutting down the worst in the West doesn't say much. Still, anything to get him back on track as a big-league pitcher and push him toward a great few months of starts is something to build on. Whether the offense was inspired by his performance to the point where it really dug deep may never be known. Regardless, it's nice to see the clutch hitting that's been on display lately continue, even if the game wasn't on the line late as it frequently was during the past week.

The Sox will play an Independence Day matinee against these same Athletics. James Shields will be on the hill against Daniel Gossett starting at 3:05. It will be a day to celebrate freedom. And watch Sox baseball.

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 The guy we weren't sure could be dependable this season came through in a big way.


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