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Sluggin' In The Rain

September 2nd vs. the Tampa Bay Rays

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Singin' In The Rain
Like Gene Kelly, the White Sox danced around the soggy basepaths tonight with four home runs.

Short Take: The Sox slugged their way past the Rays to win 5-4 on a rain-soaked night on the South Side.

The White Sox did something remarkable tonight. They won.

The Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on a soggy Buehrle Bobblehead Night in Chicago. An hour and eighteen minutes were eaten up by a rain delay in the middle of the game, which was too bad, because starter Carlos Rodon had been looking good up to that point, having given up one run on only two hits.

In a recent interview on the "White Sox Talk" podcast, Rodon told Chuck Garfein, "I despise walks. I despise them a lot." He went on to say, "You're giving a free pass. You're hurting yourself. You don't want to hurt yourself." In four innings pitched tonight he struck out four but gave up three walks. Like he said, he was only hurting himself, as he threw 69 pitches in those four innings. Y'gotta go deeper in the game, my friend.

Unfortunately, Rays starter Chris Archer didn't go deep in the game. He didn't even get in the pool. After giving up solo homers to Alen Hanson and Yolmer Sanchez to start out the first, he complained of soreness and was taken out of the game. Two quick runs for the Sox in the first, and they never gave up the lead.

Omar Narvaez hit the third Sox homer of the night in the fourth. Avi Garcia hit the fourth dinger in the seventh, a two-run shot that gave the Shields Avenue Sluggers a 5-2 lead. The Rays got that second run in the sixth on their own solo homer by Logan Morrison.

All was well until the eighth when Danny Farquhar allowed a double and a single to make it 5-3. The ninth got edgy when Juan Minaya, the Sox closer du jour, hit the first batter he faced, then gave up two singles to load the bases. He got lucky when Evan Longoria hit into a run-scoring double play to make it 5-4, then struck out Morrison to end the game. Whew.

Bill Veeck introduced the exploding scoreboard to baseball, saying that he thought the home run "had once been the single most spectacular and exciting event in a ball game," but it "had become so commonplace that it was being greeted not with cheers but with yawns." He ensured that there would never be yawns after fireworks were launched and lights flashed in Chicago. And there were certainly no yawns tonight, with those four homers by the Sox.

More home runs are fun, but I'd rather see fewer pitchers.

Ahh, I love me some fireworks.

submitted by tebman.

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