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That's A Big 10-4

September 16 vs. the Detroit Tigers

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Smokey And The Bandit
The cats gave chase, but couldn't catch the Bridgeport Bandits. That really is a big 10-4!

Short Take:The Sox ran all over the Tigers 10-4 in a 17-hit attack, giving us hope for the seasons to come.

Hits are fun. More hits are more fun. The White Sox had plenty of fun tonight beating the Tigers 10-4 in Detroit.

What's that you say? This game proves nothing because the Tigers are lousy? Maybe so, but I'm reminded of something I heard Mike Easler say at a long-ago ChiSox Club luncheon. Easler was with Boston that year and was a guest at the luncheon I happened to attend. The White Sox were doing poorly and he was asked if a team's approach relaxes when facing a struggling club. "No," he said without hesitation. "It's still major-league."

Yeah, the Tigers truly are kitties this year and the White Sox have torn down to the foundation, but it's still major-league ball, and the Sox collected 17 hits on the way to scoring 10 runs. That's a good game in any league.

This time of the season is for the understudies to show what they've got. Reynaldo Lopez started for the Sox and pitched through seven innings. He came into this game with a 1-3 record and an unimpressive 4.76 ERA. Tonight he gave up four runs on seven hits, and though he looked rattled a couple times, he held on. He's among the squad of cadets that Colonel Coop will try to whip into shape for the next few seasons.

Lopez was followed by Chris Volstad, a 6'8" mountain of a man who came recently from Charlotte after being released by the Braves last year. He held the Motowners to one hit and preserved the South Siders' six-run lead. Not a save situation, but you can bet that Volstad feels the same way Mike Easler did all those years ago: it's still major-league.

Ah, but the hits just kept on comin'! With two outs in the first, Jose Abreu walked to set up Cinderella Man Nicky Delmonico for his eighth homer of his short season. The Sox roared again after two outs in the second with back-to-back doubles off Tim Anderson's and Alen Hanson's bats, a walk to Yolmer Sanchez, and then RBI singles by Yoan Moncada and Abreu. Just like that, it's 6-0 for the Dan Ryan Rebuilds.

The Michigan mob responded with three runs in the bottom of the second and another in the fourth, and Lopez had a hard time relaxing. Not to worry, though, as Abreu's sac fly was good for one more in the fourth, and Matt Davidson in the fifth couldn't let Delmonico's homer go unanswered. He hit his 25th to bring the tally to 8-4. But, as Ron Popeil says as he demonstrates the Veg-O-Matic: Wait! There's more! The Sox grabbed two more runs in the seventh, courtesy of RBIs by Sanchez and Moncada, bringing the total to 10. In a CB-radio flashback, that's a big 10-4.

Earl Weaver, the legendary Orioles' manager, once said:"The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers." No three-run homers tonight, but a solo shot and a two-run bomb got it done. Add to that a growing garden of quality pitchers and an organizational focus on fundamentals, and, with a little luck, in a couple years the White Sox could have the key Earl Weaver was talking about.

Add to that mix a lot of hits, and you know, we're looking at what really could be a lot of fun.

I'm with Weaver. Give me a few big innings and some steady pitching and I'm a happy camper.

submitted by tebman.

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