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Socking It to the Mariners

April 23 vs. Seattle

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This game was so, so sweet.

Short Take: Those cold White Sox bats finally came alive, and it was glorious.

It had been nearly two weeks since White Sox fans experienced that wonderful taste of victory. That seemed impossible to achieve anymore with a lineup not producing runs and the worst pitching staff in baseball. But for one night at least, you never would have known about these issues. That's because the Sox snapped their seven-game losing streak with 10-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday, which also happened to be Dog Day at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Sox wasted no time getting to Mariners starter Mike Leake. Yoan Moncada led off the first inning with a triple and scored on Avisail Garcia's base hit. Four consecutive singles, a wild pitch and a Matt Davidson double followed, putting the Sox up, 5-0. The seven straight hits for the Sox to lead off a game made them the first team to do that since the Colorado Rockies on Sept. 17, 2014.

All 10 Sox runs came in five of the first six innings. Seven of their 18 hits were off the bats of Moncada, who fell a single short of completing the cycle, and Jose Abreu, who drove in three runs on a pair of homers. It was rather nice to see the vaunted Cuban duo do some real damage.

Things were just as good on the mound. Carson Fulmer turned in his first quality start of the season and third of his career, giving up two runs and three hits over six innings while walking only one. Chris Beck, called up earlier in the day after Miguel Gonzalez went on the disabled list, pitched the final three innings without giving up too much to earn his first career save. The taxed bullpen really needed a night like this both physically and mentally, especially with Danny Farquhar's situation fresh in everyone's minds.

As nice as the game was, there also were a couple of scary moments. In the top of the first, Tim Anderson was involved in a collision with Jean Segura, who was completing a double. Fortunately, both players stayed in the game after getting checked out. The following inning, Avisail Garcia suffered a right hamstring strain while running towards first base and had to leave the game, putting his immediate future in question.

A game with many pleasantries and a little uneasiness was a nice breather during what still figures to be a long season. Let's not forget that this team has many flaws that will be exposed time and again until the final pitch is thrown Sept. 30 in Minnesota. Even so, the Sox needed to stop the bleeding somehow, and they did it in emphatic fashion. Best of all, several players projected to be part of the future core had a say in the game's direction, giving us a lot of hope once again.

The Sox continue this series with the Mariners on Tuesday. Chris Volstad will make his first start of 2018 against Marco Gonzales. The game begins at the unusual time of 4:10. Hey, April baseball is weird.

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 Forgot how this happy feeling felt. Wish it could be enjoyed more.

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