Friday, May 25, 2012

White Sox 9 Indians 3: Keep On Keepin On

I'm not going to lie to you, this was a game I was sure we'd lost. Not just because Jose Quintana was on the mound, but because the last few years this team has conditioned me to expect it. The Sox had played well for the last week against bad teams, and now had momentum heading into a series against the first place Indians.

This was typically the kind of game that would kill any happy feelings.

When the Indians jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first, I thought that was exactly the path we were heading down once again. But then Adam Dunn hit a two-run bomb in the first inning and the Sox never looked back.

Jose Quintana not only filled in for John Danks, but he probably pitched better than John Danks would have, allowing only 2 runs in his 6 innings of work, and getting out of jams when he had to.

Still, things were a bit close for comfort until the sixth inning when the Sox blew it open with 3 more runs, and then scored another 3 in the seventh.

So now the Sox have won seven of their last eight, are two games over .500, and trail the Indians by 2.5 games in the division. Making things even better -- depending on your perspective -- the Indians came into the game already without Travis Hafner for the weekend. Well, Asdrubal Cabrera left the game after the sixth inning with a tight hamstring, and Carlos Santana had to leave in the eighth after taking a foul ball off the face.

Which means the Tribe may be without all three the rest of the weekend. Which would make life a lot easier for Sox pitchers.


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