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  • *Official* 6/29 Stay Down There, Twins Postgamer

    Would have preferred a less stressful ninth inning, but a win's a win. We get back that half-game we lost last night.

  • #2
    Not bad for a couple of first baseman starting in both outfield corners. Giolito didn’t have his best stuff but gave us a quality start and lowered his ERA. Excellent job by Burr to bail out Marshall. Leury had a great game at the plate and the hot corner. Hendriks made it far too close at the end.

    With Cleveland postponed, we gain a half game in the standings.

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    • #3
      The Sox "small-balled" the Twins to death and I love it. Don't always have to try to hit 837 foot home runs every time up.

      Bullpen continues to be flat out bad save for a guy or two, maybe with Marshall going down (forearm soreness usually winds up with one thing happening at some point) Mr. Hahn will FINALLY start to make some moves. Relief pitchers usually are pretty numerous and some should be available, hell Toronto got one this afternoon.

      Take the win and keep hanging in there until something finally happens on the trade front I guess.
      Last edited by Lipman 1; 06-29-2021, 11:12 PM.

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      • #4
        I’m glad Joe McEwing is the 3B coach instead of Nick Capra. He made really nice reads on those plays where he sent Collins and Vaughn home. He helped plate 2 runs in a game decided by only 1 run.

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        • #5
          Giolito had some choice words for Donaldson postgame, and I absolutely love it.

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          • #6
            Heck of a win. The Sox are scuffling so hard right now. So many different problems. So many different players struggling. They continue to get good results from players they have called up or picked up off the scrap heap. It bodes well for when they start to get healthy. Hopefully the bullpen will find something that has been missing. Hopefully Marshall is okay.

            As hard as it is for this team right now I'll take it.





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            • #7
              Originally posted by thomas35forever View Post
              Giolito had some choice words for Donaldson postgame, and I absolutely love it.
              It looked like Donaldson was yelling something to somebody on his way back to the dugout after touching home plate.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mohoney View Post

                It looked like Donaldson was yelling something to somebody on his way back to the dugout after touching home plate.
                Apparently, he was celebrating about pitchers no longer having the sticky stuff. Giolito didn't take too kindly to that.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by voodoochile View Post
                  Heck of a win. The Sox are scuffling so hard right now. So many different problems. So many different players struggling. They continue to get good results from players they have called up or picked up off the scrap heap. It bodes well for when they start to get healthy. Hopefully the bullpen will find something that has been missing. Hopefully Marshall is okay.

                  As hard as it is for this team right now I'll take it.





                  Let's just hope "they start to get healthy" isn't in say November.

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                  • #10
                    Gio on Donaldson: "I saw it after the fact. He's a ****ing pest. That's kind of a classless move. If you're going to talk ****, talk **** to my face. Don't go across home plate and do all that. Just come to me. It's just annoying. We won. The W's next to my name, they're in last place."

                    Nice comeback.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lipman 1 View Post
                      Gio on Donaldson: "I saw it after the fact. He's a ****ing pest. That's kind of a classless move. If you're going to talk ****, talk **** to my face. Don't go across home plate and do all that. Just come to me. It's just annoying. We won. The W's next to my name, they're in last place."

                      Nice comeback.
                      Rick Giolito also thanked Donaldson for the “motivational speech.”

                      https://twitter.com/rickgiolito/stat...558307332?s=21

                      Reminds me of this incident from last year. What a punk. The Twins deserve him.

                      https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.mlb...-home-run.html
                      Last edited by ChiTownTrojan; 06-30-2021, 12:33 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Maybe the biggest part of the night, other than the news about Eloy and Robert, was Vaughn coming up with two big hits against RHP. If he can get some consistency against RHP that’s one less black hole in the lineup.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by voodoochile View Post
                          Heck of a win. The Sox are scuffling so hard right now. So many different problems. So many different players struggling. They continue to get good results from players they have called up or picked up off the scrap heap. It bodes well for when they start to get healthy. Hopefully the bullpen will find something that has been missing. Hopefully Marshall is okay.
                          ...
                          Second straight game with seven runs and neither win was easy. It's easier to win without home runs than without a bullpen. I don't believe the bullpen is really this bad. The Sox have pitchers with much better stuff than Marshall, but I'm not sure anyone else but Burr, Bummer or Hendriks was going to get through the seventh. I was even wondering if Burr was going to stay in for the ninth as effective as he was, and Hendriks just scraped by.

                          On a positive note, on a mostly positive night, it was good to see Sheets not just get a couple of hits but look so comfortable at the plate. His first time up, ahead in the count, he lined an outside pitch the other way for his first hit and the next time up made a productive out to tie the game. The double fell, and the southpaw struck him out his last time up, his first hit, a clean line drive on a pitch off the plate says a lot. I don't know the circumstances of Grandal's bunt, but it apparently worked. Garcia gave the Sox the lead, then extended it with a sacrifice fly -- what a concept -- his next time up. The Sox scored three runners from third with outs. The Twins scored two, but the last one hurt the Twins by not tying the game and leaving them with only one out left.

                          The Sox did some things right tonight. Even Giolito pitched well between the single and home run to begin the first and the double that knocked him out to begin the seventh. When you're down 2-0 at home before a hitter is retired, it feels like it's going to be a long night. And Marshall came in throwing strikes, unfortunately, they were strikes that went for doubles on successive pitches, essentially bringing the Twins back in the game. Fortunately Burr has come up big. Nice to see Abreu back in the lineup, walking twice and scoring, even if he struck out and didn't get a hit. And they didn't break. They won. Seriously, winning these games is why the White Sox are in first place in what is currently a two-team divisional race. Maybe tonight will mark a breakthrough.

                          Meanwhile, the Twins continue to be a classless team.

                          I wonder how much of the current Sox difficulties (and they really could easily be 3-1 on the current home stand) have to do with the team pressing after Houston had their way with them. Baseball seasons are full of ups and downs. The Sox caught the Astros in Houston in the middle of an 11-game winning streak winning streak that began with a 14-3 win in Minnesota. Since the streak, they've lost four of five to the Tigers and Orioles. You see that graphic sometimes about the the Sox winning so many games against below .500 teams, but there is something to be said for beating below .500 teams.

                          And there is always something to be said for beating the Twins.

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                          • #14
                            Donaldson has always struck me as a bit of a classless punk but I brushed it off as just a guy showing some emotion. Now I know better.

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                            • #15
                              Ryan Burr continues to rack up outs. I hope Marshall is ok. "Forearm tightness" are two words you never want to hear about a pitcher.
                              Last edited by Chez; 06-30-2021, 07:51 AM.

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