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  • *Official* 6/10 Five Alive in the Eighth Postgamer

    Sometimes, you gotta appreciate what this team is, especially when an offensive outburst just comes.

  • #2
    Originally posted by thomas35forever View Post
    Sometimes, you gotta appreciate what this team is, especially when an offensive outburst just comes.
    Yup, matches up to the hype and it’s great to see them come back and thump in the late innings. Go Sox!! I’m going to bed happy tonight.

    BK59

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    • #3
      All of WSI's favorite bums came through in the 8th. I hope this is the kick-start, much like the double header sweep of Oakland on June 12 1983, that launches this team to its potential winning ways.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by FielderJones View Post
        All of WSI's favorite bums came through in the 8th. I hope this is the kick-start, much like the double header sweep of Oakland on June 12 1983, that launches this team to its potential winning ways.
        White Sox Twitter's bums, too.

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        • #5
          Very nice (and surprising) to see Moncada and Grandal come through in the 8th. With two outs and those two coming up I was prepared to go into the ninth tied, but they came through. Good for them. Mendick follows with the cherry on top, he has been a breath of fresh air allowing the Sox to get bye while TA is out. It’s pretty clear that once TA is back Mendick is the best option at 2B as well, at least for as long as his hot streak lasts.

          It’s worth mentioning that the Sox finally broke out as soon as the Rangers put in a LHP. Ironic that it was the bottom of the order where all the LH hitters were that were key in that inning. Maybe this will teach La Russa that there is more to baseball than L/R matchups? But that presumes the old man is open to learning new things.

          One new thing La Russa apparently did learn tonight was about how effective the opener strategy could be, as it worked to perfection with Lopez/Martin both pitching great and covering 7 innings with 2 ER. Kudos to Tony for giving it a shot and it paid off. Martin keeps looking better and better each time out, which is refreshing after the struggles of the last couple “spot start” guys (Stiever/Lambert). He looks like he could have a nice career ahead of him.

          Speaking of Lambert, part of me was disappointed the Sox took the lead in the 7th, because I wanted to see if the plan really was to bring Lambert into a tie game in the 8th. I think Sox fans would have rioted if La Russa did that, and rightfully so.

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          • #6
            It was a nice surprise to see guys come through in the clutch like that . especially Grandal & Moncada . they could make or break the season i think . it was great to see Moncada showing emotion, and i still think that he must be playing hurt . I'm trying not to get too optimistic though, and waiting to see if they can get over .500 at least.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Harwar View Post
              It was a nice surprise to see guys come through in the clutch like that . especially Grandal & Moncada . they could make or break the season i think . it was great to see Moncada showing emotion, and i still think that he must be playing hurt . I'm trying not to get too optimistic though, and waiting to see if they can get over .500 at least.
              I haven’t noticed it myself, but I saw someone on Twitter saying Moncada’s right-handed swing looks a lot stronger than his left. He speculated that it was due to the oblique injury still bothering him, which makes sense if true that it would affect one side more than the other.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ChiTownTrojan View Post
                I haven’t noticed it myself, but I saw someone on Twitter saying Moncada’s right-handed swing looks a lot stronger than his left. He speculated that it was due to the oblique injury still bothering him, which makes sense if true that it would affect one side more than the other.
                He’s naturally right handed, so even under ordinary circumstances he naturally would have more raw power when swinging right handed. However, he faces RH pitching more often than LH pitching, so his LH swing would be better under ordinary circumstances.

                So yes, it would make sense that an oblique injury could tap his LH swing of much of its power.

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                • #9
                  Grandal, 2/3 BB 2B 3 RBI went the other way for both of his RBI hits. More like that please, Yas. Moncada big single to extend the 9th after the Burger fub by the Rangers opened the door. Yoan starting to see the ball better, get more elevation, make more consistent contact. I think he'll start to see more results soon. Burger continues his hot ways and the opener experiment worked fine. Martin looks like a keeper very solid performance, plenty of juice and he doesn't seem rattled easily. Every starter reached base and 7 of them were involved in the scoring plays.

                  Nice job all around.



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                  • #10
                    I actually felt the Sox would win this game in the 9th (after the 3-3 tie). However, some clutch hitting (Grandal, Moncada, Mendick) and hustle on the bases basically ended the game in the 8th. Okay with me.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ChiTownTrojan View Post
                      ..... It’s pretty clear that once TA is back Mendick is the best option at 2B as well, at least for as long as his hot streak lasts....
                      And someone can start the Harrison appreciation topic

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by longtimefan View Post
                        I actually felt the Sox would win this game in the 9th (after the 3-3 tie). However, some clutch hitting (Grandal, Moncada, Mendick) and hustle on the bases basically ended the game in the 8th. Okay with me.
                        Yup, that’s the way I like them. Nothing like a visitor’s top of the 9th that you can start with the “oh **** yeahs!!”…that was a pretty cooked number they put up in the bottom of the 8th.

                        BK59

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