Lightning Strikes Again

Last night I went to the Cell to see the White Sox play the Atlanta Braves. It was 70’s night with a fireworks show scheduled for after the game, but nobody said anything about the show pre game. The above picture is one example of the show I was able to see from my seat before the game even started. I love watching storms, and I love watching baseball. What an awesome night that allowed me to see both.

One of the best parts of the pre game show was watching this poor guy that must have drawn the short straw during the worst part of the storm. The outfield was starting to flood, and they sent this guy onto the field with lightning striking everywhere to open the drains up. They gave him a $3 slicker to do the job, and sent him on his way. You can see how bad it was raining at the time. The water was just pooling on the ground. I never thought that they would get the game in.

Just when things were looking bleak a rainbow appeared over the field. I don’t know where it started, but I would guess the end of it would be on Waveland. The game was set to start at 9:00 just about two hours late. With Buehrle and Hudson pitching the game would have been close to being over at that time if it had started at seven.

Early on it was a pitchers dual with Tim Hudson on the receiving end of a 1-0 lead. Great defensive plays like this turn of a double play by Gordon Beckham kept the game close on both sides. Through the first three innings the Braves had the only hits.

Tim Hudson was perfect through 3 1/3 innings. That is when he issued a walk to Omar Vizquel. Alex Rios grounded out to the pitcher advancing Omar. Pauly then came through with a two out single to tie the game. Carlos Quentin then hit a ball to right that rookie phenom Jason Heyward appeared to have a bead on. As he drifted back I started to realize the ball had a chance. As Heyward jumped for it he just missed the ball, and it bounced on top of the wall and over for a home run. Quentin hit a solo shot to lead off the seventh that was a no doubter. After a long homer less drought as a team Quentin now has three in two games. That was all the offense the Sox needed, and they went on to win the game 4-2.

The actual game time of two hours and twenty minutes was just shy of the 1:49 rain delay that preceded it. The Sox were two games over .500 which was the high water mark of the season so far. That pulled them to within 3 1/2 games back of the Twins who had lost earlier in the night. Today the White Sox used a two run homer by Paul Konerko to win their ninth straight game. That coupled with a Twins loss means that the Sox are just 2 1/2 games back. Who would have thought that just two weeks ago when the Sox were dropping out of contention with no end in sight. Thank God for the National League. The season has meaning again, and I am much more excited than I would have been for the game against the Cubs on Sunday.


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