Last night I went to the Sox game with a friend talking about finding some shade when we got there. It was a hot day, and I had no intention of sitting in the sun. When we finally made it to our seats the players who were warming up were taking cover, and the tarp was going on the field. No need to find some shade now. For the next two and half hours it rained like crazy. As you can see from the picture above it was really coming down. The field was once again flooded, and my friend from the Braves game was back out on the field in a thunderstorm clearing drains. This was my fifth Sox game in a row that was interrupted somehow by rain. My last weekday game was the Braves game that was delayed just over two hours. This one was just a little longer.
Once the game started at around 9:30 I knew that I was in for a long night. The game started out slowly, but the Sox got things going in the third inning. With two outs both Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios singles. Paul Konerko then hit a two run double into the right field corner to give the Sox a two run lead. Paulie is shown above watching the ball go down the line. He has been really clutch this season, and deserves to be in California for the All Star game. Unfortunately that looks like it is not going to happen, so I guess he can rest up, and come back ready to go for the second half of the season.
The Sox struck again in the sixth when they scored three runs, again with three outs. Dayan Viciedo knocked in Alex Rios with a two out double to get things going. Dayan is shown getting that double above. Brett Lillibridge then knocked in two more with a single to end the Sox scoring for the night. The White Sox were on top of things in the 8th when Pauly hit a double at 12:01. They started playing ‘After Midnight’ by Eric Clapton. This game did have a little bit of everything.
Freddy Garcia pitched a great game giving up one run that was unearned. He picked up his ninth win of the season to lead the Sox. He has been solid all season long when the other pitchers were not. Hopefully he can keep this up in the second half of the season.
If you had told me going into the night that the Sox were going to commit five errors I would not have even gone to the game. That many mistakes usually dooms a team. For some reason though they fought through it, and ended the game one game out of first place. After the sweep today they now sit 1/2 game out of first with the Royals coming to town. Maybe we can sweep Kansas City to go into the break in first place. Who would have thought the Sox would be in this position at the beginning of June? I will be at the Sox game on Saturday with a busload of Sox fans to root on the team. Maybe my luck with rain will change, and I can watch an uninterrupted game.
By the way Lebron James has spurned the Bulls and become a member of the Miami Heat. All throughout the show on ESPN where he announced his decision the powers that be at Comcast felt the need to keep breaking in. I wonder how many Bulls fans were upset at this.