Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Weird White Sox Win

What a bizarre White Sox game last night in Detroit, a 4-3 win in 13 innings.

For much of the tense 11th and 12th innings a massive fireworks show was going on seemingly just outside the stadium. Comerica Park is apparently in downton Detroit as there are several buildings that serve as the backdrop just over the outfield seats. It's a nice view. Last night there was some sort of festival taking place and when the fireworks started, the downtown Detroit sky looked like Baghdad. But with more explosions.

I'm not exaggerating when I say that this was the longest fireworks show I've ever seen. It kept going and going and going. It was ridiculous.

The funny part was that everyone - players, managers, and even the TV announcers - did their best to act like nothing unusual was happening. Huge moments were ocurring with runners on base in an extra-inning game, and every batter was forced to stand at the plate and stare directly into a sky of plentiful explosions. It was the ultimate elephant in the room.

The funniest part was when the fireworks at long last stopped, Hawk finally spoke on the subject and summed it all up with typical Hawk understatement: "Well, I'll tell you what. That was a major league fireworks show right there."

And the game went on.

Frank Thomas' solo home run in the 13th ultimately won it. It also marked Thomas 1,320th run scored, which broke Luke Appling's club record. How cool is that? Thomas broke the record with an extra-inning winner. Well, it could have happened at the Cell, but I won't complain.

Shingo Takatsu pitched out of a bases loaded mess in the bottom of the 13th. Earlier he had bailed out Luis Vizcaino in the 11th and pitched a perfect 12th. He was a bit shaky, but he got the job done, much like the Shingo of 2004. Man, it was nice to see his huge smile when it was over. Few pitchers have a smile as large as Shingo's upon completing a win.

Vizcaino was shaky, but at least he wasn't rocked, which I suppose is progress for him. I like when Vizcaino doesn't get rocked. It does wonders for my well-being.

Hopefully, this game will do wonders for the wounded psyches of Shingo and Vizcaino.

Juan Uribe had a nice night as well, most importantly in the bottom of the ninth when he went to the outfield grass to amazingly scoop a grounder and somehow barely throw out the runner at first base with two outs and two runners on. Game saved. Let's play extra innings.

Uribe, who has had some back problems lately and has surely heard the recent whispers of him possibly being replaced by Pablo Ozuna, also had two extra-inning hits after starting 0-for-3.

Almost lost in the lengthy win was the performance of the kid, Brandon McCarthy, who pitched a solid 6 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits. Most importantly, he walked none. I love that.

For one night at least, the kid was alright.


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