Be still my heart: Resilient White Sox get the job done after top of the ninth nightmare

Be still my heart: Resilient White Sox get the job done after top of the ninth nightmare
The collision heard around the South Side

Adam Dunn's two homers and three RBIs, Alexei Ramirez's two-run shot and Jake Peavy's outstanding seven-inning outing for his 10th win of the season paced the Chicago White Sox to a  7-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners last night at U.S. Cellular Field.

The win widened the Sox's lead to 2 1/2 games over Detroit which lost to the Los Angeles of Anaheim while the Seattle loss halted an eight-game Mariner winning streak. Dunn's pair of blasts extended the slugger's major league lead to 38.

That, or a reason facsimile, would have been the lede to last night's game at the Cell--emphasis on would have been. The truth is that the pitching meltdown--by Philip Humber, Donnie Veal and primarily closer Addison Reed--and an errant throw by Alex Rios that occurred in the top of the ninth changed everything. Instead of a nice, clean win, the Sox headed to the bottom of the inning trailing, 8-7, with the prospect of facing Seattle closer Tom Wilhelmson.

Resilient all season, the South Siders found a way. Gordon Beckman reached first on an infield hit and Dewayne Wise walked. Kevin Youkilis tied the game at 8-8 with a single to center. After Dunn's deep flyout to the opposite field, Paul Konerko sent Sox fans into a frenzy as Mariner outfielders Michael Saunders and Eric Thames collided going for his deep drive at the fence in right-center as the ball was jarred loose. Wise scored the winning run and the Sox overcame their top of the ninth nightmare.

Some of the details in the fantasy lede above are fact. Dunn's two homers did extend his major league lead, Ramirez did hit a two-homer, Jake Peavy did have an outstanding outing, but didn't get the win.The Sox did indeed widen their division and the losing effort stopped the Mariners' win streak.

I guess the question to Sox fans is: Would you rather have coasted with the 7-2 win or prefer the wild, heart-stopping way they won. Skipper Robin Ventura didn't answer the question, but came up with a reasonable explanation of the events on this night:

"You're not going to be perfect all the time."

 

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