A fellow White Sox fan commented to me tonight that you know it's your year when you score two runs in the 7th inning to take the lead, it starts to pour, the tarp is put on the field and after a long delay the game is called--and you win.
The Sox experienced exactly that in today's rain-delayed 4-3 victory over the Mariners to complete a three-game sweep over Seattle--all one-run victories--and conclude a 6-0 homestand which also included three straight wins over the Yankees.
It's becoming commonplace for the Sox to get behind early and forge a comeback. Today was arguably the most unlikely comeback of all. Trailing 3-2 heading into the seventh, the Sox made two quick outs. It was becoming apparent, with the rain falling harder, that if the Sox didn't rally it might be their last chance.
The next batter, Jordan Danks, extended the inning by coaxing a walk and with impeccable timing, backup catcher Tyler Flowers, starting to make believers out of us, smashed a long homer to left-center to give the Sox the lead. It was his second roundtripper in two days. Reserve infielder Ray Olmedo, who singled and made three sparkling plays in the field earlier in the game, then singled as did Dewayne Wise, sending Olmedo to third. Before another pitch was thrown crew chief Jim Joyce called for the tarp. Approximately two hours later, the Sox had been declared the winner.
The Sox are going to need the same kind of good karma this week as they face a seven-game road trip with four in Baltimore against the much-improved Orioles and three against the Tigers, who still trail the South Siders by 2 1/2 games.
Sox Notes of Note: Gavin Floyd, who once again had his first inning struggles and allowed a run, left the game after two innings with a sore elbow...Hector Santiago came on in relief and went four innings, allowing two runs and three hits...Nate Jones, the major leagues' newest "vulture" for being at the right place at the right time to pick up victories, is now 7-0 on the basis of ending a bases loaded threat in the seventh in his one inning of work.