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What the Harrell?

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balta1701

White Sox fan, Dr. of Geology

Ok, since it's sitting there in the previous post, I have to admit, i was wrong, I had last night chocked up as a loss before the game start.

Hell, if I told you the Sox called up a 25 year old rookie pitcher with an ERA >4 for an emergency start, and he walked 5 guys...you'd think "God we must have lost by 9". Instead, Harrell got in trouble early, walked the bases loaded in the 2nd...maybe got helped out by the wind some keeping one ball from becoming a grand slam...and held the Oakland A's to 1 run over 6 innings.

Lucas Harrell is the first White Sox pitcher to win his major league debut since Kip Wells in 1999. Congrats kid, you earned that beer shower, and if this team holds together for the division, we owe you a big, big one.

Harrell was admittedly wild earlier, like I said, lots of walks. Seems like his adrenaline was running like crazy early in the game. A double play or two, and presumably some serious psychology work by one "AJ PIerzynski" dragged him through those innings, kicking and screaming. Harrell got in a little more trouble in the 4th, gave up a run, but it took a 2 out infield single off of Harrell to do it.

He was wild as could be, but one thing worth noting about Harrell is that all of his pitches had some movement to them. Not a lot of downward movement, but there was good cut on everything that kept the A's from squaring the ball up. That was probably the biggest thing for him last night.

Harrell was optioned to AAA after the game. Thanks kiddo.

And no one was hurt during the beer shower.

The bullpen last night was led off by Santos, who continued his recent good work with a 123 7th. Erick Threets started off the 8th but couldn't get an out in 2 batters. Guess he was due for a poor outing...hopefully he can pull that back out, he's been really useful by not being Randy Williams.

Despite having 2 on, Tony Pena came in and polished things off. His 8th inning...2 pitches, 3 outs. Immediate double play, followed by another groundout. Solid.

The bats last night were young and vibrant. The 2 guys saying "Don't trade me and stop playing Kotsay ahead of me" were Gordon Beckham, with a couple RBI's and a double, and Dayan Viciedo, who went 3/3 with a couple runs scored. Everything he hit was hit hard as usual. Viciedo's now hitting .322. He needs to play more. AJ and Konerko also added pairs of hits, although Paulie's 4 game HR streak ended.

The Sox have won 5 in a row, and 12 in a row at home. The Twins beat the Mariners to continue their winning streak last night, so Harrell's win keeps the team up 1.5 games. Big game kid. Big game. Shocked the Hell out of me. If I ever see you again, you get a standing O from me.

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Dan Santaromita said:

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Harrell had a good amount of sink. The lateral movement was certainly there, but I think you're short changing him on the downward movement. Especially considering the impressive amount of ground balls he induced.

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