It’s unclear how this game will be remembered, what with the intense conflicts, wild emotional swings, incompetent play, and the multiple interweaving narratives of an Inarritu film.
Here’s a synopsis
Initial Plot – Gavin Floyd rocked by hellish control problems. Walks four, hits another, doesn’t make it out of the third, but somehow only gives up three runs thanks to a diving Beckham stab and a Rios outfield assist. He kicks a bucket in the dugout after being pulled, probably hit it dead center twice before missing outside four times in a row.
Plot Twist! – Impromptu pitching duel between Hector Santiago and Freddy Garcia is interrupted by Garcia completely falling the hell apart in the 5th. Our sweaty former colleague allows a two-run DeWayne Wise home run (his third since joining the team), loses all feel for all of his twelve different breaking pitches, leaves the bases loaded.
Overmanaging Montage – “Changes” by Bruce Hornsby plays in the background
Joe Girardi goes for RHP Cody Eppley to face Alex Rios – RBI Fielder’s Choice
Joe Girardi goes for LHP Clay Rapada to face A.J. Pierzynski – RBI single
Joe Girardi goes for Joba Chamberlain to face Dayan Viciedo – RBI single
Plot Twist! – Yankees rally back on Hector Santiago in the second time through the order. A Jeter home run, multiple walks, multiple failures in pitch blocking by Pierzynski, and a Casey McGehee pinch-hit single after Donnie Veal give the Yankees a 6-5 lead in the 6th. Side-note: Game had been about two and a half hours at this point
Silent moment of reflection in White Sox dugout before the solution is offered: “Dingers.”
Triumphant Montage – “Heroes” by David Bowie plays in the background
Gordon Beckham takes a Joba Chamberlain high-fastball out to right field to tie game 6-6 in the 6th
Alexei Ramirez has the rare prolonged battle at the plate before pulling a two-run moonshot to left to give Sox an 8-6 lead in the 7th
Adam Dunn tacks on an opposite field solo shot in the 8th, just to tack on.
Ominous reference to “tomorrow’s game” by Ventura hints at possible sequel
White Sox 9, Yankees 6
Gavin Floyd – 2.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, K, 58 pitches – Sooo much better than his last home start against the Yankees.
Hector Santiago – 3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, HR – Unraveling at the end doesn’t do justice to the service he performed
DeWayne Wise – 2 for 5, HR, 2 RBI, 3 K – Simultaneously covered up for the absence of De Aza AND showed why he can’t be trusted to continue!
Adam Dunn – 1 for 3, HR, 2 R, 2 BB, K – He’s really something when he can take outside pitches out to left.
A.J. Pierzynski – 3 for 5, RBI, R – The return of the old slap-hitting A.J.
Dayan Viciedo – 1 for 4, RBI, K – 11-game hitting streak
Beckham & Ramirez – 3 for 6, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2BB, 2 K – The two-worst hitting regulars in baseball save for Justin Smoak had the definitive blasts of the night.
It’s not often Alexei Ramirez has a grinding at-bat, but maybe he should look into increasing the practice. With two out and a runner on in a tie game in the 7th, Ramirez fell behind 1-2 to Boone Logan, but fouled off three pitches, and took a couple of close inside fastballs before turning and burning on a center-cut offering to break the tie.
Things Would Be Different If…
Joe Girardi made three different pitching changes in the 5th inning, so perhaps he felt the need to conserve arms to get through the 7th, even with David Robertson available. He forced LOOGY Boone Logan to wade through a glut of righties, and would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for A.J. Pierynski’s broken-bat infield single that extended the inning, and a go-ahead home run from Ramirez.
An enormously fun comeback washed away a completely miserable Floyd start that once again scrambles all attempts to figure out what he’s doing or where he’s headed. But after the Kansas City series, this was a needed pick-me-up that can only be enjoyed.
Team Record: 66-55, 2 games up
Filed under: Instant Rationalization
Tags: A.J. Pierzynski, Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, Alexei Ramirez, baseball, boone logan, clay rapada, cody eppley, Dayan Viciedo, DeWayne Wise, Freddy Garcia, Gavin Floyd, Gordon Beckham, hector santiago, joba chamberlain, joe girardi, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, Paul Konerko, Robin Ventura, White Sox