Well, if the White Sox were going to hit in one game this season, at least it was when the whole country was paying attention.
In a game that gained national attention due to the return and appealed suspension of Alex Rodriguez, the White Sox pounded the New York Yankees 8-1 behind 14 hits, snapping a 10-game losing streak that seemed like it lasted for 50 games.
It was a game where every member of the starting lineup contributed, as seven out of the nine starters recorded a hit. Alexei Ramirez, batting leadoff for just the third time this season, tallied four hits and drove in two runs. Jeff Keppinger (who hit second for the first time since May 10), Alex Rios, and Gordon Beckham all had two hits, with Rios driving in four runs. Heck, even Casper Wells singled once.
Even the two guys who didn’t record a hit contributed. Adam Dunn walked three times and had a sacrifice fly, while Dayan Viciedo, who left the game early with a jammed thumb, threw out a runner at second base in the first inning. His replacement, Alejandro De Aza, had a hit.
Finally, Jose Quintana got some run support. He moved to 6-3, tossing 6.2 innings of one run ball. New York threatened a couple of times early on, but like he’s done so often, Quintana pitched out of jams and kept the Yankees offense at bay. Matt Lindstrom and David Purcey kept the Yankees in check for the final two innings.
While all of that is what we Sox fans are excited about, the national audience took notice of this ball game because of Alex Rodriguez. His return to the diamond coincided with the MLB announcing his suspension through this and next season. Rodriguez appealed, allowing him to bat in the lineup. He went 1-4 with a bloop single and was serenated with boos by the South Side crowd all game.
However, the most interesting part to me about the A-Rod situation was actually hearing some of the White Sox players and front office talk about it. Adam Dunn had some strong comments about A-Rod and superstars that have used PEDs, saying that those players “didn’t need them to be great.” Gordon Beckham called today both a bad and good day for baseball, alluding to not just A-Rod, but all of the suspensions that were handed out today around baseball with the biogenesis scandal.
The quote of the day, though, came from Sox GM Rick Hahn. When asked about A-Rod, he said “Have you guys seen us play lately? I got 99 problems, and A-Rod ain’t one of ‘em.”
Rick Hahn trying to be like Jay-Z? Well, he can brag to the rapper for now if he wants to, as the White Sox took it to his agency’s star player, Robinson Cano, tonight at U.S. Cellular Field.
Finally, we saw a win.