Sox heating up amid the weird weather
Chicago White Sox's Adam Dunn hits an RBI single off Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Steve Delabar, scoring Alexei Ramirez, during the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 10, 2013, in Chicago.
The White Sox have already had one game postponed due to cold weather this season, and three more to rain.
It seems like they've had to wear hoodies or slickers under their uniforms since they exited spring training.
On Monday night, it was fog's turn to mess with the Sox.
"It's not like rain you can see on the radar," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "It was coming and going. I've never seen anything like it. It would clear up and then all of the sudden you couldn't see an outfielder. Very odd. I haven't been here when it's done that, or can remember it."
All Ventura and the Sox are likely to remember about the game — which was delayed for 1 hour and 10 minutes by fog — was they beat the Blue Jays 10-6 at U.S. Cellular Field.
Not only did they put up double digit runs for the first time this season, Adam Dunn had a monster night.
Dunn matched his career high with 4 hits, and his 2 home runs carried a combined 885 feet.
The first one, a solo shot off Toronto starter R.A. Dickey, came with one out in the third inning and disappeared into the elements. The blast was "estimated" to have traveled 444 feet.
"If that one didn't go out I was just going to keep running," said Dunn, who added a 3-run homer in the fourth inning after play resumed. "I don't know where it went but as long as they go over I don't care."
Dunn raised his batting average from .165 to .181.
"It's tough to sit here each and every day and tell you how good you feel and you look up and it's 0-for-4," Dunn said. "I put that much pressure on myself and when things aren't going good, I take it really personally. I know what my job is and when I'm not doing it, that's why it hurts so much.
"Tonight was good. It felt good but it feels better to get this game in and win."
The offense carried the White Sox to their third straight win, but the bullpen picked up ineffective starter Dylan Axelrod (4 innings, 8 hits, 6 runs) and a standout defensive play by shortstop Alexei Ramirez just might have saved the game.
With the Sox clinging to a 7-6 lead in the eighth inning, the Jays had runners on second and third with one out.
It looked like Jesse Crain's scoreless appearance streak was going to end at 25, but the right-handed reliever got Colby Rasmus on a tapper back to the mound for the second out.
J.P. Arencibia followed with a rocket grounder up the middle that looked like a 2-run single, but Ramirez got to the ball and made the play at first base to end the threat.
"He's just very athletic and being able to make that play, when it's hit you don't necessarily think he's going to be able to," Ventura said. "It's a great play."
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