That will even things up a bit.
The struggling White Sox offense finally broke the seal on the run-scoring machine, ringing up 15 hits and 11 runs. I'm not going to read anything into the fact that the offensive outburst coincided with the first night that the chronic slow-starter Alexei Ramirez got his first taste of the bench.
On the mound, John Danks shook off a slow start -- he walked the first batter on 4 pitches, and needed another 85 to record the first out -- to carry a no-hitter through 5 innings, by which point he had 6-0 lead.
The game was a fait accompli as soon as Carlos Quentin's grand slam cleared the left field wall, as Danks had found his groove and was making the Jays offense look like the Sox' of the first 8 games. This is gonna sound off -- because as fans we should like close games that hold our interest every night -- but the last two nights have been a welcome respite from the stomach-churning tight battles of the first week plus. It's nice to take a breather and flip over to Mythbusters and kill some time (and brain cells) playing Shopping Cart Hero instead of stressing about Mark Kotsay's batting average.
Thanks for the night off, guys. We needed it.