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Buehrle Backs It Up!

April 16th Vs. Boston


Today's temperature:
99
"Nice win over Pedro, but Jerry's boys still make way too many mistakes."

Short Take:  Mark Buehrle ripped on the fans last week and backed it up this week. Thank goodness Pedro was on a pitch count.

Well things didn't bode well for the Sox coming into this one. They were coming off of a bad loss to the lowly Padres and now here came the BoSox and their all-world stud pitching ace, Pedro Martinez. Add in the fact that Mark Buehrle having a bad year and making noises about fan treatment at the ballpark, was pitching for the Sox and things really didn't look too good. That sound heard yesterday was most of the last few fans jumping off the bandwagon. Only serious diehards are left right now and even they weren't expecting a win tonight. And then something funny happened on the way to the ballpark. The Sox actually won the game.

It didn't look good when it started. D'Angelo "bobblehands" Jimenez bobbled another grounder on the second batter of the game allowing Bill Mueller to reach on an error. It didn't take long for him to score and after a solo homer by Manny Ramirez in the 3rd, the Sox were down 2-0 and Pedro was cruising. Using his regular assortment of devastating breaking stuff, change ups and hard fastballs on either corner, Pedro glided through 4 innings, allowing only 3 hits, one of which was Carlos Lee's shot to the LF wall. He was immediately erased trying to stretch it to second base. In the 5th the Sox got 4 base runners and one of them actually scored and then - thankfully - Pedro was at his pitch limit. Ryan Rupe in just his second appearance for Boston - and first in relief - induced Magglio and Carlos to swing for the fences and both of them were quickly retired. Then Jose Valentin drew a walk and Paul Konerko singled to left. Joe Crede then followed with a no-doubt-about-it bomb into the left field seats and all that was left was for Buehrle to cruise home. He lasted 8 giving up just 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3 on 91 pitches. Of course that meant it was time for Jerry to go to the pen. Whoops, no Billy Koch to rely on because Manuel used him for the 3rd straight day yesterday in a non-save situation. So it's Damaso Marte time, right? Right Jerry? Nope, Sox fans could only hold their breath and pray as Tom Gordon and his curveball of doom came jogging in from the bullpen. But like I said earlier, something funny happened and Gordon pitched as well as he has in a while to seal the victory and collect the 99th save of his career. No one was quite sure what happened here, but with the Royals beating the Twinkies, no one was really going to complain either.

The middle of the order didn't hit tonight, but the rest of the guys did and in the end that was enough. Paul Konerko continues his long road back to respectability, picking up a walk, a hit and a couple of runs. He even beat a throw to second on softly hit but fairly routine grounder. Are things starting to go the Sox way? Don't hold your breath Sox fans, but anything is possible. The Sox send Colon - fresh off his 9th inning disaster against the Giants - to the mound tomorrow. Hopefully he can pitch like he did for the first 8 innings of that game and then they can go to the pen. Maybe Tom Gordon will pick up save number 100. On the other hand, maybe they shouldn't push their luck.

WSI's
Tinkerer Update:
 Josh Paul started and actually played pretty well, driving in a run and throwing out a base stealer. Billy Koch wasn't available due to overuse these past few days, but Tom Gordon did a good job closing the game. Oh by the way, Frank was back at first...


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