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Javy Vazquez Pitches In for a White Sox Sweep

April 19--Sox vs. Kansas City Royals


How was the trophy defended today?
Pitching! Total domination by Javy Vazquez

Short Take: Just another routine day at the ol’ ballpark---NOT! If you want to read about an excruciatingly boring game, don’t read this!

Nothing to see here, folks! Let’s just move along. HAH! Hard to believe that a game that featured so much had a final score of just 4-0, as the Sox continued their domination of the Royals with a stellar pitching performance by Javier Vazquez. Things started off, innocently enough, with a routine three-up, three-down by the Royals in the top of the first. A Scott Podsednik walk to lead off the bottom of the frame went for naught when Scottie was thrown out trying to steal. Naturally the next batter, Alex Cintron, singled. Thome walked, Konerko popped up, Dye walked, then Cintron came around to score on a wild pitch from Scott Elarton. AJ flied out to left, but the Sox were on the board. Vazquez continued to deal in the second, retiring the side in order. Then everybody seemed to settle down, and the next three innings were somewhat uneventful—other than the fact that Javy still was perfect.

However, in the top of the fifth, Matt Stairs walked. But the next three Royals “hitters” went down in order, and the no-no was intact through five. The bottom of the fifth started with a no-doubt home run by Juan Uribe. A double from Pods, a walk to Thome, a single by Paulie, and the bases were loaded for Jermaine Dye, who was promptly hit by a pitch. End of five: Good Guys-4, Royals 0.

In the top of the sixth, in this reporter’s opinion, things got a little tacky. After Javy struck out the first two batters, Costa tried to bunt his way on. I know that opinions are sharply divided on whether this is bush or not, but in my opinion, it is. Didn’t work anyway, and he hit a shot that looked destined for short-center field, but Uribe did what he does so well (Derek who?) and jumped up and snared it. Three down; no-hitter intact. In the bottom of the sixth, the Sox failed to score. Then came the top of the seventh. The first batter, Graffanino, was retired, but then Doug Mientkiewicz--on what can only be described as a checked-swing, nauseatingly lucky hit--broke up Javy’s bid. And of course, Matt Stairs hit into a double-play to end the inning. Sox went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh, and the Royals did the same in the top of the eighth. Ozzie let Vazquez come back out in the top of the ninth, but after the first Royals batter, German, reached, he brought in Neal Cotts in relief. John Buck, pinch-hitting for Paul Bako, singled and Costa grounded into a fielder’s choice, moving German to third. This brought in Bad Bobby Jenks to face Sox Killer Mike Sweeney, who was pinch-hitting for Graffanino. Sweeney was out on a line drive to Joe Crede at third that very nearly turned into a game-ending double play. Ironically, the final out was made by Mientkiewicz, who had broken up the no-hitter in the seventh.

As I said at the top, not much happened here. Just a good, well-pitched, solid White Sox Winner! Next victim, Minnesota Twinkies.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Not many opportunities for smallball here, but once again, Ozzie showed his faith in his players by bringing Vazquez out to start the ninth.


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