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Sox Bats Bash the Tiggers!

April 4 at Detroit

"These ain't your daddy's White Sox... We're going to keep going after a championship as aggressively as we can."

KW's Hole Cards:
Ace-Queen
Kenny's hired guns in the Pen did their job today, while Carlos Quentin continues to make a case to be a regular in the starting lineup.

Short Take:   The Sox overcame a weak outing by Jose Contreras with their bats and an excellent performance by the bullpen to win the series opener.

Maybe Kenny was completely wrong. Maybe the Tigers aren't in a better position now to compete with the Chicago White Sox. In front of 34,000 fans this afternoon in Detroit, the Sox pounded Detroit with some huge hits from the middle of their order and then left the Tigers for dead with masterful pitching out of the bullpen. The offensive hero of the game for the Sox was AJ Pierzynski, who had two doubles, a huge 3-run homer, and five rbi's. One bright spot about this game is that manager Ozzie Guillen didn't give in to his natural tendency to sit Pierzynski once every four games. With Toby Hall's weak bat and noodle arm in the lineup today, who knows how this game would have turned out. Nevertheless, Guillen continues to ride AJ's hot bat, and the Sox evened up their record at .500 today with an encouraging victory.

Things got off to a bad start in the first inning after some shaky defense on the part of Juan Uribe along with wildness on the part of Contreras. With the bases loaded, Magglio Ordonez, in classic Mags fashion, grounded into a rally-killing double play, but allowing the Tigers to grab a 1-0 lead. The Sox came right back in the second. AJ hit his first of two doubles, and then he was driven in by Carlos Quentin's first homerun in a Sox uniform to give the Good Guys a 2-1 lead. The Tigers showed some fight in the bottom half of the second though, as Ivan Roid-riguez doubled and then scored on a single by hot-hitting rookie Clete Thomas.

Both starting pitchers continued to be roughed up in the third inning. The Sox showed some two-out magic in the top half as Jim Thome and Paul Konerko both drew walks, and then Thome scored on a timely double by Jermaine Dye. Third base coach Jeff Cox held Konerko at third when he probably could have scored, but Cox is no waving-Wally, and Konerko certainly isn't Carl Lewis. Hot hitting Pierzynski made it a moot point with a huge double to score both PK and Dye to give the Sox a 5-2 lead. The pesky Tigers came back in the bottom half after a couple of walks by Contreras. I-Roid drove in two with a double, followed by perennial Sox killer Jacques Jones driving him in with an rbi single. After three innings, the game was knotted at 5-5. 

Contreras faced his last batter in the sixth as he let the first batter of the inning reach base. Ozzie had seen enough, and this is where the bullpen mastery took over. Boone Logan worked the rest of the sixth, pitching brilliantly and retiring three in a row. The Sox bats came alive in the top of the seventh as Konerko doubled, Dye singled, and AJ Pierzynski hit a three-run bomb to right field to give the Sox an 8-5 lead. That's all the Pale Hose would need.

The Sox pen took over. Octavio Dotel was handed the ball in the seventh, holding the lead and striking out two Tiger batters. Linebrink got the 8th, keeping the stranglehold on the middle of the Tigers order and recording two K's of his own. The ninth went to Big Bad Bobby Jenks, who recorded his second save of the season with a little help from JD with a nice catch in right field.

So, the Sox even up their record at 2-2 for the season with an excellent effort by the bullpen and some nice production from the middle of the order, both of which were sorely lacking during the 2007 season. Boone Logan receives a well deserved victory, and the Sox keep rolling. The series continues tomorrow at 2:55pm, as Gavin Floyd takes the bump at Comerica to face the D-Train, Dontrelle Willis, making his first ever American League start. Floyd has shown an uncanny ability to dominate Tigers hitting, so it should be an interesting match-up. Keep it going.

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Quest For the Final Table Update:
 Hell yeah the Sox won the hand. Quality pitching from the pen and the middle of the order doing their thing. AJ was an ace today.


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Two Doubles, HR, Five RBI (and Toby Hall can't hold AJ's jock)

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