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Sox Win on Alexei Ramirez' First Major League Homer

May 16 at San Francisco

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

KW's Hand
K-A (21)
Alexei was the King; Gavin was the Ace, and the Sox hit 21 on the year

Short Take:   Gutsy Performance by Floyd, Big Hit by Alexei enough to overpower Ex-Sox Rowand & Durham

The White Sox continued their 10-game road trip tonight, traveling to AT&T Park in San Francisco to begin a three game series with the Giants and also begin their 2008 inter-league schedule. Behind a gutsy performance by starting pitcher Gavin Floyd and some timely hitting by Alexei Ramirez, the Sox took the series opener . The victory moves the Sox to 21-20 on the season and 5-3 on the current west coast road trip. Coupled with Clevelandís loss to Cincinnati earlier, the win moves the Sox and Twins into a second-place tie in the AL Central, only 0.5 games behind the Tribe.

Gavin Floyd (4-2) was a bit of an enigma tonight. Although credited with his 4th win of the season , he struggled through his 6.0 innings on the mound and never really looked sharp. Gavin didnít seem to have very good command of his breaking pitches from the start, resulting in three walks and two hit batters (both times, former Sox centerfielder Aaron Rowand was plunked). Former Sox second baseman Ray Durham also nicked Gavin up, collecting two hits. Although Floyd let the Giants reach scoring position in each of his six innings on the mound, he amazingly stranded those runners in every inning to preserve six scoreless frames and lower his season ERA from 3.32 to 2.92. Those runners stranded by Floyd: Fred Lewis (3rd) in the first, Rowand (3rd) in the second, Lewis (2nd) in the third, Rowand (2nd) in the fourth, Randy Winn (2nd) in the fifth, and Durham (2nd) in the sixth. Floydís gutsy performance, clearly without his best stuff, might be an even more encouraging sign than his completely dominating starts earlier in the year.

AJ Pierzynski gave the partisan San Francisco crowd a scare in the top of the 6th as he came within a few feet of hitting a homer over the right field wall to give the Sox the lead, but the ball didnít quite make the Cove, and AJ legged out a triple to silence the boo birds. Unfortunately he was stranded there to end the inning.

The Good Guys finally got on the board in the top of the 7th inning when the great prognosticator, Hawk Harrelson, called Alexei Ramirezí first Major League homerun moments before it happened. Nick Swisher got on base for Ramirez with a two-out exploding-bat single to left field. Ramirez, who had good cuts all night off San Fran starter Jonathan Sanchez, worked a nice count and waited back on a change up before lining it into the left field bleachers to give the Sox a 2-0 lead, all they would need tonight for the win.

The Pale Hose bullpen was outstanding as usual. Ehren Wassermann and Boone Logan combined for a dominating 7th, Scott Linebrink held the Giants at bay in the 8th, and Big Bad Bobby Jenks came in to notch his 9th save of the season to nail down the Sox victory in the 9th.

Nice gutsy win for the Sox tonight. Gavin Floyd flirted with disaster but showed poise in pitching around it to grab the victory, and Alexei Ramirez may have earned himself some starts at second base. On the downside, Konerkoís thumb is obviously killing him right now, and a trip to the DL might serve everyone well. The Sox have a humble three-game winning streak going. Buehrle vs. Zito tomorrow, 7:05pm on WGN. Letís get the next two for the sweep and come home 7-3 on the trip.

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  The Sox left the Texas Hold 'Em Tables to go play Black Jack tonight as they notch their 21st victory of the 2008 campaign


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