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"Wheels" Konerko Gets Offense Rolling

June 7 vs. Minnesota Twins

"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:
A, A, 7, 5
Buehrle yielded one measley run, walked only one, scattered seven hits, and struck out five.

Short Take:   The second offensive explosion in as many nights adds up to a 4 1/2 game lead on the Twinkies.

It was the hope of White Sox fans that last night's offensive explosion wasn't just an aberration, and the team proved tonight that that doesn't seem to be the case. Mark Buehrle went eight strong innings, but for a change, he had offensive support like he hasn't received all year. How does 11 runs on 16 hits sound?! Sounds like the recipe for a White Sox Winner, 11-2!

The game began under cloudy skies and very warm, sticky conditions. Within ten minutes of the first pitch, and with TCQ at the plate with a 1-1 count, the sky opened up and play was halted for the better part of a half hour. When the ballgame resumed, it seemed as though Livan Hernandez had been bothered by the rain delay, as the Sox rocked him for four runs. Paul "Wheels" Konerko led off the bottom of the second with a triple (yes, that's right, a triple)- his first since May 2000- and he came in on Jim Thome's sacrifice fly to right for the early 1-0 lead. Jermaine Dye followed with a single, and Dirty 30 doubled in his first plate appearance, putting runners at second and third for Joltin' Joe. After a two-homer night last night, Crede came to the plate and jacked another one to left, putting the Sox up 4-0.

Just two innings later, the offensive onslaught continued. Dye led off the inning with a walk and Swisher singled. After Joe Crede struck out, Alexei Ramirez singled, scoring J.D. and putting runners at second & third for Orlando Cabrera. He doubled, driving in Swisher and Ramirez and put the Sox up 7-0 in just the fourth inning.

Mark Buehrle had it on cruise control through six innings and scattered four hits up to that point. He made his only mistake in the seventh to Delmon Young, whose solo shot put the Twins on the board, making the score 7-1. Beyond that one mistake, Buehrle was the Buehrle we know and love.

The Sox had a little more left in the offensive tank, which they saved for the eighth inning. With Boof Bonser having relieved Livan Hernandez after just four innings, the Sox came to life against Mr. Bonser. Thome and Brian Anderson (who pinch-hit for Dye) led off the eighth with back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second for Nick Swisher, who brought Thome in with his second double of the night. Joe Crede came to the dish and once again smacked a three-run homerun- this time, off the left field foul pole for his 4th, 5th, and 6th RBIs of the night, and the 9th, 10th, and 11th runs of the game for the Sox. After Crede reached the dugout, the amped-up crowd chanted "CREDE," and he appeared for the curtain call.

Nick Masset was called on to get a little work in and pitch the ninth, but it wasn't without miscues. With one out, he allowed a base hit to Craig Monroe and got Delmon Young to ground out, but gave up back-to-back singles to Brendan Harris and Matt Macri, allowing the Twins to dent the plate one more time. It wasn't nearly enough, though, as the Sox 11 runs far superseded the Twins' two.

Tomorrow afternoon, the Sox look to go a perfect 6-0 on the homestand, and to take the third of the four-game series. Gavin Floyd (6-3) looks to continue his excellent starting pitching against Kevin Slowey (2-5). The first pitch is set for 1:05p CDT at U.S. Cellular Field and the game will be broadcast on CSN.

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 21 runs and 32 hits in two days, excellent starting pitching... it's all coming together for the South Siders!


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