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Clayton Cages Kitties

July 26th vs. the Detroit Tigers


KW's Daily Special:
Lean Cat Food
The White Sox beat the Tigers 5-1 behind the carefully placed pitches of Clayton Richard.

Short Take:Clayton Richard shows us what major-league pitching looks like, beating the Tigers 5-1.

Diners at Kenny's Burger Joint feasted last week on Chef Buehrle's finest work. Everyone returned home satiated and full of expectation for ongoing success, only to be disappointed with pedestrian efforts over the following three days. Today, though, the White Sox finally figured out how to cook the hot dish while in Detroit, beating the Tigers 5 to 1 in Comerica Park.

Clayton Richard, clearly trying to impress the boss, started the game by throwing first-pitch strikes and looking good. If Clayton plays his cards right, he might get one of the coveted spots on the griddle in Kenny's kitchen.

It didn't hurt Richard's job prospects that the Sox scored five runs in the first two innings. Scott Podsednik led off the 1st against Detroit starter Rick Porcello with an infield single, something that Podsednik is building into an art form. Alexei Ramirez followed with a sharp single to left, and Jermaine Dye followed that by drawing a walk. Rick Porcello is but 20 years old with very limited experience at this level, and was clearly rattled by this offensive burst. Porcello's unease was apparent in the next at-bat, as Jim Thome hit a sharp grounder to Miguel Cabrera at first. Cabrera threw to second to begin a double play, but Porcello was slow getting to first for the throw, making Thome safe. Podsednik and Ramirez scored in all this excitement. 2-0 Sox at this point.

Paul Konerko came to the plate and launched a 3-1 pitch in a magnificent arc into the distant left-field seats, scoring Thome and himself to make in 4-0 Sox at the end of the 1st inning. In the Sox half of the 2nd inning, youthful icon Gordon Beckham showed that he wants to be Paul Konerko when he grows up, hitting a solo homer to the left-field bullpen. 5-0 Sox after 2 innings.

The Tigers got a single from Miguel Cabrera in the 2nd inning, but he was left out to dry. In the Tigers' 3rd inning Curtis Granderson singled to center, but was picked off in a rundown after a remarkably deceptive move by Clayton Richard, who worked the game like a man who wants to keep his job. But the Tigers are a hard-hitting team, and in the bottom of the 5th the enigmatic Magglio Ordonez singled, followed by another single from Miguel Cabrera. Marcus Thames flew deep to center, where the wheels of Scott Podsednik caught up with it for an out. But Ordonez tagged up and advanced to third, from which he scored when Ryan Raburn got a fielder's choice as he grounded to second. At the end of five innings, it's 5-1 Sox, with Richard cruising along.

Young Mr. Porcello lasted 5-1/3 innings, replaced by Zach Miner, and later by Casey Fien, but no matter who or what appeared on the mound for Detroit, the Tigers couldn't score off Clayton Richard or off Tony Pena, who pitched the 9th. Richard pitched eight full innings, giving up only the one run noted above. Nice work. After winning this one, the White Sox are now two games behind the first-place Tigers in the AL Central.

Like any place with a full-service menu, Kenny's Burger Joint might have a stretch where the entrees aren't as good as they should be. But the kitchen staff doesn't give up and tonight they cooked up a tasty blend of sharp pitching and healthy hitting. Pass the toothpicks and mints -- this was a lovely meal.

WSI's
Critic's Corner:
3-1/2 stars for Clayton Richard's great effort tonight. It's good to finally leave Detroit with a win.


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