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Birds Handle Buehrle

August 23 vs. Baltimore Orioles


KW's Daily Special:
Underdone Steak
This underachieving team can't be perceived in any other way except as undercooked meat.

Short Take:   The Sox fought their way back in this one late, but came up short.

For the first time in what seems like quite awhile, it was a perfect afternoon for baseball on the south side. The sun was shining, it was finally warm, and the Sox were throwing Mark Buehrle in this afternoon's contest. Unfortunately, Buehrle hadn't won since that magical Perfect Game he threw last month, and that streak continued this afternoon. He scattered eleven hits in his 5 1/3 innings of work, so it was clear that he struggled. His teammates couldn't help him out enough offensively, so Buehrle and the Sox took it on the chin this afternoon, 5-4.

Things started out rocky for Buehrle right off the bat when Brian Roberts led off the game with a double. Robert Andino struck out swinging, then Adam Jones drove Roberts home with his base hit, giving the Orioles the very early 1-0 lead. The Sox came back in the home half of the first, though, thanks to two Baltimore errors. Scott Podsednik reached base on an error and stole second, then came home on the throwing error by Melvin Mora. Gordon Beckham was safe at second, thanks to the throwing error, but was unable to dent home plate because Alex Rios struck out, Jim Thome flied out, and Paul Konerko grounded out. Regardless, the game was tied at one.

The Orioles scored three more in the third. Brian Roberts was at it again, leading off with a single and stealing second shortly after. Roberts then went to third on Andino's ground out, then scored on Felix Pie's sacrifice fly. Nick Markakis, who always seems to hit the Sox hard, reached on an infield single to short stop, then scored a few minutes later when Nolan Reimold went deep to left. All of a sudden, it was a 4-1 ballgame and things were looking bleek for the White Sox and the 32,000+ in attendance. The Orioles added one more in the fifth with two outs when Felix Pie homered to right; 5-1.

The White Sox scored a couple in the home half of the fifth. With two out, Brent Lillibridge walked, then stole second. Scotty Pods followed with a ground rule double, scoring Lillibridge. Gordon Beckham hit a a single to right, scoring Podsednik and it was a 5-3 game in favor of Baltimore. The Sox seemed to be on their way back into this one, as they mustered up one more tally in the ninth. Paul Konerko led off the inning with a double, but the Carlos Quentin went down on strikes. With one out, Alexei Ramirez singled, moving Konerko ever so close to home. With runners at first and third, A.J. Pierzynski hit for Ramon Castro and grounded out to short, but Konerko scored the Sox's fourth run. It just wasn't enough, as Mark Kotsay, who batted for Brent Lillibridge, went down on strikes to end the game.

As for what's next, the Sox are embarking on their most difficult road trip of the season- Boston, New York, and Minnesota. Jose Contreras (5-11, 5.13) will start off this tough trip in Boston and will face Clay Buchholz (2-3, 3.99). The first pitch will be thrown at 6:10p CDT at Fenway Park, and the game will be broadcast on WCIU.

WSI's
Critic's Corner:
 One star for the one measley win they managed against a team like the Orioles.


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