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Gavin, Can You Pitch Every Game?

September 5th vs. the Boston Red Sox


KW's Daily Special:
Boston Creamed Pie
Gavin Floyd whipped the Red Sox hitters like meringue. Tasty, indeed.

Short Take:Gavin Floyd reminds us how pitching is supposed to work, as the White Sox knock off the Red Sox 5-1.

The seasonal menus at Kenny's Burger Joint have long been popular. One of those is the September Shutdown, which offers heavy portions of tasty pitching with just the right amount of well-spiced hitting. Gavin Floyd was at the griddle in Kenny's kitchen today for the 5-1 White Sox win over the Red Sox, and he showed why he should be designated a master chef. Head chef Ozzie Guillen was so impressed with what Floyd was dishing out that he let him run the griddle for eight full innings. Because after 11 strikeouts, no walks, and one run on three hits, the customers keep asking for more.

Pitching for the ESPN house team was Tim Wakefield, he of the magical mystery pitch. Knuckleball pitchers are peculiar creatures. They often move languorously, as if they just woke up from a sound sleep. Their pitches aren't thrown, really, they're sort of pushed in a way that suggests the pitcher is playing a game of darts. The ball bobs and weaves in ways that nobody, including the pitcher, can predict. Wakefield has made a lucrative career at this exercise, oddly hypnotizing batters with his tumbling, terpsichorean baseball tricks.

Some games the ruse works, and the dodging, dancing ball mystifies the hitters, making Wakefield look heroic. Other times the ball chooses to go its own way and the hitters wait for ball four or whack it when it doesn't skip and jump. Today was one of those days. The White Sox hitters noticed that instead of doing their usual Cha-Cha, Wakefield's pitches were doing the Stroll. Since the ball didn't move much when it was in the strike zone, hits happened.

In the White Sox first inning, Scott Podsednik led off with a single, then promptly stole second on Wakefield's wagon-wheel motion. Rookie Of The Year cinch Gordon Beckham left the game in the first with a stiff back and was replaced by Jason Nix, who patiently waited for ball four. A.J. Pierzynski expertly bunted them to second and third. Paul Konerko singled them both home, and Mark Kotsay followed with another walk. Chris Getz singled, scoring Konerko. 3-0 White Sox after one inning.

Wakefield seemed to get his wobbly pitches under control after that, giving up no more hits until the sixth. That's when Mark Kotsay, apparently having inside information about the Red Sox after recently escaping from their clutches, launched a solo homer into the right field seats. Six innings was enough for Wakefield, and he left after that inning to try his hand at card tricks instead. Ramon Ramirez and Hideki Okajima finished the game for the New England Nabobs, but not until Paul Konerko had his own moment with a solo homer in the eighth.

Meanwhile, Gavin Floyd gave a pitching clinic for eight full innings. No walks, 11 strikeouts, and only three hits. One of those hits was an eighth-inning solo homer by Jason Bay, giving the Beantown Boys their only run. Floyd had a perfect game going for 5-2/3 innings until Nick Green's one-out single in the sixth. A masterful performance, and when closing time came to Kenny's Joint in the ninth, head bouncer Bobby Jenks was dispatched to dismiss the Boston intruders.

Four in a row, and still a few weeks to go before another season wraps up at Kenny's Burger Joint. If you like your scoring tasty, your pitching spicy, and your beer cold, Kenny's Joint was the place to be today. Check, please!

WSI's
Critic's Corner:
Maximum stars. Gavin Floyd is The Man, and the White Sox are learning how to hit. Better late then never, eh?


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