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A for Effort, F for Timing

September 7, vs. Boston


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Short Take: Mark Buehrle wins for first time since perfect game and Sox show life by taking 3 of 4 from Boston, but with only 23 games left in season, it's too little, too late.

Where, oh where was this in August?  Staring down the barrel of an 8-game deficit with 24 games left on the schedule entering today's 4-game series finale with the Red Sox, all the Sox can do is take care of the teams on their schedule, which they did today as a big game from Mark Kotsay and late homer from Carlos Quentin helped earn Mark Buehrle his well anticipated first win since tossing a perfect game in July.  While taking 3 of 4 from the usually formidable Red Sox feels good, here's some sobering math; even if the Tigers only win 10 more games this year and finish 85-61, the Sox would have to win 16 of their last 23 just to force a tie; or .700 baseball from now until October 4.  Sorry, Sox fans, it's nice to feel a pulse again coming from 35th & Shields, and I'll look forward to 2010, but it's going to take a couple of miracles to pull this rabbit out of a hat.

Facing Buehrle was Josh Beckett, whom the White Sox had never beat in his Major League career, but Beckett had been struggling as of late.  When the Red Sox drew first blood in the 1st inning on a bloop single by Kevin Youkilis to score Jacoby Ellsbury it sure looked like it might be another of the characteristic losses/no decisions Mark Buehrle had been earning over the last few weeks.  Though Buehrle settled down and faced only 1 batter over the minimum the next few innings, would the bullpen have their standard implosion this Labor Day, or would the offense not show up at all?

It certainly looked like the latter early, as the Sox put the lead-off man on the first two innings and both times failed to move him more than 90 feet, but in the third, the Sox finally got on the board, after Jayson Nix took one for the team and Scott Podsednik singled to lead off the inning, a sacrifice bunt by Alexei Ramirez (I know!) put a pair of runners in scoring position for A.J. Pierzynski, who didn't break the game open, but still got the job done, tying the game with a groundout to short.  After a walk and wild pitch, Mark Kotsay singled sharply to center field against his old mates, his 2nd hit in as many at bats in a rare start for the productive role player who, judging by Ozzie's comments, may be a part of the team's immediate future.  Kotsay's pair of RBI put the Sox up to stay, but he was gunned down at the plate on a close play to end the inning following a double by Carlos Quentin.

Quentin made up for being robbed of an RBI, however, as he put the final runs on the board in the 8th inning, taking Hideki Okajima deep to left field for a 2-out, 2-run blast, his 16th of the season.  Tony Pena and Matt Thornton each pitched an inning of perfect relief to back up Buehrle, who went 7 strong innings, allowing just the one run and scattering 8 hits while punching out 4, for the lefty's first victory in quite some time.

The win does chip 1/2 game off the lead of the idle Tigers, and keeps the Sox pace with the also victorious Minnesota Twins, who they trail by a game for 2nd place in the division.  The Sox are also now again on the cusp of .500 baseball at 69-70 with the Oakland A's coming to town for a brief, 2-game series tomorrow and Wednesday night.  Tomorrow night, first pitch is the standard 7:11 PM Central time as Carlos Torres faces off with A.J.'s bestest friend in the whole wide world, Brett Tomko.  If A.J.'s offer of $100 per homer off his former teammate in San Francisco still stands, expect some swings for the fences.

WSI's Critic's Corner:  4 stars... Taking 3 of 4 from one of the A.L. East powerhouses is nice, but the shine dulls a bit when you look at the standings.


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