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Rios Swings It, Gavin Brings It

May 22nd against the Florida Marlins


Immunity:
Alex Rios
Exiled:
Matt Thornton

Alex was the entire offense until the eighth inning, with 3 RBIs. Gotta love the way he's swinging the bat and the leather. But Matt Thornton looked like he lost the instruction manual today -- we need you buddy, so figure it out.

Short Take:Gavin Floyd threw more pitches than necessary, but they worked, as the White Sox once again reeled in the Marlins 4-1.

The marlin is a large, fast-moving fish common off the waters of Florida. Today though, the White Sox were the fast-moving creatures off the waters of Lake Michigan, beating the Florda Marlins 4-1 on Boy Scout day at U.S. Cellular Field. Gavin Floyd threw a lot of pitches, but got through 6-1/3 innings giving up the Marlins' lone run as part of this year's interleague exercise.

Floyd's mound opponent, Chris Volstad, entered the game with an undistinguished 3-4 record, though it looked better on paper than Gavin Floyd's 1-4. But we know that Floyd has the tools and the talent, and he pulled it out long enough today to get the win.

Floyd looked shaky in the first two innings, giving up two hits and a walk while racking up the pitch count. He did pick up three strikeouts in those first two innings and didn't give up any runs, so no harm no foul. The Sox made things happen in the third when our own falling star, Gordon Beckham, got an infield single and a stolen base, putting him on second for Alex Rios to drive in on a single two outs later. 1-0 Sox at the end of the third inning.

It was the Beckham and Rios show again in the fifth. Golden Gordham took one for the team and was awarded first after being hit by a Volstad breaking ball. Two outs later, just like clockwork, Alex Rios hit a ka-boomer of a home run into the left-field seats, making it 3-0 Sox at the end of five. This guy Rios might work out after all, eh?

Floyd figured out the strike zone and was cruising until the seventh. He gave up a hit to Wes Helms and an RBI single to Cameron Maybin, and Ozzie the Wise had seen enough. Matt Thornton came in, and was uncharacteristically wild, walking Chris Coghlan. Clearly something was out of order, and Thornton was promptly replaced by J.J. Putz who retired the next two Marlin hitters to end the inning. So now it's 3-1 Sox in the middle of the seventh, and we're getting nervous.

Not to worry, though. This year's Cinderella story, Sergio Santos, came in to pitch the eighth and added to his remarkable string of no-run innings, holding the Miami Minnows scoreless for a critical inning. In the bottom of the frame, Paul Konerko led off with a single and made it to second on a groundout to the firstbaseman by Mark Kotsay. The reenergized Carlos Quentin doubled, sending the semi-speedy Konerko a-chuggin' home for the Sox' fourth run. Cushions feel good, and 4-1 after eight feels more cushiony than 3-1.

The problematic Bobby Jenks was brought in to pitch the ninth, a familiar pose for the big guy. Today he looked like the Jenks of legend, getting a strikeout and a couple of weak contacts for outs to end the inning, the game, and the anxiety of thousands of Boy Scouts and their parents who have seen some of the knots Jenks has tied for himself this year. A White Sox winner, and a series win -- it's all good.

Get the sweep tomorrow, gentlemen, and let's have a reprise of 1983 when that version of our heroes came back from a 16-24 record to win 99 games and their division. It can be done.

WSI's
TBGR Diary:
Alex Rios and Sergio Santos give me reasons to smile this year. I'm standing by for Beckham to wake up, though.


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