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Sox overcome horsecrap umpiring

May 26 at Cleveland


Immunity:
Mark Teahen
Exiled:
Bobby Jenks

I thought Teahen's two-out, two-run single was the biggest hit of the game. With that hit, Teahen picked up a teammate (Carlos Quentin) who had just struck out with the bases loaded. To Jenks' credit, he pitched out of a big jam, but it was a mess of his own making.

Short Take: Idiot umpire Joe West ejects Mark Buehrle in the third inning, but Tony Pena's work in long relief lifts the Sox to a series win in Cleveland.

What do we have to do to get "Country" Joe West fired? He's perhaps the worst umpire in all of MLB and has been for years. I'd like to send him back to the "Country," preferably a Third World country with a high rate of poverty and disease.

West ejected Sox manager Ozzie Guillen in the second inning Wednesday. Then, he ejected Sox starting pitcher Mark Buehrle in the third inning. Fortunately, relief pitcher Tony Pena (1-1) came on and tossed four scoreless innings, and the Sox managed to come away with a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

The controversy started in the second inning when Buehrle was called for a balk with Matt LaPorta on first base. The call was, um, borderline at best. When Guillen came out to ask for an explanation, West waved him off and told him not to come out on the field. What!!!???? Why can't a manager ask an umpire for an explanation? Are umpires beyond reproach? I would like to think not. Guillen rightfully went nuts and was tossed from the game. The Sox skipper tore up his lineup card, leaving West to pick the debris up off the field.

Tempers flared again in the third when West made sure everyone in the ballpark knew who was in charge. After Jason Donald reached on an infield hit, Buehrle tossed over to first base three straight times, perhaps in an attempt to show West that he wasn't deterred from trying a pickoff move. On the third toss, West called yet another balk. Replay showed that this was an ATROCIOUS call. West obviously allowed his ego to get in the way of all sense of fairness. Buehrle tossed his glove in frustration and was immediately ejected from the game, despite not saying a word. Surprise, surprise.

It's worth noting that Buehrle has been called for only one balk in the last three seasons combined. Today, he was called for two in two innings. The last Sox pitcher to be called for two balks in one game was Scott Radinsky, on June 8, 1993. Of Guillen's 22 career ejections, three have been by "Country Joe," who obviously had a personal vendetta against the White Sox. Yes, I'm questioning the integrity of an umpire. Go ahead and fine my ass.

Moving on, the Sox jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three runs in the fourth. Paul Konerko's RBI single scored Alex Rios with the first run of the game. Later, with two outs and the bases loaded, Mark Teahen delivered a clutch two-run single off Indians loser Jake Westbrook (2-3) to cap the rally.

Randy Williams, who had relieved Buehrle, got in trouble in the bottom of the inning. Cleveland placed runners on second and third with no outs, but Pena came on to put out the fire. He allowed just one of the inherited runners to score, and he gave up nothing else over the next three innings either. Mark Kotsay added a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Sox up 5-1.

Alas, things got a little too interesting in the ninth as Sox closer Bobby Jenks gave up a double, a walk, a single, a bases-loaded walk and a two-run single in succession to make it 5-4. After a sac bunt and an intentional walk, the Indians had the bases loaded and only one out. With the tying run on third and the winning run on second, Jenks finally got tough and struck out Austin Kearns and induced Russell Branyan to fly out to left to end the game.

The win puts the Sox (20-26) at 2-1 on this seven-game road trip. Next up, a trip to Tampa Bay for a four-game set with the best team in the American League so far, the Rays (32-14). Gavin Floyd (2-4, 6.31 ERA) will be on the mound for the South Siders Thursday night. His mound opponent will be tall right-hander Jeff Niemann (4-0, 2.54 ERA). The game begins at 6:10. You can watch on Comcast SportsNet.

WSI's
TBGR Diary:
Good job to get the win in spite of Joe West today. I have to admit, I wasn't real optimistic when Buehrle got tossed so early in the game. Pena really did a helluva job. He got the win and he deserved it.


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