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Unlikely Candidate Saves the Day

May 30 at Tampa Bay Rays


Immunity:
Alex Rios, Alexei Ramirez, and Omar Vizquel
Exiled:
Carlos Quentin

Rios, Ramirez, and Vizquel each had multi-hit games and threw some leather, while TCQ was 0-for-3 on the afternoon.

Short Take:   Jake Peavy clearly didn't have his best stuff this afternoon, but managed to notch a win, thanks to an unlikely source.

This was a game the Sox didn't necessarily have to win, but the outcome of it was going to be the difference between a winning road trip and a losing one. With Jake Peavy on the mound, it was uncertain how Sox fans should approach this game. Would they get the Jake Peavy they saw earlier this month, or would it be the Peavy they've seen his last couple times out on the mound? It was the latter Jake Peavy, but fortunately, the offense picked him up and he got the run support he needed and the Sox won by the same score they lost last night, 8-5.

The Sox wasted no time in scoring runs this afternoon, denting the dish twice in the top of the first, courtsey of hits by the first three batters, Juan Pierre, A.J. Pierzynski, and Alex Rios. In the top half of the third, Rios came through again, this time with a solo homerun, his 11th of the season. Peavy gave one of those back in the home half, allowing a solo shot to Ben Zobrist, which cut the Sox lead to 3-1. Jake Peavy ran into trouble in the home half of the fifth when he gave up back-to-back hits to Reid Brignac and Sean Rodriguez. Brignac scored on Zobrist's sacrifice fly, while Rodriguez came around with the tying run on Evan Longoria's base hit.

With the score tied at three, the surprising event of the afternoon came in the top of the sixth at the hands of an extremely unlikely candidate. Jayson Nix, who had replaced Mark Teahen at third defensively, came to the plate with the bases loaded and one RBI to his credit all season. Earlier in the inning, Paul Konerko walked, Mark Kotsay hit a ball that was just fair down the right field line, and Carlos Quentin was hit by a pitch, loading the bases with nobody out. After fighting off a few from Rays' starter, James Shields (5-3), Jayson Nix did the unthinkable. Not only did he hit his first home run of the season, but it was the first grand slam of his career, and saw his RBI total jump from one to five with just one swing. Once the shock had worn off, it became clear that the Sox were right where they wanted to be, but it would be up to Peavy and the bullpen to hold the score at 7-3.

Peavy (4-4) saw his struggles continue, not being able to get out of the sixth. Sergio Santos was called upon after one batter had been retired. Santos gave up two hits, but the runs were charged to Peavy, who will again see his ERA rise. Despite the five earned runs on ten hits he surrendered in just 5 1/3 inning, he managed to earn his fourth victory of the season, thanks mostly to the offense. With the score 7-5, the Sox added an insurance run off of Andy Sonnanstine. With one out, he allowed back-to-back hits to Alexei Ramirez and Omar Vizquel, whose double drove Ramirez home and made the score the eventual final, 8-5. Kudos also go to the Sox's bullpen, who held the Rays scoreless for the last three innings of the ballgame.

After today's victory at Tropicana Field, the Sox find themselves 22-28 and 7 1/2 games behind the division-leading Twins, contingent on the outcome of Minnesota's game tonight. Tomorrow is a much-needed off day for the South Siders, who will get to enjoy Memorial Day in Chicago. Tuesday night, the Sox begin a nine-game homestand, featuring the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, and Detriot Tigers for three games each. The Sox will send Mark Buehrle (3-5, 4.38 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday night against the Rangers' Rich Harden (2-1, 5.14 ERA). The first pitch is set for 7:10p CDT at U.S. Cellular Field and the game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet.

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 A 4-3 road trip to Cleveland and Tampa is a nice way to end the month of May.


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