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Buehrle Blows Up, Bullpen Comes to the Rescue

June 6 vs. Cleveland Indians


Immunity:
Tony Peña
Exiled:
Mark Buehrle

Tony Peña saved the afternoon with three innings of scoreless relief, but he wouldn't have had to do that if Buehrle would start pitching like the staff ace we believe he is!

Short Take:   Mark Buehrle hasn't looked good in his last several starts, and today was no exception, as he hit the showers after the third inning. Tony Peña and the offense bailed him out, though, taking Buehrle off the hook.

There was one record that resonated in the minds of Sox fans on this sunny June afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field -- 3-8. This 3-8 record was the result of the eleven games the Sox have played against the Cleveland Indians so far this season, and in the beginning, it looked like the Sox would see that record drop to 3-9. However, thanks to excellent pitching out of the bullpen from Tony Peña, J.J. Putz (1-2), Matt Thornton, and Bobby Jenks (yes, you read that correctly), the Sox not only got Mark Buehrle off the hook, but saw their record against the Indians "improve" to 4-8 with their 8-7 victory.

Mark Buehrle was throwing batting practice out on the mound this afternoon and before my seat was even warm, the Sox were down 3-0. After Buehrle got Travis Crowe on a ground out to lead off the game, he surrendered consecutive hits to Shin-Soo Choo, Austin Kearns, Jhonny Peralta, and Shelley Duncan. Just like that, the Indians were up 3-0. Thing got better in the home half when Paul Konerko hit his 17th homerun of the season with Omar Vizquel on base, but they were still down 3-2.

The Indians were held scoreless in the second, but the top of the third was a different story, as Mark Buehrle resumed his poor pitching. With Luis Valbuena and Matt LaPorta on base, and only one out, Lou Marson put one in the left field seats. The score was now 6-2 and it was like the life had been sucked right out of the ballpark.

Lost in the shuffle of Buehrle's poor outing was the outstanding relief pitching from Tony Peña and Co. Peña's three innings of scoreless relief kept the game within reach for the Sox. Just when it seemed the Sox were out of this one and it looked as though they were going to be swept by the Indians, the Sox went to work and things got interesting off of Jake Westbrook (3-3). The Sox added one in the bottom of the fourth, making it a 6-3 game, but in the fifth, three more crossed the plate. Alexei Ramirex and Gordon Beckham hit back-to-back singles and moved up 90' on Juan Pierre's sacrifice. Omar Vizquel's sacrifice fly made it a 6-4 game, and Beckham scored the fifth run, courtesy of Alex Rios' base hit. Paul Konerko walked and then Mark Kotsay came through with a base hit, scoring Rios and tying the game. Suddenly, the Sox were back in it!

The home half of the seventh was a good inning for the Sox, as they put themselves in excellent position to win this ballgame. With Juan Pierre and Alex Rios having reached base on a single and a walk, respectively, Carlos Quentin came through with a base hit to center, scoring both Pierre and Rios, and giving the Sox an 8-6 advantage. They saw their lead dwindle down to just one run in the eighth when Matt Thornton was tagged for a run, but Bobby Jenks was called on in the ninth to nail down the save and retired the Indians in order, sealing the victory for the Sox.

Being it's a Monday in June, tomorrow is another off day for the Sox. Tuesday night, the Sox will begin a three-game series with the Detriot Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field. Pitching for the Sox will be Gavin Floyd (2-6, 6.64 ERA) and he will oppose Detroit's Armando Galarraga (2-1, 2.57 ERA). The first pitch will be at 7:10p CDT at U.S. Cellular Field and the game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet.

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 Though the Sox have won on back-to-back Sundays, that does not excuse the fact that they dropped another series to the Indians this weekend.


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