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June 1 vs. Seattle Mariners


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Gordon Beckham jacked two homers, and Foreman Dunn followed up Beckham's second with one of his own. However, the little things worked as well, as the big difference was made by huge two-out hits from Alexei Ramirez and Alejandro De Aza a half-inning after the Mariners clawed back to tie it up.

Short Take: The Sox capitalize on an a misplayed fly ball by Michael Saunders that misses his glove but not his face, and the Sox run their winning streak to nine games.

After a perfect 6-0 road trip where they swept two teams in front of them in the standings, the Sox trekked back to the Cell to play host to the mildly resurgent Seattle Mariners. The Mariners had scored 31 runs their last two games against Texas, so these weren't the same Mariners that batted 0-27 against Philip Humber. Even so, the Sox are the hottest team in the league, and they showed they didn't need no stinkin' perfect game to win this game, as they used some clutch hits and parlayed an embarrassing error by Mariner CF Michael Saunders into the difference in the 7-4 ballgame.

Jake Peavy got the start for the South Siders,and he was nearly untouchable for the first 6 innings, as he only gave up a couple of walks and one base hit through the first six innings. The Sox jumped out to a very fast start, as after Alejandro De Aza got plunked to start the Sox half of the first, Gordon Beckham ripped a home run to stake the Sox to a 2-0 lead. The long ball would again be a factor in the bottom of the 5th, as Beckham hit a solo shot for his second bomb of the game and seventh of the season. That wasn't all, as Adam Dunn followed up with a blast of his own, his 17th of the season, to put the Sox up by four. With the way Peavy was dealing, it seemed to be more than enough.

Alas, it wasn't. Peavy ran into trouble in the 7th, as after Mariner 2B Dustin Ackley hit a leadoff double, 3B Kyle Seager hit a two-run bomb to cut the deficit in half. After allowing a walk, Peavy was pulled for Matt Thornton, who surpassed Bobby Thigpen for most career pitching appearances in Sox history with this relief appearance. He got out of the inning allowing no further damage, but he pitched himself into trouble in the 8th. After getting the first out of the inning, he gave up a hit to Ichiro Suzuki, who subsequently stole second. After walking Dustin Ackley, Thornton allowed a base hit to Seager, who drove in Suzuki and moved Ackley from first to third. Jesse Crain would come in to try to get out of it. He caused Jesus Montero to pop up, but Justin Smoak would get a base hit to drive in Ackley and tie this game up.

Now, in past years with a "certain someone" managing, this situation would cause the offense to go to sleep and generally result in a extra-inning loss. However, this is a new year, new manager, and new Sox team. Paul Konerko would hit a fly ball to deep center that Saunders seemed to have all the way, but then heeded my advice to "catch it with your face, you wuss", as he whiffed on the catch, resulting in the ball bouncing off his cheek. The final result was a two base error, a stinging cheek, and a bruised ego. Rough deal there, Mikey. It kinda reminded me of the old video game "MLB Slugfest", in which you could attempt fancy catches, but if you failed, the ball would bounce off your face/groin/head/etc. Jim Shorts would be proud of that one. After Brent Lillibridge came in to run for Paulie, he'd move over to third on a groundout to the pitcher. A.J. Pierzynski would be intentionally walked to set up the DP. Dayan Viciedo followed up with a foul tip strikeout, and it was up to Alexei Ramirez. When a team is hot, they can do no wrong, and it showed as the Missile hit a slow chopper to the shortstop, Brendan Ryan. He couldn't get the throw off in time, and Lillibridge scored to put the Sox ahead, 5-4! Mercy! Orlando Hudson would load the bases with a walk, and De Aza would put the cherry on top with a two-out, two-RBI base hit to left to make it 7-4. Addison Reed would come in to close it out, and after a Miguel Olivo double, he would leave Olivo at third as he closed out the Sox' ninth straight victory!

The Sox will attempt to make it a double-digit winning streak tomorrow afternoon, as "Gulp" Gavin Floyd will take on Hector "Bombs Away" Noesi in "The Matchup of the ERAs between 5.01 and 5.02". Hopefully the Sox can tag this clown, and Floyd can return to his June-August self (that is, the one that pitches really really good). Alright, boys, you've done it nine straight times already, why not ten? Just win, baby!

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