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Blue Jays Lay an Egg

July 7th vs. the Toronto Blue Jays


Today's Sox Crew:
Precision Trim Work
The Sox Crew showed their mastery of fine detail as they followed the lead of shift leader Gavin Floyd in keeping the building clear of foreign clutter as they applied two runs to the big board.

Short Take:Gavin Floyd allowed no runs as the White Sox sent the Blue Jays flapping, 2-0, on Orgullo Sox Day on the South Side.

The White Sox celebrated Orgullo Sox day at casa del Bridgeport with a 2-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Gavin Floyd took his cue from the past week of cook-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk temperatures and showed himself to be a real hombre caliente himself as he limited the angry birds to four hits through 7-2/3 innings.

Gavin Floyd has long frustrated me with his consistent inconsistency, his seeming inability to throw strikes when he's behind in the count, and the molasses-dripping pace he keeps when he's on the mound. He showed a few glimpses of that today but snapped out of it before the Canadian Club could capitalize on it. He's reminiscent of Britt Burns, a talented pitcher for the Sox in the early 1980s, who was brilliant at times but was so languorous in his work that you'd have time to finish your beer before he threw the next pitch. "C'mon! Let's play ball," a wag shouts at Floyd as he stands there as if he's trying to remember where he left his keys.

Your humble TBGR correspondent attended today's game and found himself doodling on his scorecard as he waited for Floyd to make the next pitch. But Floyd put various nerves at rest as he retired one hitter after another, causing the bluebirds to lay a big egg as the crowd listened to tuneful Mariachi music. But let's not keep Gavin him a hard time. He won the game and that's what counts. And speaking of what counts, let's review how the Sox scored those two runs.

Scattered hits and runners left in scoring position were the order of the day until the fifth inning. Alexei Ramirez, another hombre caliente who was honored with his own bobblehead today, led off with a single. He was moved to second on a sacrifice by Orlando Hudson, setting the stage for Kevin Youkilis.

Youk, where have you been all my life? Condemned to years toiling in self-important and overpriced Boston, putting up with Chris Berman drooling all over the ballpark, Youkilis was released from captivity and came to the South Side where he was allowed to do what he does best: flash leather, inject energy, and redefine the word "clutch" for White Sox fans. It was this same Kevin Youkilis who launched a majestic arc of a home run over the center-field wall, scoring the two runs that would prove sufficient to carry the day.

Meanwhile, the blue fellows moped along, ultimately facing Matt Thornton for the last four outs of the game. In the ninth, Jose Bautista hit a line drive to left that Dayan Viciedo lost in the sun. The ball rolled to the wall and was relayed to Alexei Ramirez, who fired to third where Youklis put the tag on the inexplicably running Bautista. Bautista leaped to his feet in indignation, but the man in blue had no time for conversation. Another strikeout later and Thornton had wrapped it up.

How about this? Here we are bumping up to the All-Star Break with the Sox securely in first place and playing games like they mean it, with gutsy pitching. That's the real mark of an hombre caliente, even if he does take too long between pitches.

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