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BURLYBALL!

June 26 At Twinkies


Today's temperature:
102
"A big series win is helpful. Sox have two more huge series to go before things get easier. Jerry needs to keep the team focused."

Short Take: BurlyMon takes a bite out of the Twinkies. Hey, where's the cream filling?

Well, even counting the fact that it was only one game out of 162, this one was big. The Sox had lost last night in very disappointing fashion and another loss today would have turned a possible series sweep into a season crushing series loss and left them 6.5 games behind division leader and favorite Minnesota. Not to worry Sox fans, Mark Buehrle - after publicly complaining about the Baggiedome earlier in the week - was simply dominating. In a must win game, he pitched like the Ace the team and fans expected and needed and the Sox win a series in Minnesota.

The game started out predictably enough with both pitchers dominating early on. Neither team did much the first 3 innings, but in the 4th the Sox strung together 3 straight hits with two outs. The middle one by D'Angelo Jimenez was a double with Sandy Alomar (welcome back) coming all the way around from first to score. When Aaron Rowand followed that double with a single the Sox led 2-0. Meanwhile, Mark Buehrle continued to cruise along. He allowed only 3 baserunners through 6 innings - only one of those a hit and that on a weak infield chopper. The Sox got 3 more in the top of the 6th and again it all started with two outs. Magglio Ordonez singled and Brian Daubach did also. Jose "Twin Killer" Valentin smacked a hard grounder up the middle and the turf took it almost all the way to the warning track. The Twins tried to get Daubach at the plate but threw the ball away and Jose - having taken third on the throw home walked in when the ball went into the stands. The Sox led 5-0. Now all that was left was for BurlyMon to make it stand up. He did. Using an assortment of nasty off-speed stuff and hard cutting breaking balls, Mark had Twinkie hitters waving at air all game long. He gave up a hit in the 7th and 8th and two in the 9th - finally allowing a run, but Valentin's nice recovery and throw on a TorIIIIIII Hunter grounder - that Buehrle had changed the direction of - kept the inning from getting out of hand. Buehrle struck out the second to last guy and recorded the final putout himself - covering first on a grounder to Paul Konerko. The Sox have won the series! The Sox have won the series! At least it felt like that kind of a moment to the fans who have watched this team crumble, stumble and bumble their ways to loss after loss in that hellhole of a stadium these last few years.

What are you going to say about Mark Buehrle. He pitched a complete game, throwing 127 pitches, recording a season high 9 strikeouts and keeping the Twinkies guessing all game long. Keep it going Mark, the Sox are going to need you if they are going to make a run at the division title. Paul Konerko continues his season long funk, but the bats in general were ready to go. All of those two out rallies made Sox fans wonder if the Sox were using ringers. For once the Baggiedome worked to their advantage and cost the Twinkies. One minor flashback as Carlos Lee nearly lost a flyball in the white ceiling with one on and one out in the fifth, but he recovered in time to make the play and all the bad karma that has plagued the Sox in Minnesota seemed to melt away. Of course, maybe that was just the steam coming off of Mark Buehrle...

Well the flubbies and our bestest bud Corky come to the southside tomorrow on an "8-mile roadtrip" of their own. With the Sox sending Wright, Loaiza and Colon to the mound. Hopefully the Sox can continue the timely hitting and win another series. Maybe one of these days they will actually break out the brooms, but one step at a time. This cake was very sweet, now let's get some icing...

WSI's
Tinkerer Update:
 Rowand in CF batting second drives in a big two-out run. No Frank Thomas and Paul "Am I benched or not?" Konerko does not justify the move going hitless. Buehrle is allowed to finish the game even though it took him 127 pitches.


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