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A Much Better Start!

May 20th at Minnesota

Today's Free Agency Value:
"Didn't play tonight after the collision yesterday, though thankfully the Sox didn't need him on this night."

Short Take:  The Sox cream the Twinkies with plenty of hitting and good pitching; move to within a game of the Twins for first place.

It was no surprise that entering Thursday's game many fans expected a weak output from the Sox offense. After all, the Sox have a way of following up big offensive performances with letdowns. Factor in coming off a 15 run game on Wednesday, going into Minnesota to face the Twins, and facing Seth Greisinger (who held the Sox to 1 run in 7 innings last time out) and all the factors were there for a White Sox letdown. But the Sox did not let down their fans with their performance on Thursday. Instead, they came out mashing and chased Greisinger early in a 10-3 win.

The first inning looked like it couldn’t get much worse for the Sox. Juan Uribe led off the top half of the inning with a single, then proceeded to get picked off first. Timo Perez reached base on an error, and Frank Thomas singled with 1 out. But Carlos Lee lined into a double play and the Sox came up empty. The Twins didn’t in the bottom half of the inning. The Twins took a similar approach, but the result of their inning was different. After a leadoff single by Lew Ford, Christian Guzman grounded into a double play to erase the runner. But two consecutive singles put runners on 1st and 2nd for Torii Hunter. Tor-I-I did not fail to deliver as he bailed out his team with a two run scoring double. But down 2-0 after the first, the Sox did not back down. Instead, they clubbed the Twinkies right back and left a creamy mass on the Metrodome turf. A Jose Valentin walk led off the Sox big 2nd inning. Back-to-back hits by Paul Konerko and Ross Gload plated Valentin. Joe Crede did not fair so well as he grounded into a double play, but it was enough to score a run. With 2 outs and the game tied, the Sox did not stop. Miguel Olivo reached on an error and Uribe and Perez singled to score Olivo. And then Frank Thomas stepped up to the plate. Thomas, who caught fire on Wednesday night, did not slow down on Thursday. Frank jacked a 3 run blast to left field to finish off the Sox six run 2nd inning.

The Sox never looked back from there. In the 5th inning, back-to-back doubles by Thomas and Lee tacked on another run to push the lead to 7-2. Jacque Jones got that run back in the bottom half of the 5th inning with a solo homer, but that would be all the Twins would get. In the top of the 6th, the Sox got a gift run thanks to a poor play by the Twins. After a leadoff single by Crede, Olivo dropped down a bunt which was fielded by Terry Mulholland. Mulholland spun and fired to first, but hit Olivo with the ball going into right field. Joe Crede came all the way around to score from first base on the play. After that, the Sox added on two more runs on solo home runs by Paul Konerko in the 7th and 9th innings.

The Sox got plenty of offense in this game, but the pitching performed very well. Esteban Loaiza finished going 7 strong innings, allowing 3 runs while striking out 4 and walking 2. Despite only having one 1-2-3 inning, Loaiza was effective in getting out of jams. Such as in the 3rd inning when Loaiza allowed a single and a walk with just 1 out. However, he battled back getting the next two hitters to foul out and fly out respectively to end the inning. When Loaiza exited the game, seemingly having a firm grasp on his 5th win, Cliff Politte took over and recorded a scoreless inning, striking out two. Mike Jackson also got in a quick scoreless inning of relief in the 9th inning to finish out the Sox win.

The Sox now turn their attention to Friday night’s game where they look to take control of the series by winning the first two games of the four game series. Mark Buehrle (3-1 3.99 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Sox and square off against Carlos Silva (5-1 4.01 ERA) for the Twins. Game time is scheduled for 7:10 CDT.

Ozzieball Update:
 Half of the Sox runs came via the long ball, but nonetheless it was nice to see all the Sox players contributing to the offensive outburst.

submitted by Jjav829.

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