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Just Enough to Win!

July 10th vs Seattle


Today's Free Agency Value:
$11,400,000
"Took his first 0'fer since his return, but it was only his second game back."

Short Take:† Buehrle pitches well for the 3rd straight start and gets just enough runs to pick up the win.

The pitching match-up for the middle game of the weekend series versus the Mariners seemed to clearly favor the White Sox. Mark Buehrle was taking to the rubber for the Sox coming off two fabulous outings against the Twins and Cubs. The Mariners, meanwhile, were sending 27 year old rookie Matt Thornton to the mound. Thornton was making his first start of the year and that used to spell disaster for the Sox. But this year the Sox seem to perform much better against pitchers they havenít seen as opposed to previous years. With Buehrle on the mound, it looked as if the Sox would only have to score a few runs to get a win. Luckily they scored just enough in a 3-2 victory over the Mís.

While Buehrle has only surrendered three runs in his past two starts, early on he looked like he might not fair as well today. In the 1st inning Buehrle made quick work of the leadoff hitter Randy Winn. But he allowed the first run to score via a Bret Boone base hit (which scored Jolbert Cabrera who reached on a double). Buehrle proceeded to escape trouble using a pitcherís best friend, a double play, something which he used several times tonight. Edgar Martinez grounded into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play. In the 2nd inning Paul Konerko drew the game even. Konerko took the first pitch he saw and deposited it over the center field fence for a game tying solo homer. Buehrle allowed the leadoff man in the 3rd to reach on a bunt single. But he quickly erased the runner by picking him off. That saved him a run, and possibly the game, because the next batter doubled and came around to score to give the Mís the 2-1 advantage. The game stayed the same until the 5th inning when Matt Thorntonís wildness finally cost him.

If you were to look at Matt Thorntonís hit total for the day you would think he pitched very well. Thornton allowed just 3 White Sox hits, but lost the game because he struggled to throw strikes. That finally cost him the game in the 5th inning. After a quick first out, Juan Uribe walked and Aaron Rowand singled. Magglio Ordonez moved the runners to 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs. But from there, Thornton didnít throw a strike for 10 straight pitches. That span included a four pitch walk to Carlos Lee to load the bases, and a four pitch walk to Paul Konerko to force in the tying run. After throwing two more balls to Joe Crede, Thornton finally managed to get a pitch over the plate. But that didnít last because two pitches later Crede walked to bring in the go-ahead run. Joe Borchard, starting in right field and making his 2004 debut, put together a solid at-bat but ultimately popped out to leave the bases loaded. Buehrle continued to keep the Mís down and used the double play to end both the 7th and 8th innings. Shingo entered the game in the 9th and put together a 1-2-3 save including two Kís to secure the Sox win.

The Sox will look to carry momentum into the All Star break with a sweep tomorrow. Freddy Garcia starts for the Sox against his former mates with Jamie Moyer taking the mound for the Mariners. The game is scheduled to start at 2:05 CDT.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
†Borchard starts in right and Valentin bats 8th. Only 3 hits for the Sox but it was enough to win.


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