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Buehrle blanks Tribe!

July 21, at Cleveland

Today's Free Agency Value:
"2-2, hit by a pitch, walked, and scored two runs. Steppin' up against the divisional rival. That's money in the bank. Cha-ching, baby!"

Short Take: Near perfect performance by Buehrle overshadows 14-run, 19-hit explosion as Sox put Indians in their place.

Mark Buehrle needed to face only 27 Indian hitters to get the 27 outs he needed. In not only one of his best performances in his career, but one of the best in recent White Sox memory, Buehrle carried a perfect game into the 7th inning and eventually allowed only two baserunners as he dominated the Tribe. On the flip side, Cliff Lee, one of the better young lefties, was roughed up for 7 runs and 9 hits in only 4 innings as the Sox pummeled Cleveland, 14-0.

To say Buehrle was remarkable is to redefine remarkable for the worse. He was simply on top of his game, fooling a young and good offense all night long. His attempt for a perfect game was spoiled in the 7th, after 19 up and 19 down, on a soft single up the middle from Sox killer Omar Vizquel. Buehrle, who was stymied by Joe Torre and the American League earlier in the month in favor of five Indian All-Stars, including pitchers C.C. Sabathia and late-addition Jake Westbrook, put on a show worthy of All-Star status at Jacobs Field.

To add to the collective sanity of Sox fans, the offense was firing on all cylinders against a lefty who had given them fits all year. They scored early and often. Aaron Rowand lead off the game with a double and came around to score on a Carlos Lee single. Magglio Ordonez, who walked earlier, scored on a single by Carl Everett, and Lee chugged home on a sacrifice fly. Little did the 21,000 in attendance and countless others tuning in know that there would be more to come, but this one’s fate was already sealed.

Even more encouraging, the White Sox who have lived and died by the longball in recent years, managed to score a majority of their runs with clutch hits and smallball-style offense. Though Carlos Lee did take Cliff Lee deep twice, the Sox only scored 5 runs on homers (Jose Valentin added another). Every starter had a hit with the exception of the slumping Juan Uribe, but he reached when he was hit by a pitch in the ninth and came around to score on a single by Aaron Rowand.

Simply put, this game was huge. With the next 20 or so games to be played against intradivisional rivals, (fingers crossed) the Sox may have picked a great time to get hot. Even better, if this one didn’t put Chief Wahoo’s collection of punks and nobodies in their place, nothing will. To say the Sox merely crushed the Tribe is to say that an 18-wheeler would only crush an ant. This was a pure and utter depantsing in every way possible.

And, we have to mention this, but former Sox closer Bobby Howry resurfaced from baseball’s dark underbelly, giving up three hits and a run in 2.1 innings of work.

This clearly was one of the best games of the year. Buehrle was on his game, the offense was clicking like a well-oiled machine, and the cherry on top was the fact that it all happened in Cleveland; a former little shop of horrors for the Sox. Add that the plucky young Indians have remained at the tail end of the divisional race and this night was nearly perfect, had Twins not put up 12 runs on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to remain a half game ahead of the Sox’s pace.

Tomorrow night, the Pale Hose and Tribe meet for the second of the two-game set. With a win, the Sox would return to U.S. Cellular Field with a 4-4 record on their first road trip of the second half, and after last weekend’s embarrassing display in Oakland, to come home .500 would certainly be a welcomed surprise. Freddy Garcia gets the unlucky assignment of following up Buehrle’s brilliant outing, as he faces “The Tilted Hat Wonder,” C.C. Sabathia. Game time is 6:05 Central Time and the game will be broadcast over WCIU-Channel 26.

Ozzieball Update:
Usually when the Sox tally 14 runs, you expect them to have more tha 3 home runs, but tonight's game was a demonstration of how good an offensive machine this team is when everything is clicking. Clutch hits, sacrifices, and moving runners up mixed with a little longball always goes down smooth for Sox fans.

submitted by doublem23.

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