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Mark mows down M's

April 16, vs. Seattle


How many Grinders did KW use today:
1
"I guess you could make a case for Paul Konerko, but hitting 2 home runs isn't really "grinding" out the win. Hey, sometimes you only need one guy to win."

Short Take: Paul Konerko provides the "O" as Mark Buehrle faces 4 over the minimum and sets new career high in strikeouts en route to complete game win over Seattle.

Most days, when Ryan Franklin holds the White Sox offense to only 2 runs and 4 hits, many ticket holders would complain they didn't get their money's worth because of such a lackluster performance. On Saturday, however, the only reasonable complaint would be that they didn't get their money's worth thanks to Mark Buehrle, who needed only 1:40 to mow through the Mariners line-up en route to a 2-1 win at U.S. Cellular Field.

To say he was dazzling is simply an understatement. He faced only four batters over the minimum, allowing one walk to Bret Boone and three hits to Ichiro Suzuki. He needed only 106 pitches (73 of them, strikes) for the complete game and carried the shut out to the final frame of a game for the second time in 3 starts this season.

The same, unfortunately cannot be said for his eight counterparts, who were stifled all day long by Franklin. Paul Konerko just barely gave Mark the offense needed to win, hitting solo home runs off Frankling in the 2nd and 7th innings. Aside from him, just two other Pale Hose reached base; Joe Crede on a double in the third and Chris Widger on a two-out single in the 5th.

Still, the point is moot because Mark Buehrle is simply the man. After giving up a single to Ichiro to lead off the game, he retired the next 11 batters he faced until he walked Boone. The Mariners would then go 5 more batters before Suzuki reached on another single. After 8 more consecutively retired batters, Suzuki would lead off the ninth with a triple. After Randy Winn went down on strikes, Seattle's big off-season free agent, Adrian Beltre showed off his muscle with a ground out to first to score the speedy Suzuki, but leave Seattle one out shy of defeat, which came only moments later as Buehrle got Bret Boone to strike out to finish the game with 12 Ks, a new single-game career high and raise his record to 2-1 on the young season.

So it appears to be deja vu all over again for the Pale Hose, as for the fourth series in a row, the White Sox win the first two games of a series. Freddy Garcia takes the hill tomorrow against his forrmer team for the second time in his career. He will be faced by Gil Meche. Game time is 2:05 Central time and it will be aired on Comcast Sports Net.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Very little to note this game. Nice move by Ozzie not pulling Mark out in the ninth, even after Ichiro's triple.


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