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The Pride is Back

April 9 at Kansas City

How was the trophy defended today?
Winning the old fashioned way, circa 2005: Pitching and Defense.

Short Take: Mark Buehrle helps get White Sox back on track to avert sweep.

Mark Buehrle pitched 8 strong shutout innings and was backed by solid defense as the White Sox defeated the Royals 3-1 in Kansas City. With the win, the Sox avoid a sweep at the hands of the lowly Royals and break their 4-game losing streak in the process.

Buehrle matched up against Scott Elarton, who was effective but still came away with the loss. The Sox got to Elarton in the second inning, scoring two runs on a shattered-bat double by Joe Crede to put them up 2-0. Scoring on the play were Jermaine Dye and AJ Pierzynski, who had singled Dye over to third following a one-out walk. The Sox had a chance to add to the lead in the fourth, when Dye led off the inning with a double. Pierzynski sacrificed him over to third, but the Sox were unable to get him home.

The Royals were held without a hit until two outs in the 5th inning. KC got two hits in the 6th, but Buehrle was able to work his way out of trouble with a little help from his defense. Ex-Sox utilityman Tony Graffanino singled down the third base line with one out in the 6th, but was thrown out by leftfielder Scott Podsednik when he tried to stretch it into a double. Mark Grudzielanek followed that play with a two-out single, but was picked off by Buehrle at first to end the inning. Buehrle allowed two more hits in the 7th, which were erased by a 5-4-3 double play to get him out of that inning unharmed.

In the 8th inning, big Jim Thome added an insurance run with a mammoth home run deep into the rightfield seats putting the Sox up 3-0 at that time. The Royals tried to mount a comeback in the 8th, drawing a one-out walk and a single off Buehrle to bring Graffanino to the plate with the potential tying run. The Sox and Buehrle once again got out of trouble, as Buehrle got Graffanino and the next batter, Grudzielanek, to both ground into fielder's choices to end the inning and keep the score 3-0 heading into the 9th.

The Sox loaded the bases up in the 9th, thanks to two walks and an error. Dye walked to start the inning, and Pierzynski sacrificed him to second. On the sacrifice bunt, Royals third baseman Mark Teahan made a throwing error to first, allowing Pierzynski to reach safely. Crede then sacrificed the runners over to second and third, but Juan Uribe grounded out to the pitcher and the runners had to hold. After a two-out walk to Brian Anderson loaded the bases, Podsednik grounded out to end the inning.

With the score 3-0 Sox going into the bottom of the 9th, closer Bobby Jenks started the inning in relief of Buehrle. Controversy arose when the first batter, Sox-killer Mike Sweeney, lined out to Crede at third base for the first out of the inning. Crede, who made a great diving catch to his left to snag the liner, inadvertently flipped the ball out of his mitt as he tried to show it to the umpire to prove he had made the catch. Third-base umpire Bruce Froemming initially called Sweeney safe on the play, apparently thinking that Crede had not controlled the ball. Sox manager Ozzie Guillen came out to argue the call, and the umpires convened and changed the call to an out. Royals manager Buddy Bell then went ballistic and was ejected from the game. The call stood, and it was a good thing. It was a good thing because the next batter, Reggie Sanders, homered to break up the shutout and put the Royals on the board at 3-1. Jenks was able to retire the final two batters for the save, his first on the season. Buehrle was credited with his first win of the season as well.

The White Sox (2-4) now head up to Detroit to face the red-hot first place Tigers (5-1). Freddy Garcia (0-1, 15.75) will try to put his poor first start behind him against Tigers ace Jeremy Bonderman (1-0, 1.35). Gametime is 12:05 pm CDT from Comerica Park, and will be televised on CSN.

Ozzieball Update:
Great pitching and defense lead the way.

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Joe Crede

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