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Grinding it Out

May 7th v. Kansas City

How was the trophy defended today?
Strong relief pitching and clutch hitting earned the win.

Short Take: Joe Crede comes through in clutch once again as Sox take series from Royals 2 games to 1.

The White Sox got 6 strong innings from starting pitcher Mark Buehrle as well as 3 shutout innings from the bullpen en route to a hard-earned 3-2 victory against Kansas City this afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.

With the win, the Sox won their second game in a row to take a series victory against the woeful Royals. The Royals always seem to play the Sox tough though, and this afternoon was no exception. Buehrle's counterpart, Mark Redman, only allowed 2 runs in 7 innings of work against the Sox offense.

The White Sox appeared to get on the board in the bottom of the 4th when Joe Crede hit a long fly ball to centerfield. Royals centerfielder Kerry Robinson went up over the wall to catch the ball, but in reality the ball landed in front of him on the warning track and bounced into the stands. Initially confused by Robinson's misplay, the umpires signaled home run and the Sox were briefly up 1-0. After the umpires convened, they reversed the decision and awarded Crede a ground rule double instead, the appropriate call.

Crede would be stranded at second and the game would remain scoreless going into the 5th inning. With two outs in the 5th and nobody on base, ex-Sox utilityman Tony Graffanino homered down the leftfield line and into the Sox bullpen to put KC on the board. Emil Brown followed Graffanino with a solo home run of his own, and the Royals took a 2-0 lead on the back-to-back homers off Buehrle.

The Sox would get those two runs right back in the bottom half of the 5th. Chris Widger reached on an infield single off the glove of Royals third baseman Esteban German, and Brian Anderson followed with a one-out single. With men on first and second and Pablo Ozuna at the plate, Redman uncorked a wild pitch to allow the runners to advance to second and third. Didn't matter, as Ozuna then delivered a triple to score Widger and Anderson to tie the game at 2. The Sox had a golden opportunity to take the lead with Ozuna on third and just one out, but Tadahito Iguchi popped up a suicide squeeze bunt which was caught by Redman. Redman tagged Ozuna out at the plate to complete the unassisted double play and end the inning.

Cliff Politte relieved Buehrle to start the 7th, and retired the first four batters he faced before allowing a double to Angel Berroa in the top of the 8th. Matt Thornton came on to retire the next hitter, and Brandon McCarthy relieved Thornton and struck out the only batter he faced to end the inning.

The Sox scored the game winning run in the bottom of the 8th. After a two-out double by Jim Thome that was just out of reach of a diving Robinson in center, the Royals walked Paul Konerko intentionally to get to Crede. Crede delivered a single to left field on a 3-2 pitch to score Thome and put the Sox up 3-2. That was it for the scoring, as Bobby Jenks struck out two batters in a perfect 9th inning to earn his 10th save of the season.

With the win, the Sox (22-9) extended their division lead to 2.5 games over second-place Detroit, who lost to Minnesota today. The Sox have tomorrow off to prepare for a three-game series against the Angels, who will have revenge on their minds after the Sox swept them at Anaheim last weekend. Freddy Garcia (4-1, 5.45) will face off against Kevin Gregg (2-0, 1.02). Gametime is 7:05 pm CDT at U.S. Cellular Field, and will be televised on CSN.

Ozzieball Update:
Suicide squeeze in 5th failed miserably when Iguchi failed to get bunt down, but fortunately it didn't matter. Strong effort turned in by the bullpen to put Royals away.

submitted by beckett21.

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