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Our Team Has Been Revived... for Tonight!

June 16 at Pittsburgh Pirates

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?

Today's Sox cut of meat:
Medium-Well Pork Chop
Several signs of grinder ball are seen throughout the whole game!

Short Take: For the second time on this interleague roadtrip, the Sox found themselves facing a pitcher they hadn't seen before. Thankfully, the results this time around were different, as the Sox found themselves earning a long overdue 6-1 victory.

Sitting on a 3-16 record in their last 19 ballgames, the Sox and their fans found themselves in desperate search of a victory against a lowly National League opponent in the Pittsburgh Pirates. Fortunately for the team and its fans, the Sox showed signs of life on the mound and at the plate!

In the top of the second, Jermaine Dye took a one out walk and Alex Cintron followed with a single to right, advancing Dye, who was running on the pitch, to third. Rob Mackowiak's RBI ground out to the pitcher scored Dye easily and moved Cintron into scoring position. Josh Fields's doubled to deep left and all of a sudden, the Sox were up 2-0 and looked to have solved the puzzle named John Van Benschoten early on!

Just a half inning later, Adam LaRoche hit a one out double and Jose Castillo quickly sacrificed him to third with his groundout to Tadahito Iguchi. LaRoche quickly came around to score on Ryan Doumit's single, cutting the Sox's lead in half. Jack Wilson singled and it looked as though the two runs the Sox worked so hard to score would be given back, but Buehrle worked out of the mini-jam by getting his counterpart, Van Benschoten on strikes to end the inning.

Things on both ends remained quiet for the next five innings, as Mark Buehrle was mowing the Pirates down left and right. In the top of the seventh off of John Grabow, who replaced Van Benschoten with two out in the top of the sixth, Rob Mackowiak did something Sox fans hadn't seen in ages- reached on a bunt single! Josh Fields followed with his first homerun of the season, extending the Sox's lead to 4-1.

The Sox's offense helped Buehrle out in the top of the eighth when A.J. Pierzynski dropped a bloop hit to center off of reliever Dan Kolb. Paulie followed with a double to deep left, advancing A.J. to third. Jermaine Dye struck out looking and all of a sudden, it looked as though a couple more runners would be left in scoring position. The Pirates decided to intentionally walk Alex Cintron, setting up the potential double play. Mackowiak hit a sacrifice fly to left, driving in yet another run and widening the Sox's lead to 5-1. Kolb got Fields to strike out swinging, ending the threat.

Buehrle was his usual self out there on the mound and pitched a highly impressive eight innings, only surrendering one run on eight hits and striking out four. Buehrle's teammates padded the lead in the top of the ninth inning off reliever Tony Armas. Andy Gonzale pinch-hit for the southpaw and lead off the inning with a double. Jerry Owens's ground out to first advanced Gonzalez to within 90 feet of plating yet another run. After striking out twice earlier in the game, Tadahito Iguchi doubled, bringing home Gonzalez and making the score the eventual final, 6-1. On a very positive note, Ryan Bukvich came in and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth innings, nailing down Buehrle's fourth victory of the season, and second in a row.

Our Sox go for the series victory, something they haven't done successfully since mid-May, tomorrow afternoon at PNC Park. The Pale Hose will send Javier Vazquez (3-5) to the mound against the Pirates' Zach Duke (3-6). The first pitch is slated for 12:35p CDT and the game will be televised on CSN.

Back to the Grind Update:
Grinder Ball was seen throughout tonight's ballgame and was definitely a very welcome sight!

submitted by ChiSoxGirl.

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Josh Fields and Mark Buehrle

It was a dueling effort tonight, as Fields went 2-for-3, going deep for the first time this season, and Buehrle pitched eight strong innings.

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