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Surging Sox Sweep D-Rays

June 28, at Tampa Bay

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?


Today's Sox cut of meat:
Ground Chuck
It's not classy, expensive, or one of the tastier cuts of meat, but it will fill you up right, exactly what you want after feeling so empty for so long. 

Short Take: Sox take brooms to Devil Rays thanks to 7 strong innings from Javier Vazquez and pair of homers by Paul Konerko.

Though the Sox may have already buried any prospects for this season, it's never to late to start winning and making your games palpatable.  The best PX for any ailing team still appears to be four games in Tampa Bay, were even the worst teams can pull a 180 in half a week.  Javier Vazquez was on all night, tossing 107 pitches in 7 very strong innings (he struck out 10, scattering 7 hits, 3 walks, and allowing a run) and Paul Konerko hit two solo home runs as the White Sox beat Tampa Bay 5-1 for the 4-game road sweep.

Starting for the Devil Rays was Scott Kazmir, who has had some successs historically against the Sox, entered the game 2-0 with an ERA just a hair over 3 against the Sox in his career.  Described as having "Nintendo" stuff by Hawk and DJ, Kazmir set the Sox down 1-2-3 in the first inning, but quickly ran into trouble thereafter.  Paul Konerko lead off the 2nd with the first of his 2 home runs.  After A.J. Pierzynski grounded out, Tadahito Iguchi tripled to right field on a ball misplayed by right fielder Johnny Gomes.  Iguchi came around to score on an RBI single by Josh Fields that was more duck snort that fell in short right because the infield was pulled in with the runner at third than it was an actual single.  But when your scuffling like Josh is, you'll take it.

The Sox tacked on a 3rd run in the fourth when Tadahito hit a solo home run to left.  It looked like Javier would need it, too.  After cruising through the first three frames relatively easily, he ran into major problems in the home half of the 4th.  Carl Crawford singled to lead off the inning and was followed by Greg Norton, who doubled to right field to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with no out.  In the make or break time of the game, Vazquez settled down and made the pitches he needed to, striking out Carlos Pena, getting Ty Wiggington to ground out, and inducing a fly out from Johnny Gomes.  Though Crawford did score on Wiggington's ground out, Javier and the Sox escaped the jam with minimal damage.

From there the Sox offense continued to chip away at Kazmir.  They added a 4th run in the 6th inning after Kazmir walked Iguchi and Fields with one out.  He was pulled for Jason Hammel, who allowed an RBI single to Luis Terrero.   The Sox's final run came off Hammel as well, as Paul Konerko took him deep to cap the scoring on a 5-1 White Sox winner.

OK, so the Sox are still 9 games under .500 and they're still 12 games behind the now-first place Detroit Tigers, but after the last few weeks, winning feels so very good.  The White Sox take their 4-game win streak to Kansas City for 3 games.  Jose Contreras will tote the hill for the Sox against the Royals' Brian Bannister.  The Sox faced Bannister once this year, on April 24, scoring 4 runs in 4 1/3 innings of work.   Game time is 7:10 PM Central Time and the game will be on WCIU.

And, on a completely unrelated note, the entire WSI TBGR team would like to extend our congratulations to The Big Hurt, Frank Thomas, for hitting his 500th home run today in Minnesota.  Though it still looks weird watching you round the bases in someone else's jersey, at least Toronto's black alternate jersey is a bit more familiar than Oakland's green/gold/white shoes combo.  See you in Cooperstown, one day.

WSI's
Back to the Grind Update: 
3 runs come courtesy of the solo home run, but hey, when you're the absolute worst offense in the American League, you take what you can get.


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