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*Phew*

July 12, at Baltimore

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?


Today's Sox cut of meat:
Overcooked Steak
Looks good at first, but you end up chewing on it just a little too long

Short Take: Sox open up 2nd half of season with 8 innings of blow-out baseball against Orioles, only to nearly give it away.

After Thursday night's 9-7 win in Baltimore, Ozzie Guillen joked that maybe Bobby Jenks has a deal with the rest of the bullpen to help him inflate his save numbers. Jenks did end the 1st half of the season with 23; fourth in the American League behind only Joe Borowski, J.J. Putz, and Francisco Rodriguez. He got his 24th tonight, despite the fact the Sox lead the hapless Orioles by 7 entering the ninth. Credit a 5-run meltdown from Dewon Day and Boone Logan and a comfortable lead turned into near-disaster.

But, first, the good. Jon Garland took the hill and rebounded well from his last start during that awful doubleheader against Minnesota. Garland pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just 2 runs on 8 hits. It helped, of course, that before he even had to throw a pitch, the Sox staked him to a 4-run lead. Facing the highly touted rookie Jeremy Guthrie, the Sox simply took him to the woodshed. Jim Thome started the scoring with his 487th career home run, a solo shot. But the Sox did a great job of getting timely hits and stringing together a series of good at bats to move runners over and bring guys around to score. For example, later in the first, with A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko on 1st and 2nd respectively, Jermaine Dye looked like the Jermaine we had come to remember, lining an RBI-single into left field that was misplayed by Orioles left fielder Jay Gibbons. The blunder moved Pierzynski to 3rd and Dye to 2nd for Rob Mackowiak who doubled to left field. After half a frame in the books, the Sox had jumped to a 4-run lead.

Dye padded his stats in the 3rd with a solo home run and every starter in the White Sox line-up had a hit with the exception of #9 Juan Uribe. After Matt Thornton struck out the side in the 8th inning, it looked like the Sox could coast to an easy win. Day relieved Thornton in the 9th. He faced four Orioles and failed to retire one of them. Ramon Hernandez and Jay Gibbons lead off the frame with back-to-back singles. Day then poured gasoline over his spark by tossing a wild pitch, and allowing an RBI single to Corey Patterson and RBI double to Luis Hernandez. 9-4. No outs. Runners at 2nd and 3rd. Enter Boone Logan, who, retired Chris Gomez and Nick Markakis end looked to have things under control, until he laid a beach ball on a tee right in Kevin Millar's wheelhouse.. How subtle do I have to be? Millar crushed that ball for a 3-run homer and it looked like the Sox bullpen was ready to start the 2nd half right where they left things.

After giving up a single to Aubrey Huff, Boone was given the hook by Ozzie. It took the All-Star Jenks just one pitch to clean up the mess his bullpen had created, cutting a fastball right on the wrists of Jay Payton that could only be meekly grounded to Uribe at short, who forced Huff out at 2nd and allowed every Sox fan watching to collectivley release their breaths.

The Sox and Orioles play again tomorrow night at 6:05 PM Chicago time. Mark Buehrle will take the hill for the Sox against arguably one of the best pitchers in the American League, Erik Bedard. The game will be on Comcast Sports Net.

WSI's
Back to the Grind Update:
The Sox score 9 runs, only 2 of them coming via the long ball. Can't complain about that.


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