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Vazquez Dazzles Again

September 22 at Minnesota Twins

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?

Today's Sox cut of meat:
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
A decent mix of homeruns and timely hits made Grinder Ball present.

Short Take: Dynamite starting pitching by Vazquez and a 5-for-6 day for Jerry Owens help lock up a victory and series win in Minnesota.

Javier Vazquez was in search of his 14th win of the season, ensuring himself the winningest record on the pitching staff. Vazquez was dominating and each batter in the Sox's lineup reached base safely, as the Sox took the series with an 8-3 win this afternoon.

Jerry Owens started his own personal hit parade by leading off the game with a single, and while he stole second and went to third on Josh Fields' sacrifice, he was left 90' from home when Jim Thome went down on strikes and Paul Konerko fouled out to first.

The Sox didn't waste time in the top of the second, though. Darin Erstad and A.J. Pierzynski led off the inning with back-to-back singles, and Juan Uribe's sacrifice fly plated Erstad, giving the Sox a 1-0 lead. Danny Richar followed with an infield single and Andy Gonzalez walked, loading the bases. Owens singled to center, plating both Pierzynski & Richar, increasing the Sox's lead to 3-0.

In the top of the third, the Sox added another tally. Facing Boof Bonser, due to a Scott Baker injury, Jim Thome led off the inning with a solo shot to right- the 504th homerun of his career, increasing the lead to 4-0. The Sox added another in the top of the fourth. Danny Richar led off with his third triple of the season and with one out, Jerry Owens singled to center, scoring Richar and it was a 5-0 ballgame. The inning-by-inning tallies continued for the Sox in the top of the fifth. Darin Erstad led off the inning with a solo homerun, putting the Sox in front by six.

The top of the sixth saw even more scoring for the south siders. Jerry Owens led off with a single to left and Josh Fields walked, moving Owens to second. Jim Thome's base hit to left brought Owens around and moved Fields to second for a 7-0 lead. Boof Bonser was relieved by Julio DePaula, and promptly loaded the bases by walking Paul Konerko. Darin Erstad's fielder's choice scored Fields and put the Sox up 8-0.

It took Minnesota until their half of the sixth to solve the puzzle known as Javier Vazquez, who'd surrendered one hit up to this point. Jason Tyner singled to right, leading off the inning, and Jason Kubel hit his seventh career homerun off Sox pitching, giving the Twins a couple runs and making it an 8-2 game.

It wasn't until their last at-bat when the Twins added another tally off Boone Logan, who relieved Vazquez an inning earlier. Justin Morneau led off with a base hit to right, but was erased on Michael Cuddyer's fielder's choice to first. With one out, Chris Heintz singled to center, moving Cuddyer to third. He came around to score on Rodriguez's singled to center, making it an 8-3 game, but it wasn't nearly enough, as the Sox won for the sixth time in nine tries.

This afternoon's win solidified a series win against the Twins, and the Sox will be in search of the sweep tomorrow. The Sox will send Gavin Floyd (1-4) to the mound against Minnesota's Kevin Slowey (3-0). The first pitch is scheduled for 1:10p CDT and the game will be televised on CSN.

Back to the Grind Update:
Grinder Ball was definitely present, as the Sox scored in consecutive innings from the second through the sixth.

submitted by ChiSoxGirl.

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