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Sox Derail D-Train

April 5 at Detroit Tigers

"These ain't your daddy's White Sox... We're going to keep going after a championship as aggressively as we can."

KW's Hole Cards:
Pocket Rockets
The bats came alive in the clutch and capitalized on mistakes.

Short Take:   Just when things looked bleak against Dontrelle and the Tigers, our Sox finally took advantage of Willis' wildness.

The White Sox opened the FOX portion of the broadcasting schedule this spring Saturday afternoon in Detroit against the winless Tigers. Gavin Floyd made his 2008 debut on the mound against former Marlin, Dontrelle Willis. The D-Train wasn't all he was in the N.L., as he walked seven. Behind Floyd, the Sox waited awhile, but took advantage of Tiger mistakes and finally broke up Willis' no-hitter in the sixth inning. Four runs later, the Sox found themselves in front for the first time today and held on for what ended up being a 5-3 victory.

Gavin Floyd got through two-thirds of the Tiger lineup unscathed, but Jacque Jones tallied the first hit for Detroit. Brandon Inge's double plated Jones, giving the Tigers an early lead. Clete Thomas reached on an infield single, moving Inge to third, but they were left stranded, thanks to Floyd inducing the infield ground ball to end the inning.

Things started out looking pretty grim in Motown for our Sox, as they were blanked in the hit column and weren't taking advantage of the free passes being issued to them. It was all reminiscent of the debacle that was 2007- not capitalizing on mistakes and grounding into double plays. But all of a sudden, things went from bad to worse. Gavin Floyd was a little shaky in the bottom of the fourth, as he issued a single to Edgar Renteria, who was eventually doubled off first. No sooner did a vacancy occur at first was it filled by Jacque Jones, whom Floyd walked. Brandon Inge struck again, hitting a two-run shot and putting his team up 3-0 on our Sox.

The sixth inning seemingly changed the attitude and swagger of our team, as they finally broke through. Willis issued back-to-back walks to Nick Swisher and Orlando Cabrera, putting runners on first and second for Jim Thome. Big Jim doubled to deep left, scoring Swisher and putting Cabrera 90 feet from home. Leland had seen enough and pulled Willis in favor of Zach Miner, who didn't fare much better. He gave up an RBI groundout to Konerko and walked Jermaine Dye, making it a 3-2 ballgame. Carlos Quentin followed with a single to center, plating Thome, as Dye advanced to third on the play, thanks to a Clete Thomas miscue in center. Joe Crede followed with a sacrifice fly, bringing Dye in and putting the Sox up 4-3. Pablo Ozuna ended the inning with a ground out, but they'd finally broken through. Now all they had to do was know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em, then they could go home.

Boone Logan relieved Gavin Floyd in the seventh and retired the Tigers, having only given up a single to Clete Thomas. Scott Linebrink pitched the eighth only facing three Tigers, so the bullpen dominance continued.

Jermaine Dye added the all-important insurance run in the Sox's half of the eighth with a solo shot to left, and putting the Sox up for good 5-3. Continuing the solid relief out of the Sox's bullpen, Bobby Jenks came in and pitched the ninth and even though he gave up a hit and a walk, it didn't matter because Bad Bobby prevailed, notching his third save of the young season. Gavin Floyd picked up his first win of what will hopefully be many this season.

The Sox look to sweep the Tigers at Comerica Park tomorrow night. It's a great match-up of 2007 No-Hitter pitchers- the Sox's Mark Buehrle and Detroit's Justin Verlander. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 CDT and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.

WSI's
Quest For the Final Table Update:
 The Sox had that elusive winning hand, knowing when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. Capitalizing on mistakes, good bullpen pitching, and key hits were all essential in having the winning hand.


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