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Contreras Quiets the Birds

April 27 vs. Baltimore Orioles

"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:
Big Slick
A Jack (Jose) and an Ace (A.J.) as the battery pair up for a solid victory.

Short Take:   A quality start by Jose Contreras and timely hitting for our Sox are the recipe for a victory against the O's.

After a very long day at the ballpark yesterday resulted in splitting a doubleheader against the Orioles, Sox fans wondered if their team could feed off the momentum of last night's dramatic win in the bottom of the ninth. With Jose Contreras on the mound, it was anybody's guess. But as it turned out, Jose turned in a gutsy performance, tallying another quality start this season. That quality start helped lead his team to victory over the Orioles 6-1 on a cloudy and cool afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.

Known for his annual slow starts, Paul Konerko came up to the plate in the bottom of the second inning looking to raise that average of his, and he did just that with a solo shot to left off Jeremy Guthrie, giving the Sox the early 1-0 lead. That lead wouldn't last long, however, as Brian Roberts took Contreras deep for a solo shot of his own, tying the game at one a piece.

Four innings later, it was like de ja vu all over, as Konerko went deep off Guthrie for the second time in the game, putting the Sox up 2-1. The difference in this inning, though is that the scoring didn't stop with Konerko's home run. A.J. Pierzynski followed it up with a single, chasing Guthrie in favor of Matt Albers. Carlos Quentin continued the hit parade with a base hit, moving A.J. to second. Alexi Ramirez's sacrifice bunt was placed perfectly down the third base line, moving the runners up 90 feet. Last night's hero, Brian Anderson, was due up in another key situation and came through. He grounded one to short, and the throw came to the plate, but it was wide and Pierzynski beat it out. An errant throw by Brandon Fahey allowed Quentin to dent the dish, as well, putting the Sox up 4-1.

The bottom of the seventh was another key inning for the South Siders, as they capitalized on the ineffectiveness of Oriole reliever Greg Aquino, who issued walks to Orlando Cabrera, Jim Thome, and Paul Konerko, loading the bases with nobody out. A.J. struck out, so it was up to Quentin to do some damage. The only one who was damaged during that at-bat was Carlos Quentin, as he took one for the team for the third time in two days. Cabrera was the fifth run of the game for the Sox, and they weren't done. Alexi Ramirez faced Dennis Sarfate, and his 4-6 fielder's choice plated Thome for the sixth and final run of the ballgame for the Sox's 14th victory of the season.

The Sox will be in search of their third win in a row tomorrow afternoon, as they look to close out the homestand and series with Baltimore with a win. The Sox will look to Javier Vazquez (3-2) to turn in another solid pitching performance against Baltimore's Daniel Cabrera (2-0). The first pitch is slated for 1:05 CDT on the South Side and the game will be broadcast on CSN.

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Quest For the Final Table Update:
 The Sox never folded in this one, as the Jack and Ace were just part of the reason the Sox won the game.


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