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Every Dark Cloud Has A Silva Lining

May 9 at Seattle

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

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Jose, Jim, Konerko and Anderson

Short Take:   Contreras solid once again; Brian Anderson still owns Safeco.

The White Sox began their 10-game road trip in impressive fashion tonight with a victory over the Mariners at Safeco Field. The win marks the end of a six game road losing streak for the Good Guys, upping their 2008 away record to 8-10. Meanwhile, tonight’s win puts the Sox back at .500 overall (17-17) and in sole possession of 2nd place in the AL Central, only 1.0 game behind the division leading Twins.

The Sox got on the board in the top of the 3rd inning by doing the “little things.” Singles by Juan Uribe and Carlos Quentin, followed by a walk to Jim Thome, loaded the bases for Paul Konerko. PK worked a nice at-bat against Carlos Silva and then drove an outside pitch to right field that bounced over the fence on one hop for a ground rule double, scoring two runs and giving the Sox a quick 2-0 lead. Jermaine Dye delivered in the next at-bat by lofting a sacrifice fly deep enough to centerfield that even the tortoise steps of Jim Thome could score from third on Ichiro’s cannon arm.

Jose Contreras pitched brilliantly once again tonight, evening up his record at 3-3 and dropping his season ERA from 4.08 to 3.66 with 7.0 solid innings of work. The only Seattle run came in the bottom half of the third, as Ichiro single-handily manufactured his own run by singling to center, stealing second, moving to third on a groundout by Jose Lopez and then scoring on a Contreras wild pitch.

Brian Anderson contributed with the 2008 defensive play-of-the-year so far for the Palehose, making a brilliant running catch at full-speed just before crashing into the centerfield wall. As Jermaine Dye and Carlos Quentin came over to check on their teammate, they waved off Ozzie Guillen, who looked genuinely impressed.

Jim Thome tacked on some insurance with his 7th homer of the year in the top of the 7th by murdering a ball into the night off Carlos Silva, giving the Sox a 4-1 lead. Scott Linebrink relieved Contreras for the 8th, pitching a 1-2-3 inning just like the best setup man in baseball should. Bad Bobby Jenks came in to nail it down in the 9th for the Sox, earning his 7th save, although Wladimir Balentein nicked him for a cheap homer to right field before the final out.

Nice win for the Sox tonight. The starting pitching continues to be better than expected. The bats are seemingly starting to heat up, and you have to like what you see out of Brian Anderson when he gets to play. Javy Vazquez gets the start tomorrow night at 9:10pm against Jarrod Washburn on WGN. A Sox win and Twinkee loss will put the Sox back in a tie for first place. Keep it going. Hopefully there will be more “Lance Johnson-type jumps” tomorrow.

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Quest For the Final Table Update:
  The American League allows teams to let a designated hitter bat for their pitcher. Seattle shows up to the table with Jose Vidro? Sox should be back in first by the end of the weekend.


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