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Make it Eight

May 22 vs. Cleveland

"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:
Ace, 8
The Sox get a strong start from their #1 starter and they make 8's wild, winning their 8th game thanks to 8 hits and an 8th-inning rally.  It must be... in the cards.

Short Take:  Sox make it 8 in a row, as 2-run 8th inning rally sweeps Tribe out of Chicago,

Let's see... Winning on the West Coast?  Check.  Win laughers thanks to a powerful display of brute force?  Check.  Beat C.C. Sabathia?  Check.  Beat Paul Byrd?  Check.  Win a tight pitcher's duel with some clutch, 2-out hitting in the late innings?  Check.  Beat a young soft-tossing lefty our guys haven't seen too much of before?  Check.  Believe it or not, Sox fans, out first-place Chicago White Sox are winning games in every way, some old and some new.  Tonight, Mark Buehrle dominated the Tribe and the Sox offense scored a pair of runs in the 8th inning off the Indian bullpen for a 3-1 win, their 8th in a row.

The Sox spotted Buehrle an early run, as Orlando Cabrera scored in the first on a ground out by Carlos Quentin.  With a runner in scoring position and the meat of the order due up, they had a chance to bury the Indians early, but strike-outs by Jermaine Dye and Jim Thome ended the thread and from there, Laffey found his groove.  The Indians knotted the score in the third, after going 7 up and 7 down, a pair of walks to the 8th and 9th hitters, Franklin Gutierrez and Asdrubal Cabrera, would spell doom for Mark, as Grady Sizemore's double plated the tying run.  Buehrle, however, worked out of the jam and from there simply shut the door on the Indians anemic offense.  Buehrle allowed three more base runners after Sizemore's double; a pair of walks that were both erased courtesy of the double play, and a bunt single to Ben Francisco that should have been erased on an inning ending strike-'em-out, throw-'en-out double play, but Orlando couldn't handle Toby Hall's throw to second, for the rare, but deserved, caught stealing-error combo.  Buehrle, however, picked up his defense, inducing a harmless fly out from Kelly Shoppach.

Laffey, however, was perfecting playing the young, soft-tossing starter who the Sox may not be completely familiar with who would go on to dominate them.  He scattered 6 hits in his 7 innings of work, but he struck out 6 as well.  Surprisingly, one of the few hitters who looked very comfortable at the plate tonight was Toby Hall, making his weekly start to spell A.J. Pierzynski.  Hall was 3-3 on the night, and most importantly, started the game-winning rally.  Leading off the 8th, Hall lined a single into right field, chasing Laffey for Masa Kobayashi and bringing in Brian Anderson to pinch run.  After a strike out by Cabrera, Pierzynski pinch hit for Alexei Ramirez and nearly took care of the rally by himself, flying out to deep center field.  Though Sizemore would haul in Pierzynski's fly, it allowed Anderson to tag up to second base (this is what we call foreshadowing).  On the night the Sox celebrated and welcomed home Carlton Fisk, the team's greatest free agent acquisition, Carlos Quentin continued to build his ever-growing case to eventually be the best trade in franchise history, as the All-Star acquired for an A-ball first baseman singled into left field to score Anderson and send the 28,000 in attendance into a frenzy.  Quentin took second on David Dellucci's throw to the plate and scored as Jermaine Dye singled to left field for an insurance run.  A 2-run rally that didn't feature on hit that got to the wall?  How very un-2008 White Sox!

If there's one smudge on the night, it's that Mark Buehrle took another tough luck no decision, however, the 7 frames of 1-run ball he threw lowered his season ERA nearly a full run to 4.82.  The win went to Scott Linebrink who pitched a dominant 8th inning, striking out a pair and retiring the third out on a very soft ground ball to first base.  Bobby Jenks put the exclamation point on the sweep, needing only 8 pitches to retire the heart of the Indians crappy lineup, punctuating the win by striking out Travis Hafner with a ridiculous curveball that looked like it broke 10 feet straight down.

With another Twins loss at the hands of the Texas Rangers, the Sox have now opened up a 3 1/2 game lead in the Central division which, believe it or not, is the cushiest lead of any division front-runner.  Now that the Tribe can be on their way, the Sox will open up a 3-game Memorial Day weekend against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  Gavin Floyd will make the start for baseball's hottest team against the surprising Joe Saunders.  Game time is 7:11 PM and it will be aired on WGN.

Quest For the Final Table Update:
 Ozzie's ace delivers, out dueling Aaron Laffey and giving the Sox a chance to rake in the pot.

submitted by doublem23.

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Toby Hall

He hasn't played since Sunday, so what does he do?  Accounts for over a third of the Sox's hits, plus starts the rally that would eventually bring home a White Sox winner.

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