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Sox Have a Breeze with the Twins

June 6 vs. Minnesota

"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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All Aces with Crede

Short Take:   Quentin, Crede and Dye all go deep; Bert Blyleven’s toupee seen flying down the Dan Ryan; Esteban Loaiza does his best Paniagua impersonation

With 35 mph winds swirling, the AL Central-leading White Sox destroyed their arch-nemesis Minnesota Twins tonight at US Cellular Field by a score of 10-6 to increase their division lead to 3.5 games. The victory is the fourth in a row for the Sox, moving them eight games over .500 (34-26) and also increasing their AL Central season record to a mighty 18-8.

Joe Crede was the offensive hero tonight for the Pale Hose, as he showed no ill-effects from his bruised hand courtesy of David DeJesus earlier in the week. Crede went 4-for-4 tonight, including two monster homeruns. Carlos Quentin also contributed with his 16th homer of the year, a timely 3-run blast in the 5th inning to give the Sox the lead for good.

Javy Vazquez was credited with the win tonight to improve his record to 6-4. Vazquez didn’t have his best stuff and was knocked around for nine hits and two walks in 5.1 innings. Still, Vazquez has pitched much better in outings earlier this year only to receive a non-decision, so everything equals out.

The Twins got on the board in the third inning with a solo homer by Carlos Gomez. The Twinkees followed that with an Alexi Casilla single and back-to-back doubles by Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, expanding their lead to 3-0.

The Good Guys began to chip away off Nick Blackburn in the bottom of the 3rd with Joe Crede’s first homer of the night, a solo shot and his 11th of the year. In the fourth, Carlos Quentin and Paul Konerko lead off the inning with singles. Jim Thome ended the rally by grounding into a double play, but drove in TCQ minus the RBI. The real fun began in the 5th when the White Sox blew the game open. Crede and Swisher lead off with singles, and then Alexei Ramirez loaded the bases with a bunt hit. Orlando Cabrera drove in Crede with a sharp single to tie the game 3-3. AJ Pierzynski delivered a double down the right field line to score Swish and Alexei to give the Sox a 5-3 lead. After a pitching change (exit Blackburn, enter Juan Rincon), TCQ muscled a three-run homer to right field, glancing off Michael Cuddyer’s glove (Brian Anderson would have had it if he played for the Twins), to put the Sox up 8-3. Six hits in a row. Fire Walker!

Michael Cuddyer hit a solo shot in the top of the 6th to cut the lead to 8-4, but Crede countered with his second homer of the night in the bottom half of the inning (Sox 9-4) and Dye added a solo shot to dead center in the 7th (Sox 10-4).

The Sox once again received impressive help from their bullpen relief corps. Dotel, Thornton and Linebrink combined for 2.2 innings of one-hit ball, along with four strikeouts and no walks. Esteban Loaiza returned to the mound in a Sox uniform for the 9th inning and tried to do his best Jose Paniagua impersonation by giving up a two-run homer to Casilla, but Jermaine Dye saved the day with a diving catch in right field to end the game.

All around a great game for the White Sox with an offensive explosion of 16 hits and lots of leather being flashed. The series continues tomorrow night at the Cell with a 6:05pm start and Mark Buehrle (sore arm an all, according to Phil Rogers) taking the mound against 168-yr old Livian Hernandez. Go for the sweep this weekend!

Quest For the Final Table Update:
  Sox hit their highwater mark for the year, 8 games over .500 and a 3.5 game lead in the Central!

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