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Sox Bullpen Shows Why It's the League's Best

June 28 vs. Chicago Cubs

"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:
Four Kings
Logan, Masset, Thornton, and Linebrink- the Kings of the Bullpen- shut 'em down over 3 2/3 innings.

Short Take:   Javier Vazquez struggled again, only going 4 1/3 innings, but the league's best bullpen saved the day and secured a series victory with a 6-5 win over the North Siders.

Yesterday afternoon, the White Sox set the tone for the second of the home-and-home series against the Cubs with a ten-run offering and looked to continue the momentum this afternoon. With Javier Vazquez on the mound, it seemed like it'd be relatively easy, but Vazquez had control problems from the words "play ball." Fortunately, his defense flashed some leather behind him and the offense scored just enough to ensure a Sox winner, 6-5.

Vazquez led off the game by walking Kosuke Fukudome before all of the fans had even reached their seats. Mark DeRosa then singled to left, putting runners at first and second for Derrek Lee. Lee began his afternoon with a single to right center, plating Fukudome and putting the Cubs up 1-0. The fourth consecutive batter reached base in Daryle Ward via another single, scoring DeRosa and all of a sudden, it was a 2-0 ballgame in favor of the north side rivals. Vazquez then settled down, retiring Aramis Ramirez, Jim Edmonds, and Geovany Soto in a row to end the inning.

Sean Gallagher got off to a similar start to that of Vazquez, as the Sox didn't waste any time hitting him. With one out, A.J. Pierzynski singled to left and after Carlos Quentin went down on strikes, Jermaine Dye continued his hot hitting with a two-run shot to left center, tying the game at two. Jim Thome worked the count for a walk and then Joe Crede just missed one to deep left, settling for a double and allowing Thome to chug on home all the way from first, giving the Sox a 3-2 lead. Just one inning later, the Sox added to their lead. Alexei Ramirez doubled to deep left center and after Dewayne Wise flew out, Orlando Cabrera drove Ramirez home with a double of his own, putting the Sox ahead 4-2.

The score remained 4-2 in favor of the South Siders until the top of the fourth when Vazquez's ineffectiveness continued. Mike Fontenot doubled to lead off the inning and after Ronny Cedeno went down swinging, Fukudome walked, putting runners at first and second. Mark DeRosa singled to center, plating Fontenot and moving Fukudome into scoring position. With the Sox still leading by the slimmest of margins, Vazquez's woes continued. Lee doubled to deep left center, which brought both Fukudome and DeRosa around to score, and put the Cubs up 5-4.

That lead lasted all of five minutes because Alexei Ramirez led off the bottom of the fifth with a dinger, tying the game at five. That's where the score remained until the bottom of the seventh inning when The Carlos Quentin (a.k.a. TCQ) hit a lead off homerun off the recently struggling Carlos Marmol, who'd just relieved Gallagher, putting the Sox up 6-5, which would end up being the final score.

In short, the Sox's bullpen was absolutely dominating and proved once again why they're the American League's best in so many ways. In addition, the Cubs struck out to account for 14 of their 27 outs, half of which were recorded from the fifth inning onward, courtesy of that solid South Side bullpen.

The Sox go for the three game sweep and the sweetest form of payback against the Lovable Losers tomorrow night on the South Side. Mark Buehrle (5-6) looks to continue his winning ways against the Cubs' Sean Marshall (0-1). The first pitch is set 7:05p CDT at U.S. Cellular Field and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.

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 Dominating relief pitching and timely hitting equate to a White Sox winner.


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