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Dirty 30 Has a Night

June 30 vs. Cleveland Indians

"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:
An Ace & a couple of Kings
Floyd continued his dominance with another quality start, and Swisher & Thome swung the bats.

Short Take:   Gavin Floyd's quality start and a potent Sox offense led by Nick Swisher provide for a 9-7 White Sox winner.

Coming off the emotion of a series sweep against the North Siders this past weekend, the Sox looked to continue their winning ways against divisional opponent Cleveland, who have surprised many people with their lack of success this season. The South Siders proved why they're atop the Central tonight, as they came out swinging right away, resulting in a 9-7 Sox win.

Gavin Floyd started off just a little shaky, walking Ben Francisco with two out. He was brought home on Jhonny Peralta's double to center, giving the Indians a 1-0 lead. That lead didn't last long, though, as the Sox went to work in the bottom half of the inning. Orlando Cabrera led-off the bottom half of the inning with a single and went to second on Brian Anderson's walk. The hot-hitting Carlos Quentin and Jermaine Dye both went down swinging, but Jim Thome picked them up with a three-run shot, putting the Sox up 3-1 and they'd never relinquish that lead.

The score remained 3-1 for a couple innings, until the sox went to work again in the third. Orlando Cabrera hit a ground rule double to right and with Anderson grounding out to third and Quentin flying out to right, it was up to Jermaine Dye. He singled to left, plating Cabrera for the 4-1 lead. With Dye on first, Thome doubled to deep center, moving Dye to third. After Joe Crede walked to load the bases, it was up to Nick Swisher. Dirty 30 hit his second grand slam in four days, giving the Sox the commanding 8-1 lead.

All of that sitting around in the dugout affected Floyd slightly, as he surrendered a lead-off homerun to Jhonny Peralta, making it an 8-2 game. That's where the score stood until the Indians' sixth. With one out, Peralta doubled to center and came home on Shin-Soo Choo's base hit. With a score of 8-3, Choo stole second and went to third on an error by Alexei Ramirez. That miscue proved costly, as Choo scored on David Delucci's infield hit, cutting the Sox's lead in half. Just half an inning later, Swisher's one out solo shot gave the Sox their five-run lead back, 9-4.

Things got interesting in the ninth inning off of what is usually a dominating Sox bullpen. With Nick Masset on the mound, Kelly Shoppach hit a lead-off double and went to third on Grady Sizemore's fly out. Shoppach then scored on Crede's 16th error of the season, committed on Jamey Carroll's routine grounder to third. After Ben Francisco grounded out to Cabrera, Masset surrendered a double to Peralta, plating Carroll. With the score 9-6 in favor of the Sox, Matt Thornton relieved the struggling Masset. Choo singled to center, driving in Peralta, but it wasn't enough, as Thornton got Casey Blake to line out to Dye to end the ballgame.

The Sox look to extend their winning streak to six games and to take the series against the Tribe tomorrow night at U.S. Cellular Field. John Danks (5-4) will face off against the Indians' tough southpaw, Cliff Lee (11-1). The first pitch is set 7:05p CDT and the game will be broadcast on CSN.

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 The Sox brought the lumber to the yard tonight and it definitely paid off.


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