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Offense Keeps Rolling

August 18 vs. Seattle

"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:
Full House
Yeah, they're not hole cards, but I'm not coming up with anything better. Total effort by the Sox offense, every starter reaches base and scores a run. Can't get more balanced than that.

Short Take: Sox reclaim sole possession of 1st place by slugging 4 homers and racking up 13 runs for 2nd straight game.

One day, 2 time zones, and 2,100 miles later little changed for the surging White Sox offense. Though Mark Buehrle and mental mistakes helped spot the Mariners an early 3-0 lead, the White Sox eventually did what the White Sox do best; bury their opposition in an offensive blizzard. Today's victim: Jarrod Washburn, who did his best job to shut up everyone in the "We need Washburn to make a post-season run" camp. Simply stated, he ran into a silver and black buzzsaw today and did not fare well. After keeping the game tight for the first half, the Sox scored 10 runs in the final 4 innings Monday for a 13-5 win and coupled with Minnesota's 3-2 loss to the A's, they reclaim sole possession of first place in the A.L. Central.

That said, Buehrle didn't bring his A-stuff tonight, and it didn't help early when the Sox defense let him down. In the first, with runners at 1st and 2nd and 1 out, Buehrle got Adrian Beltre to softly ground the ball back to him, but neither Orlando Cabrera or Alexei Ramirez went to cover 2nd, and what looked like an inning ending double play turned into 1 out via an impromptu "around the horn" infield practice session. While the mental mistake didn't lead directly to any runs, Mark continued his troubling pattern this year of failing to pick up his defense, allowing a single and double to Jose Lopez and Wladimir Balentin respectively for a 3-run 1st inning for the M's.

The Sox came back in the 2nd, thanks to a smash RBI single by Paul Konerko and then a 2-run bomb from Nick Swisher, and blew the doors off the over matched Mariners in the 5th. Trailing 4-3, the Sox reclaimed the lead on a 2-run homer by Orlando Cabrera and extended it on a 2-run double by Jermaine Dye that scored A.J. Pierzynski from 3rd and hustling Carlos Quentin who scored from 1st on the 1-out double. That was a rap for Washburn, exiting after only 4.1 innings and 8 earned runs, but the Sox offense kept rolling against Miguel Batista who loaded the bases on an intentional walk and hit batsmen before back-to-back singles by Swisher and the Cuban Missile plated another pair of runs. The Sox would cap the scoring in the 7th and 8th, on a 3-run homer by Ramirez off Jake Woods and a solo homer by Carlos Quentin, his MLB-leading 35th of the season.

The only downer from tonight was Buehrle, who labored through this start and uncharacteristically failed to get to the 6th inning. Luckily, D.J. Carrasco and Horacio Ramirez were able to keep Seattle's offense at bay, giving the rest of the bullpen another key day off, especially in lieu of tomorrow's start by Clayton Richard. After 1 mediocre and 2 bad starts, Richard pitched a good inning Sunday against the A's. Hopefully, the red-hot Sox offense can continue to pile on the runs and Richard finds his groove against the 3rd worst offense in the American League. Tomorrow's game starts at the usual 7:11 PM Chicago time, and Richard will face King Felix Hernandez. You can catch the action on WCIU, Channel 26, the U!

Quest For the Final Table Update:
Still a long way to go, but always nice to have some space between the Sox and Twins. Also, we keep pace with Boston for that all-important Wild Card insurance, 1 game up in the division, 1/2 game down in the wild card if need be. Great night. Great night.

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