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The Easter Bunny Smiles on the Sox!

April 12 vs Minnesota Twins


KW's Daily Special:
Fried Twinkies
Solid offensive and defensive effort all-around.

Short Take: Seems only right that the guy who got the Twins their only run also ended their 9th-inning threat!

On what appeared to be a fairly cold day in Chicago, the Sox managed to freeze out the Twins and skate to a 6-1 win. But it wasn't exactly an Easter parade. The game got off to a slow start, with a home run by the Twins' Delmon Young representing the only scoring on either side through the first four innings. Things got interesting in the fifth, however. Mark Buehrle managed to strike out the side with a little help from AJ Pierzynski, who threw Mike Redmond out following a dropped third strike. Then in the bottom of the frame, Paulie Konerko led off with a single. When AJ and Alexei Ramirez couldn't move him over, it looked like this rally would not amount to much. But Dewayne Wise singled, sending Paulie to third. That brought up Chris Getz who grounded to first. But Mike Cuddyer booted the play (error 1) and then overthrew the pitcher who was covering (error 2). Konerko came home and the game was tied with two out and runners on second and third. Unfortunately, Josh Fields flied out, ending the threat. After 5, game tied 1-1.

In the 6th, the Twins went down in order, aided by a great catch by THE Carlos Quentin. Then the Sox went to work in the bottom of the inning. Carlos led off with a hit. Then Big Jim Thome, taking advantage of a missed opportunity by Joe Crede to catch a foul ball, homered and suddenly, it's 3-1 Good Guys. Top of 7, with one out, Octavio Dotel came on in relief of Buehrle and struck out 2 of 3 batters to retire the side. Bottom of 7, Alexei led off with a hit. The Twins brought in a new pitcher--some guy named Craig Breslow--to pitch to Wise, who sacrificed Alexei to second, and then hit Chris Getz. Brent Lillebridge came on to run for Getz. Jesse Crain came on to pitch and gave up a single to Fields, and Quentin hit an RBI sacrifice. When the smoke cleared, our Sox had a 5-1 lead.

The only noteworthy thing that happened in the top of the 8th was Nick Punto, batting with two out, getting what has to be his 900th cheap hit. (Does this guy EVER hit it out of the infield?) But it was all for naught, as Span flied out to center to end the threat. A lead-off homer by Jermaine Dye in the bottom of the 8th extended the lead to 6-1, but the Twins wouldn't be the Twins if they didn't insist on hanging around. Clayton Richard came on to pitch, and it soon became obvious that he was taking Easter off. A cheap leadoff hit by Harris (cheap hit #2 or #3, depending on what you thought of Morneau's hit in the first), was followed by a (this time) solid hit up the middle by Morneau and another hit by Cuddyer, and suddenly the Twins had the bases loaded, nobody out, and loooky who's up. JOE CREDE. GREAT! But Ozzie came to his senses in time, pulled Richard, and brought in Bad Bobby, who struck out Crede and induced Delmon Young to hit into a game-ending double play. Whew!

So the Sox took the series and are now a half-game back in the AL Central behind first-place Detroit. Next game, tomorrow; oddly enough!--at Detroit. Gavin Floyd takes the hill against Zach Miner.

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Very nice play by TCQ in the 6th to rob Span of a hit.


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