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I'll Settle for the Shutout

May 7, vs. Detroit

KW's Daily Special:
Mark's Good, Old Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup
It's good for what ails ya'.

Short Take: Mark flirts with perfection, offense bursts for 5 runs in 1st, Sox right ship after 4 straight losses.

Despite the 6-run lead, you couldn't help but feel a bit disappointed when Placido Polanco's 7th inning, 1-out double landed just inside the chalk down the left field line.  That hit broke up Mark Buehrle's flirtation with a perfect game, and yes, while it would be putting the horse ahead of the carriage to be thinking of baseball immortality in the 7th inning, it's hard to imagine Mark being more "on" than he was tonight, as he absolutely dominated the Tigers, allowing just the single hit, walking 2, and striking out 5 in 8 innings of shutout baseball as the Sox broke out of their 4-game losing streak with a 6-0 win over Detroit.

After a 1-2-3 first, the Sox gave Buehrle all the runs he'd need in the bottom half of the frame.  Tiger starter Armando Galarraga struggled with his command (and home plate umpire Chris Guccione's strike zone), but after a Chris Getz walk, Josh Fields flied out to deep center field and Carlos Quentin grounded out to Brandon Inge at third.  It looked like the same old deadball offense we saw in Texas and Kansas City had caught the flight home to Chicago, too.  Instead, a walk to Jim Thome opened the floodgates.  Jermaine Dye singled to left to score Getz and Paul Konerko hit a double down the right field line to score Thome and Dye.  A.J. Pierzynski broke the game wide open with a 2-run bomb to right field, and in the blink of an eye, the Sox had plated 5 two-out runs and were firmly in command.

The story of the game was Buehrle, however.  He was simply brilliant.  He didn't even throw three balls to a Tiger hitter until the 4th inning, and then wouldn't do so again until the 7th, after Polanco's hit had spoiled his night.  Speaking of that 7th, with the Sox up 6-0, Buehrle quickly struggled after losing his bid at history, walking Clete Thomas after Polanco and then Magglio Ordonez, after recording the inning's 2nd out.  Buehrle, however, composed himself and induced a harmless fly out from Gerald Laird to end the inning and threat.  In all, Buehrle needed 110 pitches to get through 8 innings, so he turned over the ninth to Bobby Jenks, who allowed the first two batters he faced to reach on soft singles before hunkering down and ending the game, shutout in tact.

As for other Sox-related notes, tonight's game marked the return of Scott Podsednik to U.S. Cellular Field, wearing his usual #22.  Scotty Pods went 0-3 in his first game home, but he wasn't the story.  Jayson Nix also had himself a night to remember; in the 4th inning he hit his first career home run, a monster shot that went at least halfway up into the left field seats.  That should certainly earn him some more playing time for the struggling Alexei Ramirez, who watched tonight from the bench.

Thanks to yesterday's rain out, the Sox sweep away the Tigers in this 1-game series and welcome the Texas Rangers to Chicago tomorrow.  Jose Contreras will be on the bump for the Sox tomorrow against Matt Harrison.  Game time is 7:11 PM and the game will be aired on Comcast Sports Net.

WSI's Critic's Corner:  5 stars.  The offense didn't waste chances to put this one away early, and Mark was sharp as ever.  These kinds of games leave you satisfied at the end.

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