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To the Strikeout Master: Danks A Lot

May 9th vs. the Texas Rangers

KW's Daily Special:
John Danks' Strikeout Souffle
John Danks got no decision but struck out 10 in 6 innings as the White Sox beat the Rangers 3-2.

Short Take:Behind the strong pitching of John Danks, the Sox pick up a much-needed 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers.

Another chilly Saturday night at Kenny's Burger Joint, where 28,864 dined alfresco on a tasty mix of tight pitching and just-in-time offense by the White Sox (and no, Al Fresco is not another of the many second basemen Kenny has waiting in Charlotte). The Sox pulled out a 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers in an impressive performance that did Kenny's kitchen proud.

John Danks, one of Master Chef Ozzie Guillen's top grillmen, had his usual hot hand on the griddle tonight, striking out 10 Rangers in six full innings of work. Though he didn't get the win, Danks showed impressive mastery of the Rangers hitters by giving up only 1 run on 4 hits. All those strikeouts added up to a lot of pitches thrown, and Ozzie brought in Matt Thornton to pitch the 7th. But Thornton's work in the kitchen tonight is not going to win any culinary awards, as he gave up a run on two singles with a walk in between after striking out the first two Texas hitters.

That run in the Texas 7th was frustrating because it tied the game 2-2. Kevin Millwood started for Texas, throwing seven full innings on a what seemed like a thousand pitches. In the Sox 3rd, Chris Getz was hit by a Millwood pitch that ricocheted painfully off his leg. Not one to let a baserunner go to waste, (The) Carlos Quentin doubled hard off the centerfield wall, scoring Getz and avenging the insult to Chris's leg. In the Sox 6th, T. Carlos Quentin doubled again and before he could catch his breath came scampering home on another double spanked into the gap by Jermaine Dye.

Scott Linebrink came out of Kenny's kitchen to pitch the 8th, making all 28,000 diners briefly lose their appetites after giving up a leadoff single to Rangers centerfielder Marlon Byrd. After Scott got Andruw Jones to pop out to first, Ozzie adjusted the recipe by having Hank Blalock intentionally walked. A wise move, since Blalock has a habit of breaking Kenny's dishes. A couple of cans of corn later, Linebrink was out of the inning and the score remained 2-2.

The Sox 8th showed what can happen when the whole kitchen in Kenny's Joint works together on the griddle. In a role reversal from the 3rd inning, Chris Getz led off with a single and T. C. Quentin got hit by a Millwood pitch. If you're keeping score at home, that's two more White Sox batters hit by pitches, adding to the painful total of Sox players used as target practice by opposing pitchers. Jermaine Dye followed with a single, loading the bases. That was finally the end for Kevin Millwood, as lefthander Derek Holland was brought in to face Jim Thome. Thome shattered his bat on a Holland pitch, reaching base on a fielder's choice as Getz was forced out at home on a marginal call by plate umpire Lance Barksdale. Holland was excused as Texas brought in Darren O'Day to face Paul Konerko with the bases still loaded. Paul hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Carlos the Q for the go-ahead run. A.J. Pierzynski struck out to end the inning, but the Sox had already put the garnish on the entree with that 3rd run.

The White Sox announced to the Rangers that it was last call at Kenny's by bringing in head bouncer Bobby Jenks to pitch the 9th. Jenks dispatched the first two Texas batters, striking out Jarrod Saltalamacchia and pinch-hitter Chris Davis. With Ian Kinsler at bat with two outs, a Jenks fastball went behind Kinsler's arching back, prompting the officious Barksdale to ceremoniously approach the mound and make a wholly inappropriate speech warning Jenks not to throw pitches that far out of the strike zone. Master Chef Ozzie stormed out of the kitchen, demanding to know just what was wrong with his recipe. Barksdale struck a pose trying to look as if knew what he was talking about, which so impressed Ozzie that he returned to his spot in Kenny's kitchen. Jenks shrugged off the affront to his skill with utensils and got Kinsler to pop weakly to Getz at second, thus ending the game and giving the umpires no reason to strike any more poses.

The game ended with the White Sox victorious 3-2. Despite his 10 strikeouts, Danks got no decision, the win going instead to Scott Linebrink who had the good fortune to pitch in the Sox' go-ahead 8th. Kenny's kitchen was kept open a while, so as to celebrate the night with a flaming fireworks dessert.

Critic's Corner:
A toast of the finest spirits from Kenny's Burger Joint as the Sox show what can be done with strong pitching.

submitted by tebman.

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