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Afternoon Delight

June 6th vs. the Cleveland Indians

KW's Daily Special:
A Chilly but Lovely Picnic Afternoon
The White Sox play in midafternoon for the Fox network, beating the Tribe 4-2 with tasty pitching.

Short Take:Now that's what I'm talkin' about -- tight pitching, advancing runners, and winning.

Kenny's Burger Joint had planned a lovely evening buffet for their guests from Cleveland, but at the request (and big money) of the Fox television network, Kenny's kitchen prepared an afternoon garden party instead. Nancy Faust's organ music filled Kenny's Joint for the occasion. The picnic basket was stuffed full of solid pitching and just-in-time hitting as the White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2.

Gavin Floyd started the game for the Sox, and the 30,307 patrons at Kenny's Joint were expecting a lot. The Sox had lost four straight going into this game, and it would be too much to lose a fifth against a club that looks this year like the bad Indians team in the film "Major League." The Indians are bad, and the Sox should be having them for lunch, even if they are the guests at Kenny's Burger Joint.

Gavin didn't disappoint. He pitched 6-2/3 strong innings, giving up 2 runs, 1 earned, on 5 hits and with 7 strikeouts. He kept the Cleveland hitters off balance, reminiscent of Bugs Bunny's powerful, paralyzing, perfect pachydermous percussion pitches as we watched the Indians swing helplessly or watch it go by for strike three. The only solid contact off Floyd was by the Indians' own palooka, Travis Hafner, as he hit a hard liner to the wall in right for a double in the second inning. The second was when the Indians scored their first run on an error and a single that bookended Hafner's double. Otherwise the Clevelanders were content to scatter their hits on this chilly afternoon.

The White Sox scored in the first, making Ozzie proud with a smallball display: Podsednik led off with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout to the right side by Alexei Ramirez, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Paul Konerko. The diners at Kenny's Joint sent their compliments to the kitchen for the tasty display of skill and execution. The Sox scored again in the 4th on a 2-out solo homer by Josh Fields.

2-1 is always better than 1-1, but the Sox weren't done. After strikeouts to both Ramirez and Jim Thome in the sixth inning, Paul Konerko walked and moved to second on a single by A.J. Pierzynski. That was followed by Josh Fields' hustle to first base on a throwing error by Cleveland shortstop Jhonny (sic) Peralta. Indians starter Jeremy Sowers threw a wild pitch that allowed Paul Konerko to display once again that blazing speed for which he is famous, as he scored from third, making it 3-1 Sox.

The Indians scored again in the 7th. Ryan Garko was hit by a Floyd pitch, which was followed by a single off the bat of Ben Francisco. Head Chef Ozzie Guillen took Gavin off griddle duty, bringing in Octavio Dotel. Dotel only faced one batter, as Jamey Carroll hit an RBI single that brought Garko home. Dotel was reassigned to the fryer in the back of the kitchen as Matt Thornton was brought in to clean up Dotel's mess. Thornton promptly struck out Victor Martinez to end the inning.

The Sox gave another Ozzieball clinic in their half of the seventh as Chris Getz led off with a single, advancing to second on a bunt by Brian Anderson, then scoring on another single by Scott Podsednik. 4-2 Sox, and we're nearing last call at Kenny's. Matt Thornton was masterful in the Cleveland eighth, striking out two more and letting no one on base. It was then time for Kenny's head bouncer, Bobby Jenks, to clear out the joint. After giving up an infield bloop hit to Mark DeRosa, he got pinch-hitter Trevor Crowe to hit into an efficient double play. The last dishes were cleared from the tables as Luis Valbuena watched a Jenks curveball drop into the zone for strike three.

Like Rick Nelson said in his song, if you're going to a garden party I wish you a lot of luck. The Indians needed it today as the White Sox played ball the way we know they can. Keep the joint open a little longer, Kenny...let's have another round!

Critic's Corner:
I love an afternoon in the park, especially when the Sox look good!

submitted by tebman.

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