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Floyd in Contro...  Damn it, Jenk...  Hey, We Won!

June 11, vs. Detroit


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Short Take: Brutal homestand ends on a high note, as Scotty Pods picks up Jenks with 9th inning, RBI single.

With their miserable homestand in the rearview mirror, the Sox were playing for mostly pride and to leave Chicago with a good taste in their mouths.  And after Mother Nature cooperated (first pitch was delayed by nearly three hours), Gavin Floyd looked to have all the answers, adding to his legacy as a Tiger killer, while the offense seemed to provide him with just enough run support.  Another 2-out blown save by Bobby Jenks nearly derailed this moral victory, but it ultimately just set the stage for some 9th inning drama, as the Sox outlasted the Tigers, 4-3.

For the first 8 frames, the story of this game was Gavin Floyd, who watched his offense muster a whole one run last night and was facing Edwin Jackson, owner of the American League's 2nd lowest ERA.  But Gavin entered today's match up with a lifetime 5-0 record and 3.38 ERA against Detroit and history repeated itself Thursday at the Cell.  Floyd was dominant, holding Detroit to 3 hits through the first 7 innings and pitching 8 strong innings, allowing 1 run, a Ramon Santiago solo home run in the 8th, while striking out 5 and (here's the key) walking none.

The Sox, meanwhile, didn't exactly crush Jackson, but they jumped on him early.  With Paul Konerko out of action with a bruised thumb, there was even more pressure on the middle of the lineup to perform and Jim Thome answered the call early, teeing off on Jackson for a lead-off homer in the 2nd inning and beating the shift in the third, hitting a ground ball to left side of the infield, just out of the reach of a diving Brandon Inge who was playing basically over second base.  Josh Fields, who had a pretty good game at the plate subbing for Konerko going 0-1 with 3 walks and that run, scored on the play to put the Sox up 2-0.

While Santiago's home run in the 8th drew Detroit uncomfortably close, A.J. Pierzynski hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 8th off Nate Robertson to give Bobby Jenks a 2-run cushion that seemed to put this one away, however, Jenks allowed a lead-off single to Ryan Raburn, but he quickly retired Clete Thomas and Miguel Cabrera to push the Tigers to the brink, but his first pitch to Curtis Granderson landed in the right field bleachers, a 2-run homer that certainly brought reminders of Bobby's other blown save this season, a 2-out rally by Pittsburgh on getaway day 2 1/2 weeks ago.

Thankfully the results were better this time around.  With Joel Zumaya pitching, Brian Anderson lead off the inning with a single and moved to third when Chris Getz's bunt attempt not only was successful, but Zumaya ended up throwing the ball away as he slipped on the wet bluegrass.  A walk to Fields loaded the bases, and after falling quickly behind 0-2, Scott Podsednik battled before slapping a single past Placido Polanco at second base to bring home the winning run and send everyone still in attendance home happy.

Even with their disaster homestand now over, the Sox only lost 1.5 games to Detroit, and if anyone still thinks the Tigers are a lock to win this thing, well, take today as Exhibit A for why some of us aren't convinced by this Tiger team just yet.  The Sox meanwhile, head up I-94 to Milwaukee for a three-game interleague set with former rivals, the Brewers.  Clayton Richard gets another chance to prove why he belongs in the starting rotation tomorrow evening against Jeff Suppan.  Game time is 7:05 PM and the game will be broadcast on WCIU.

Keep fighting the good fight.

WSI's Critic's Corner:  4 stars.  You know, whatever, at this point, I'm happy with any win.


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Gavin Floyd

8 innings, 1 run, and no walks...  Should have gotten the W, too, but I guess beggars can't be choosers.

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