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Double Feature! Pitching AND Hitting!

June 13th vs. the Milwaukee Brewers

KW's Daily Special:
A Full Meal
The White Sox play like a Major-League ballclub, serving a full meal with dominant pitching and productive hitting.

Short Take:This kind of baseball is fun to watch: good pitching, good hitting, good winning.

Kenny's Burger Joint sent the best of the carryout menu to Milwaukee today as the White Sox rolled over the Milwaukee Brewers 7-1 on another Saturday afternoon network broadcast. The national spotlight didn't bother the Sox as they took full advantage of a bad, bad day by Brewer starter Manny Parra.

Hitting was impressive, but the big story for the second time was Jose Contreras. The big guy pitched 8 innings of shutout ball, giving up only 2 hits as he dominated the Milwaukee National Leaguers. Since this was an interleague game played in a National League park, Jose even had 4 at-bats. No hits for Jose in any of those at-bats, but you'd think he'd have enough on his mind pitching a shutout without having to worry about adjusting his swing.

Who knows? Maybe Contreras's time spent in the lower level of Kenny's Burger Joint brought him some glimmer of insight. Maybe while peeling potatoes for Kenny's side dishes, Jose noticed the way the peeler moved when he turned his wrist a different way. Whatever it was, Jose seems to have found his groove, and not a minute too soon for the inconsistent White Sox.

The 2nd inning for the Sox was when they poured it on. The hapless Manny Parra just didn't have it today, giving up solid hits interspersed with walks as the Sox batted around. Konerko started it with a single, followed by another single from Ramon Castro, followed by a ground-rule double off the bat of Jayson Nix that scored the speedy Konerko. With no outs, Brian Anderson walked, followed then by another double from wunderkind Gordon Beckham.

Beckham's double scored 2, making it 3-0 Sox. Jose Contreras swung his mighty bat next, popping up to short. Scott Podsednik tapped a grounder to the firstbaseman, scoring Anderson and sending Beckham to third. Alexei Ramirez then drew a walk, a Ramirez rarity, followed by another walk to Jermaine Dye. Now with the bases loaded again, Paul Konerko came to bat for the second time in the inning. Feeling like he and Manny Parra understood each other by now, Paulie slapped a single to left, scoring 2 more.

Parra was mercifully replaced at that point by Chris Smith, and Ramon Castro ended the inning with popout. Whew...6-0 Sox after two innings. This is more exciting than the Brewers' sausage races.

Ramon Castro got a pitch he liked in the top of the 5th and hit a solo homer to left, making it 7-0 Sox. Welcome to Chicago, Ramon!

Meanwhile, Contreras was cruising through the Brewer lineup. The was a moment of mild concern as Cory Hart led off the Brewers' 6th by reaching first on a throwing error by infield prodigy Gordon Beckham. Contreras pitched out of it without a scratch.

Scott Linebrink started in the 9th giving Jose a well-earned rest. Linebrink struck out two Brewers, but to everyone's disappointment he gave up an RBI single to pinch-hitter Casey McGehee after walking two. Matt Thornton came in to finish the inning and end the game.

Though the bullpen couldn't hold the shutout, it can't take away from the job Jose Contreras did today. Whatever new recipe tricks he learned while in the minor section of Kenny's Burger Joint, they sure brought back his ability to sling the hash. If only he could cook like that every day.

Critic's Corner:
Another lovely afternoon in the park, courtesy of Contreras's arm and the White Sox bats.

submitted by tebman.

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