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Danks Puts Dempster in the Dumpster

June 17 vs. Chicago National League Ballclub, Inc.

KW's Daily Special:
Baby Bear Meat
It's time to eat the Cubs for lunch.

Short Take: Sox lefty John Danks turns in one of his best starts of the season and shuts down the hated Flubbies.

Left-hander John Danks has always saved his best for the big stage during his still young White Sox career. A season ago, he beat the Minnesota Twins 1-0 in Game 163 to clinch the AL Central Division title for the Sox. He also won an elimination playoff game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

On Wednesday, Danks found himself in the spotlight again, as he took the mound for the opener of the much-hyped crosstown series against the Cubs. Once again, Danks (5-5) came through for the Sox and their fans, delivering perhaps his best performance of the season in a 4-1 victory over the hated North Siders and their trash-talking fans.

Danks fired seven-plus innings of one-run ball. He struck out nine, and most importantly, walked no one. The Cubs failed to score a run until the bottom of the eighth inning. By that point, the Sox already had the game well in hand.

The Sox wasted little time in taking the lead. Alexei Ramirez took Cubs starter Ryan Dempster (4-4) deep in the top of the first inning to give the South Siders a 1-0 edge.

Chris Getz made it 2-0 in the second when his broken-bat triple down the right-field line scored Brian Anderson, who had singled.

The Sox put the game away with small-ball tactics in the late innings. Scott Podsednik's well-executed suicide squeeze in the top of the seventh inning scored Getz and made it 3-0. The Cubs looked clueless in trying to defense the play, and Podsednik ended up beating the play at first.

In the eighth, Paul Konerko's single on a hit-and-run play set up a first-and-third situation for A.J. Pierzynski. The Sox catcher flew out to shallow left field, but the drive was just deep enough for pinch-runner DeWayne Wise to come down the line and score the Sox fourth and final run.

Scott Linebrink and Bobby Jenks both worked an inning of scoreless relief. Linebrink got some defensive help from Anderson, who robbed Cubs pinch-hitter Jake Fox of extra bases with a leaping catch against the vines in left-center field. Jenks retired the side in order in the ninth to pick up his 15th save.

The Sox will try for the sweep of the rain-abbreviated two-game set tomorrow afternoon. The South Siders will send Gavin Floyd (4-5, 4.94 ERA) to the mound. He will be opposed by Cubbie hothead Carlos Zambrano (4-2, 3.39 ERA).

Critic's Corner:
Five stars. Solid all-around game at the Urinal today.

submitted by JB98.

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