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A Great Day to Be Alive (and a Sox fan)!

June 27th vs. the Chicago Team-That-Must-Not-Be-Named

KW's Daily Special:
A Glorious Feast
The White Sox spilled some soup in Kenny's kitchen, but cleaned it up dramatically to enjoy a 8-7 win over the Chicago National Leaguers.

Short Take:It's only one game, but man, it feels good to beat these guys.

Kenny's Burger Joint had to put extra buns in the steamer this afternoon as the White Sox beat the Chicago National League club 8-7 at unruly U.S. Cellular Field. This is what happens when you invite your ill-mannered neighbors over for dinner. They make a mess, they make you nervous, and you spill the gravy and drop the biscuits.

Mark Buehrle, one of the master chefs at Kenny's Joint, started the game and went 5-2/3 innings, giving up 5 runs. Only 3 of those were earned, however, as third-base apprentice Gordon Beckham and butterfingered shortstop Alexei Ramirez combined for 2 errors in the 3rd inning, allowing 2 runs to score.

But let's review Kenny's bill of fare on a happier note. In the Sox 1st, Scott Podsednik hit starter Ryan Dempster's first pitch for a double. After advancing to third base on a groundout, Podsednik scored on a double by Jermaine Dye. In the Sox 2nd, Dewayne Wise drew a 2-out walk, stole second, and scored on a single by Scott Podsednik (there's a pattern here with Podsednik -- stay with me on this). After 2 innings, 2-0 Sox.

The top of the 3rd inning was when the distasteful mistakes were made. Beckham threw wildly to 1st trying to nail Andres Blanco on what was ruled an infield single. With Blanco on 2nd, Ryan Theriot singled him home. Anger-management student Milton Bradley reached on an error by Ramirez, which should have been the 3rd out. Derrek Lee followed with a single, scoring Theriot. Game tied 2-2 in the middle of the 3rd inning.

In the top of the 5th, Buehrle got shaky, giving up a leadoff single to Alfonso Soriano and then a walk to Ryan Theriot. Apparently distracted by the risk of another tantrum by Milton Bradley, Buehrle made a move to first and balked the runners to second and third. Derrek Lee lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Soriano. It could've been worse -- Buehrle cleaned up the spill with only 1 run scoring in the inning. Sox down 3-2 in the middle of the 5th inning.

Ah, but in the Sox' 5th, Scott Podsednik hit his 3rd home run into the right-center seats, tying the game (yes, I said Scott Podsednik). Ramirez singled, Jim Thome walked, and Paul Konerko took one for the team and was awarded first base. With the bases loaded, A.J. Pierzynski hit a 2-out single scoring both Ramirez and the chugging locomotive we call Jim Thome. 5-3 Sox after 5 innings.

In the top of the 6th, Buehrle gave up a 2-out walk to Kosuke Fukadome and then a walk to Andres Blanco. D.J. Carrasco came in to cover the grill in Kenny's kitchen but gave up a double to Soriano, scoring both runners and tying the game again 5-5. But D.J. wasn't done...he gave up a single to Theriot that scored Soriano and gave the lead to They-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Sox down 6-5 in the middle of the 6th. But in the yin and yang that characterized this game, the Sox came back in their half of the 6th. Dewayne Wise tripled to right-center, and Scott Podsednik (I told you there was a pattern here) singled him home, re-tying the game 6-6.

The top of the 8th was peculiar for several reasons. I was fortunate to be at Kenny's Burger Joint today for this game, and as often happens when the bumpkin neighbors from the vapid north come to visit, disputes occur over weighty issues like the quality of one's attire. An altercation erupted directly in front of our seats, causing me to miss Kenny's soup of the day and also distracting me from the progress of the activity on the field. Once the team of bouncers cleared the boors out of the seats, my view of the game was restored and I learned that Ramirez had committed another error allowing Ryan Freel to reach first base. Fukadome singled, sending Freel to third. Blanco grounded to short, but Ramirez had another brain cramp and didn't hold Freel at third. Freel scored, putting the ursa minors in the lead 7-6.

But in the Sox' 8th, minor-league marvel Gordon Beckham led off with a single, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dewayne Wise and scored on a single by Alexei Ramirez, making amends for his bonehead fielding in the top of the inning. Tied 7-7 after 8. The top of the 9th gave way to the goateed countenance of Kenny's head bouncer, Bobby Jenks, who made short work of the north-side churls.

In the bottom of the ninth, the drama was palpable as Jim Thome strode to the plate, but he flew out to left. Paul Konerko singled and was promptly replaced at first by pinch-runner Josh Fields. A groundout by A.J. Pierzynski got Fields to second, and pinch-hitter Jayson Nix walked to put runners on first and second. And then...

And then...a shaft of light shone through the gathering clouds and glittered on the bat of sun-kissed phenom Gordon Beckham, who hit a screaming line drive into the right-centerfield gap, scoring Fields and winning the game. An emotional wave washed over the ballpark as generations of ill-treated White Sox fans celebrated the sacred victory over the vainglorious cavaliers from the city's overstuffed North Side. Justice is done (especially for the blue-shirted buffoon in front of me who's spending the night as a guest of the Chicago Police Department)!

Scott Podsednik was a hitting machine and Gordon Beckham screwed up in the 3rd and then screwed it down in the 9th. For an occasion like this, Groucho Marx said it best: "Let there be dancing in the streets, drinking in the saloons, and necking in the parlor!"

Critic's Corner:
A win is always good, but it tastes so much better against the North Side Poseurs.

submitted by tebman.

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