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Cleveland (Still) Sucks!

June 29, at Cleveland


KW's Daily Special:
Gavin's Shutout Sandwich with a side of Bacon
A hearty combination that will fill you up right and make you completely forget you're stuck in Cleveland.

Short Take: Sox climb back .500 again, as Gavin Floyd and Carl Pavano lock horns in epic pitcher's duel turned crazy slugfest.

When Gavin Floyd left tonight's game against the Indians in the 8th inning, the Sox were still holding onto a 2-0 lead, thanks to a few early game runs and another masterful performance by Floyd, who had posted a 3-1 record and 1.60 ERA in his previous 7 starts.  Tonight, Gavin worked 7.2 scoreless innings, as the Sox beat the Indians 6-3 (7 runs scored in the 9th inning thanks to shaky bullpen work by both sides).  Gavin improved his record to 6-5 and the Sox improved to .500 again, at an even 38-38.

The story of the game was Gavin Floyd, who was staked to a 2-0 lead after the Sox scored a run in the 1st and 2nd innings, on RBI singled by Jermaine Dye and Gordon Beckham respectively.  Floyd made that lead stick.  The Tribe didn't put a runner in scoring position until the 7th inning, and Gavin faced the minimum through 5.  He had some great defense behind him, in the 2nd, with Shin-Soo Choo at 1st, Jhonny Peralta flied out to Dewayne Wise in centerfield who then threw a strike to Paul Konerko at 1st base to double off Choo.  Later, in the 4th, Luis Valbuena pushed a nice bunt up the third base line, but Gordon Beckham made a tremendous play to get Valbuena with plenty of time.  Even though their bats were being silenced by Carl Pavano, who had allowed 31 hits over 13.1 innings in his last 3 starts, they were still providing for their starter who was simply dominating the American League's 4th best offense.

Floyd was on cruise control until the 7th, when, still leading 2-0, he worked himself into a bit of a jam.  With 2 out, he walked Choo and then allowed a single to Peralta, a hard line drive that was just out of the reach of Alexei Ramirez.  Facing Travis Hafner as the go-ahead run, Floyd nibbled the corners, ultimately walking Pronk to load the bases for Ryan Garko, who softly grounded a 0-1 pitch up the first base line that Floyd fielded and threw out Garko to end the inning.  Home plate umpire Scott Barry, however, initially ruled the ball foul, but replay showed Gavin clearly fielded the ball before it crossed the chalk, and after a protest by Ozzie Guillen and umpire's conference, the original call was correctly overruled, much to the dismay of Indians manager Eric Wedge, who was politely asked to leave.

After Matt Thornton finished the 8th inning for Floyd, the Sox faced the newest Indian, Chris Perez, acquired over the weekend from St. Louis for Mark DeRosa, and let's just say the Indians may have  buyer's remorse.  After being shut down by Carl Pavano for 8 innings, the White Sox offense exploded for 4 runs in the 9th, a rally started by Perez when he beaned Ramirez and Dye to start the 9th, then walked Jim Thome to load the bases, and then failed to cover 1st base on a hot ground ball by A.J. Pierzynski, allowing Jayson Nix to score and keeping the inning alive for an RBI double by Chris Getz, a wild pitch that scored Pierzynski, and another RBI single by Beckham.  The Sox would need some of those runs, however, as Thornton and Octavio Dotel combined to allow 2 home runs in the 9th inning, but the Sox hang on for a comfortable 6-3 win.

If the Sox are interested in going above .500 for the 1st time since May 2, they'll have to do so against the defending American League Cy Young winner, Cliff Lee, who will start tomorrow night against Clayton Richard from the Jake.  Game time is 6:05 PM Chicago time, and the game will be aired on Comcast Sports Net.

WSI's Critic's Corner:  4 stars, tonight's game featured something for everybody; a pitcher's duel, managers getting ejected, and a wild 9th inning.


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