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Sox Get Blackburn-ed

July 10 at Minnesota

KW's Daily Special:
Blackened Beer-Battered Bear
TC the Bear, that is. "What does he have to do with the Twins?" - Ed Farmer tonight

Short Take:  The White Sox couldn’t quite battle back from John Danks’ first inning meltdown. It was just too many walks and too much Nick Blackburn at the Hump Dome tonight, as the Twins prevailed 6-4.

The White Sox annual pilgrimage to Minneapolis began Friday night rather auspiciously. With ace lefty John Danks on the mound, he of Game 163 fame, the Sox figured to be in a good way. Danks, however, would run into first inning control woes that ultimately cost the Good Guys the game. On the bright side, the Sox and Danks battled back and made a good run at the Twins. This team showed some heart where many other Sox teams would have shriveled up and died.

The Twins jumped all over Danks in the first inning when he walked the first four batters of the game. With the bases juiced and already a 1-0 lead, Jason Kubel blasted a Danks fastball for a ground rule double, giving the Twinkees a 3-0 lead. Michael Cuddyer would contribute with an rbi single of his own, driving in 2007 AL MVP Justin Morneau, to give Minnesota a 4-0 lead. Miraculously, with nobody out, Danks was able to gather his composure and get out of the 1st inning while only giving up those runs. He would then go on to pitch 4.2 more innings, giving up only two more hits while retiring nine batters in a row at one point. With an inflated pitch count, it was a gutsy performance that definitely saved the bullpen for these next two crucial games.

The Sox showed a lot of guts of their own by chipping away at Twins ace Nick Blackburn with some small ball. In the 2nd, Jim Thome singled, moved to third on a base hit by AJ and then scored on a fielder‘s choice ground out by Chris Getz. In the 3rd, The Cuban Missile singled and then scored on a double to leftfield by Jermaine Dye. In the 4th, AJ reached on a double and then scored on a clutch two-out bloop hit to centerfield by rookie phenom Gordon Beckham.

With the Twins holding a 4-3 lead, the Sox would finally tie the game in the 6th. Paul Konerko led off with a single and then moved to 3rd on AJ’s 2nd double of the night. Then, hot hitting Chris Getz just missed hitting a three-run homer, but his flyball was deep enough to score PK and tie the game at 4-4.

Unfortunately, the Twinkees took the lead for good in the bottom of the 7th, originating with the dreaded leadoff walk to Nick Punto, this time courtesy of Octavio Dotel. Punto moved to 2nd on a sac bunt and then scored on a base hit by “he invented hitting” Joe Mauer. Ozzie gave AJ & Matt Thornton the option of walking Mauer, with first base open, to face Morneau, but they chose to pitch to Mauer…and they chose wrong. The Twins tacked on an insurance run in the 8th when Carlos Gomez laid down a gorgeous squeeze bunt with Bobby Jenks on the mound, ending the scoring and giving the Twins a 6-4 series-opener victory.

Critic's Corner:
 Nice effort by the Sox offense to get back in this. Erase that first inning by Danks, and it would have been a victory.

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