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Buehrle Beaten Badly in Dump Dome

July 12 at Minnesota Twins

KW's Daily Special:
Dump Dome Dumplings
In a place as lousy as this, it was the best cuisine offered.

Short Take:   Mark Buehrle was roughed up this afternoon, only lasting 3 1/3 innings. Clearly, he hates the Baggie Dome... and with good reason!

After surviving another scare in the midwest's House of Horrors for the Sox, they went into this afternoon's contest looking to take two of three from the hated Twins and go into the All-Star Break on a winning note. Unfortunately, between Buehrle just not having his stuff, and the defense having another tough afternoon, it was a foregone conclusion that this would be a tough one for the Sox to win, and it was. Final score, Twins 13, Sox 7.

The Sox went quietly in the top of the first off Scott Baker, who they've beaten more than once, but it wasn't meant to be this afternoon. The Sox took the field for the home half of the first and it became evident almost immediately that Buehrle wasn't going to be Buehrle on this afternoon before the Break. Denard Span hit the first lead-off homerun of his career to put the Twins up 1-0. Sadly, this slimmest of leads was one they'd never relinquish.

The bottom of the second was much worse for Mark, as he was just getting hammered. Within what seemed like the blink of an eye, the Twins opened up a 5-0 lead, and it all started with former Sox third baseman, Joe Crede when he singled to begin the inning. Mark Redmond, who was 15-for-33 off Buehrle in his career, made it 16-for-34 with his base hit, moving Crede to second. Carlos Gomez, who many Sox fans have grown to detest, put one in the seats in left and the one run lead quickly became a four run lead... and it was only the second inning! After Nick Punto fouled out, Denard Span walked, then stole second. He came home with the fifth Twins run on Brendan Harris' double. The Sox did score a run of their own in the top of the third, though. Chris Getz led off with a double and after Gordon Beckham lined out to short, Getz came home on Dewayne Wise's double, making it a 5-1 game.

While the Twins didn't score in the bottom of the third, they did in the home half of the fourth. The House of Horrors continued to give Buehrle nightmares on the mound, as he wouldn't make it through this inning. Carlos Gomez led off with a ground rule double and went to third on Nick Punto's ground out to second. Denard Span singled to right, scoring Gomez and then Brendan Harris homered to left, making it an 8-1 ballgame. In what was clearly Buehrle's worst outing of the 2009 season, he didn't make it through the fourth; Ozzie went to get him. Enter D.J. Carrasco, who temporarily tamed the "piranhas."

The White Sox made a game of this thing in the top of the sixth, when they closed the gap to four. With two out, Alexei Ramirez walked and Dye followed with a single to right, moving the Stick to third. Jim Thome, who hadn't homered since June 26, sent one deep and out of the reach of the Twins' outfielders, making it an 8-4 game. Things got even more interesting just an inning later. After A.J. Pierzynski flied out to left, Chris Getz reached on a single and Beckham followed suit. Gardenhire had seen enough and called on Jose Mijares to relieve Scott Baker. Mijares pitched to Brian Anderson, who reached on an infield single to third, loading the bases for Scott Podsednik. His sacrifice fly to center scored Getz and the score was now 8-5, but that's all the Sox had in the tank for that inning.

Things really got out of hand in the home half of the seventh when Minnesota scored five more. Aaron Poreda allowed a lead-off double to Justin Morneau and that was it for him, as newcomer, Tony Pena entered the game. He hit Michael Cuddyer and then Joe Crede reached on an infield single, loading the bases for Mark Redmond, who popped out. With the sacks still packed, that royal pain known as Carlos Gomez, who had 13 RBIs all season, drove in his fourth and fifth of the afternoon when he singled to left center. With the score 10-5, things were quickly unraveling. When Nick Punto walked, the bases were reloaded and Denard Span followed with an RBI ground out to second, scoring Crede, who represented the Twins' 11th run. Things went from bad to worse for the Sox and Gordon Beckham, who had a tough day at the hot corner. His error on Brendan Harris' ground ball allowed Carlos Gomez to score the 12th run. The damage was finally done, but not before a ball got by A.J., allowing Punto to score.

Feeling deflated, the Sox still had to go out and play the rest of this ballgame, though they knew it wouldn't be easy, especially in the Dump Dome. However, they added single runs in the eighth and ninth innings. In the eighth, Josh Fields, who hit for Paul Konerko, walked and went to second when A.J. reached base, courtesy of Denard Span's error. Fields went to third when Chris Getz bounced into a fielder's choice, and scored the Sox's sixth run when Gordon Beckham singled him home. With Bob Keppel in to pitch the ninth, Scott Podsednik walked on four pitches and the Stick singled to right. With two on and nobody out, Jayson Nix, who hit for Dye, hit into a fielder's choice, moving Podsednik over to third. Ramon Castro, who batted for Jim Thome an inning earlier, singled to left, scoring Pods, but it just wasn't enough and the Sox fell to the Twins, 13-7.

The All-Star Break has officially begun for the Sox, who finished the first half of the season two games over .500 at 45-43, which is a lot better than many of the "experts" predicted. It's been a struggle at times, as the Sox have definitely had their ups and downs, but hopefully when the second half begins on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field, the Sox return to playing the good baseball we've been watching for the better part of a month. The pitching match-ups have yet to be determined for Friday night's contest against the Baltimore Orioles, but what is known is that the first pitch will be at 7:11p CDT on the south side and the game will be broadcast on WCIU.

Critic's Corner:
 Hefty is not the cinch sack for the Sox. Let's get back to playing on real grass!

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