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Fabulous Floyd Keeps Rays From Stinging

July 20 vs. Tampa Bay Rays

KW's Daily Special:
Seered Mahi-Mahi
Bobby Jenks made it very interesting in the ninth, but goodness prevailed.

Short Take:   Gavin Floyd dazzled in his first start since the All-Star Break, only giving up three hits and striking out seven in just as many innings.

In front of a sellout crowd of 39,024, the White Sox gave their faithful something to cheer about, and the fans also held their collective breaths in the ninth inning, as Bobby Jenks gave them quite a scare. On the night in which Carlos Quentin was welcomed back to the Sox with a thunderous standing ovation after a long stint on the DL, Kenny's Burger Joint was jumpin' and the patrons had a lot to be happy about, thanks to Gavin Floyd and his teammates. The Sox did all of their scoring in the first three innings, but their four runs proved to be just enough, as they held on to their 4-3 lead for the eventual victory.

Scott Podsednik got things started immediately when he led off with a walk. Pods stole second and went to third on the throwing error by Michel Hernandez. Like clockwork, Jermaine Dye seized the opportunity and brought Podsednik home with a single, giving the Sox the early 1-0 lead. That lead didn't last long, though, as Ben Zobrist tied it with a deep shot in the second.

In the third, Scotty Pods and his .370 OBP got things started again, this time with a ground rule double to center. Alexei Ramirez followed with a single, moving Podsednik to third. After Jermaine Dye went down on strikes, Paul Konerko was locked in and picked him up with a three-run bomb to left, giving the Sox a 4-1 lead.

Just a few minutes later, the Rays got one of those three runs back when Carl Crawford hit an inside-the-park homerun, the first I'd ever seen in person. Pods made a fantastic effort, scaling the wall in center field, but the ball caromed and J.D. had to chase it down. By the time he did, it was too late and Crawford was on his way home. With the score 4-2 in favor of the Sox, the Rays added one more in the top of the sixth when All-Star Evan Longoria deposited one deep into the left center field bleachers for the third Rays run.

The score remained 4-3 and twice in two innings, it looked as though the Sox would break this one wide open when the first two batters reached in the sixth and seventh innings, but didn't take advantage of the opportunity. It seemed as though those missed opportunities would come back to haunt the Sox, particularly in the ninth with Jenks on the mound. He retired Carlos Pena and Ben Zobrist effortlessly on strikes for the first two outs of the inning, but then walked Pat Burrell. Then, Willy Aybar singled and Gabe Gross (who pinch-hit for Michel Hernandez) walked, loading the bases for Jason Bartlett. Before Sox fans knew it, the most intense moment of a baseball game was upon them- bases loaded, a full count on the batter, and two outs. Jenks brought the heat and got Bartlett on strikes, retiring the side with strikeouts. SOX WIN 4-3!

With tonight's victory and the Tigers idle, the Sox now find themselves a mere one game out of first place! The four game series against the Tampa Bay Rays continues on the south side tomorrow night when the White Sox will send Clayton Richard (3-3, 5.42) to the mound. It's no secret that's he struggled during his last several outings, but the Sox need a good effort from him in order to keep the momentum from tonight's win going. Jeff Nieman (8-4, 3.73) will pitch for the Rays, and the Sox are going to have to be on their game, as he's a tough customer. The first pitch is set for 7:11p and the game will be broadcast on CSN.

Critic's Corner:
 Three and a half stars. It would have been four had Jenks not made it so scary in the ninth!

submitted by ChiSoxGirl (pinch-hitting for doublem23)

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