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Move Over, Charlie Robertson

July 23, vs. Tampa Bay

KW's Daily Special:
The best meal you can possibly imagine
The staff at Kenny's is a bit too preoccupied to think about cooking food today.

Short Take: Mark Buehrle (W, 11-3): 9 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 6 K

Mark Buehrle threw a perfect game today.

That's basically all you need to know, as the sports universe is abuzz about the White Sox's unimposing, 38th-round pick who is most certainly one of baseball's very best pitchers. Already with a no-hitter notched on his belt, it would have been hard to ask for much more from Buehrle, who pitches to contact, makes his living in a notorious hitter's park, and oh yes, was facing the defending American League Champions this afternoon on a cool, sunny day in Chicago.  Go 27 up, and 27 down?  No problem.

The Sox got most of their 5 runs in the 2nd innings thanks to Josh Fields, making a spot start at first base who, with the bases loaded and two outs, crushed a misplaced fastball courtesy of Scott Kazmir and launched it into the left field bleachers for a grand slam and early 4-0 lead.  By then, Buehrle had decimated the Rays' first 6 batters, allowing only one batter to even muscle a ball into the outfield.  With an early lead and an erratic opposing starter, even with 7 historic innings to unfold, you had to feel good about the guy's chances.

What more can you say about Mark?  He was dominant, needing 116 pitches to get through the Rays lineup 3 complete times.  He struck out 6 batters and only got to 3 balls on three separate occasions, everytime hunkering down, trusting his defense, and saving a very, very nasty change up to finish the job.  It may sound cliche, but today he was perfect.  As perfect as any Sox pitcher has been since Charlie Robertson twirled a perfecto April 30, 1922 at Navin Field in Detroit.  87 years, 2 months, and 23 days.  But hey, this is a franchise that waited 88 years for a World Title, so this is old news to us.

Of course, I couldn't talk about today's remarkable performance without mention of the guys who helped behind Buehrle.  Gordon Beckham made some fantastic plays at third base, looking like an old vet (of course, in direct juxtaposition to Juan Uribe, last year's starting third baseman who booted a ball earlier this month to cost Jonathan Sanchez a perfect game in San Francisco) and the play of the game has to go to Dewayne Wise, who in the 9th inning, tracked down a fly ball off the bat of Gabe Kapler, by going over the wall on a full sprint, to bring it back into play and then hang on with his bare hand as he crashed and tumbled to the warning track.  Truly amazing.  For a guy who was getting booed since Opening Day, that must have been sweet, sweet redemption.

Ultimately, though, as expected, the story of the game is Mark Buehrle, who completely dominated the Rays from the 1st inning on.  They made very little hard contact off Buehrle, mostly flailing at off-speed pitches dancing around the strike zone, or when they did put the ball in play, weakly popping or grounding out.  After Alexei Ramirez threw out Jason Bartlett to seal the historical moment, Buehrle was mobbed by his teammates between first and the mound, but after the hoopla, immediately went to see his wife and newborn daughter.  How rare is it today to find a multi million dollar professional athlete that makes you proud on and off the field?  Thank you for the moment, Mark.  You'll always be one of our heroes.

And on a team-related note, the win pulls the Sox in a tie for first place with the Tigers, who dropped today's game 2-1 to Seattle, on the eve of a gigantic 7-game road trip that will take the Sox to Detroit for 4 games this weekend and 3 in Minnesota.  Tomorrow features a day-night doubleheader for the Sox and Tigers.  Jose Contreras takes the hill for the Sox against Justin Verlander in the opener, scheduled to start at noon.  Bartolo Colon will make a spot start for the Sox in Game 2, scheduled to begin at 6 PM Central time, against Eddie Bonine, who will be making his first start of the season.  Game 1 will be on Comcast Sports Net Plus and Game 2 will be on WCIU, Channel 26.

Move over, Charlie Robertson.  Next up, Johnny Vander Meer.  Why not?

WSI's Critic's Corner:  27 stars.  Hey, it's a special occasion.

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Mark Buehrle

27 batters, 116 pitches, 0 base runners.

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