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Mr. Thursday Saves the Day!

July 30, vs. New York

KW's Daily Special:

Dewayne Wise Hero Subs
The new Mr. Thursday saves the day again, and saves you money on your order!

Short Take: Another strong start by Gavin Floyd wasted as Sox bullpen blows another save, but 2-out, walk-off single by Dewayne Wise sends everyone home happy.

One week ago, he was saving a perfect game.  Tonight, he may have saved the Sox's season.  Dewayne Wise, Mr. Thursday, who entered the game as a defensive replacement singled home Scott Podsednik with a 2-out, RBI single in the bottom of the 9th as the Sox, despite wasting another strong start by Gavin Floyd and blowing another save in the 9th inning, miraculously pull a win out of their hat, 3-2 over the New York Yankees.

It would have been hard for Floyd to be any better than he was tonight.  Facing the ferocious Yankee lineup that entering tonight's game led the American League in runs scored, home runs hits, on base percentage, and slugging percentage and was second in the A.L. in batting average, Floyd simply shut them down.  He worked 7.2 strong innings, allowing only 4 hits, 1 earned run, and he punched out 10 batters, tying a career high.  Aside from the near no-hitter he threw last May against the Twins, this was likely his best start in his White Sox career.

The Sox offense, however, is so cold, they may be the root cause of this historically cool July.  Yes, Andy Petitte is a very accomplished Major League veteran and yes, home plate umpire Ted Barret's strike zone roughly covered everything between Wentworth and the Metra tracks just west of the parking lots, but if not for some generosity on the part of the Yankees, we might still be playing this one.  The Sox scored their first run of the game in the 3rd, however, and all the credit belongs to Gordon Beckham, a boy simply playing beyond his age.  He ripped an inside fastball from Pettite just down and inside the left field line, scoring Chris Getz.  That run would hold until the 6th inning, when a rare mistake by Floyd came back to haunt him.  Jose "I'm hitting .255" Molina ripped a ground-rule double to lead off the inning and came home on a single to right field by Johnny Damon.  With the go-ahead run on 2nd, however, Floyd hunkered down and struck out the heart of the Yankees' lineup, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez to slam the door on the rally and keep the his floundering offense in the game.

The Sox put their 2nd run of the game on the board courtesy of 3 straight Yankee miscues.  Jim Thome reached first on an error by the usually defensively stalwart Petitte, who slipped on his way to pick up Thome's 75-foot, check swing "hit."  After a Paul Konerko strikeout, A.J. Pierzynski ripped a line drive off A-Rod's mitt at third, though the play was ruled an infield single, it was a play the could have been easily made.  Finally, with Phil Hughes in to relieve Pettite, Carlos Quentin sharply grounded to Rodriguez, who forced out Pierzynski at first, but then Robinson Cano inexplicably threw the ball away on the relay, allowing Quentin to reach and Thome to score.  Yes, A.J. made a nice, hard slide into second base, but he didn't upend the guy, and with the hobbled Quentin running, Cano probably could have rolled the ball in time to get the force out.  Hey, when things aren't going your way, you'll accept a gift... Or three.

Anyways, with no sign of Bobby Jenks (let the speculation begin), Matt Thornton was called on for the 4-out save.  He started shaky, allowing the first runner he saw in the 8th, Damon to single, but then struck out Teixeira to end the 8th, and then Rodriguez and Matsui to start the 9th.  With 2 down, Nick Swisher strolled to the plate, 1 strike out shy of the Golden Sombrero.  Instead, Thornton threw an 0-1 fastball right over the heart of the plate, which Swisher crushed for a game-tying solo home run.  Typical.

Facing the very tough Hughes, though, the Sox mounted their rally.  With 1 out, Thome singled to right field, though, the Yankees probably would have gotten him had they put the full "Thome shift" in effect.  With Podsednik running for Thome, Konerko singled to move the winning run into scoring position.  A.J. flew out facing the tough lefty Phil Coke, but Dewayne Wise earned the hero's honors, hitting a 2-2 pitch back at Coke, off his mitt, and into center field.  Podsednik scored without much of a throw and the fireworks lit up the South Side sky!

Not only does the win set a good tone for this critical homestand after that disastrous road trip, but it allows the Sox to pick up 1/2 game on both idle Detroit and Minnesota.  2 1/2 games back with 59 to play.  Grab the blood pressure medicine and get ready for a wild ride.  Tomorrow night, Clayton Richard draws the Yankees, looking for his 3rd consecutive dominant start of the 2nd half against Sergio Mitre, a career journeyman making only his 3rd start since 2007.  He has only faced the Sox twice in his career, however.  Uh oh.  First pitch will be at 7:11 PM and the game will be on WGN.

WSI's Critic's Corner:  2.5 stars.  Thumbs up for Gavin Floyd, thumbs down for another bullpen miscue, thumbs way up for Dewayne.

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