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An Anticlimactic Ending

August 2, vs. New York

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Short Take: Buehrle struggles as Yankees salvage finale of four-game set.

Despite Sunday's 8-5 loss to the New York Yankees, the White Sox passed their first test on this crucial home stand with flying colors.  Coming off one of the most depressing road trips in recent memory, the Sox took 3 of 4 from the supposedly "great" Yankees, but behind an ineffective Mark Buehrle, the Sox couldn't muster enough offense to conquer Mt. Sabathia.

The highlight of the afternoon was New York's center fielder, Melky Cabrera hitting for the cycle, capping his historic day in the 9th inning, when he tripled to the right-center field fence off Scott Linebrink.  By the the Yankees were holding on to a 7-5 lead, although it felt much wider than that.  Cabrera scored a few batters later to ring up the final tally, but believe it or not, the Sox actually were in the driver's seat of this game.  After the Yankees jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning (courtesy of a home run by Cabrera), the Sox roared back in the 3rd, as Gordon Beckham continued to sizzle at the plate, singling home Scott Podsednik and then scoring on a Jermaine Dye 2-run homer to knot the score at 3.  Moments later, Jim Thome took Sabathia to the opposite field for a 4-3 Sox lead, and Buehrle was handed the keys to a lead.

It wasn't to be today.  The usually sharp Buehrle didn't have a complete meltdown, the Yankees just found a way to nibble and nibble and finally get the big one.  Aside from his 1-2-3 first inning, he was in trouble all day as the Yankees were able to find holes in the infield and drop bloop hits in front of the outfielders.  It shouldn't come as any surprise, as Buehrle is a notorious "pitch to contact" pitcher and he was facing the Yankees, a team with the best batting average in the American League.  An inning after the Sox took a 1-run lead, Buehrle coughed it back up, allowing a pair of runs in the 4th and then was on the hook for both runs that scored in the 5th.  All in all, 4.1 IP, 7 ER, and 12 H.  On the eve of "Mark Buehrle Appreciation Series," he just wasn't very sharp.

The Sox came back with a lone run in the 8th on an RBI single by Carlos Quentin to back up a ground rule double by the seemingly impervious to slumps Gordon Beckham.  Though that pulled the Sox to within 2, the very tough Phil Hughes and the historically tough Mariano Rivera combined to pitch the final two frames of scoreless, relatively non-dramatic innings.  6 innings away from recording a logic-defying, season-defining sweep of the Yankees, they just ran out of gas.

Thankfully both the Tigers and Twins suffered losses today, Detroit especially embarrassing by getting pummeled by what's left of the Cleveland Indians, and the Twins were swept at home by the Los Angeles Angels.  So, even with today's loss, the Sox remain 1 1/2 games up on Minnesota and 1 1/2 games behind Detroit.  Speaking of the Angels, they come to down starting Tuesday for three games.  Jose Contreras will start the opener against John Lackey, with first pitch thrown at the usual 7:11 time.  The game will be on WCIU, Channel 26.

WSI's Critic's Corner:  1 star... Offense looked good against Sabathia early, but there was just too much Melky Cabrera and the Yankees to handle.

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