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Reprise: We're Gavin A Great Time

August 15th vs. the Oakland Athletics


KW's Daily Special:
Comfort Food in an Uncomfortable Place
Gavin Floyd pitches seven strong innings, leading the Sox to an 8-1 win in a ballpark that used to make them squirm.

Short Take:Gavin Floyd once again demonstrates that he's an ace-in-waiting as he pitches a tight game to lead the Sox to an 8-1 win over the A's.

Today was the day Kenny's Burger Joint took the canteen truck on the road, serving up hot and tasty goods. Today the mobile Joint went to Oakland to show the mavens of moneyball how it's done on the South Side, beating the Athletics 8-1. It was decided by the swells at Fox television that today's contest would be played in secret, since the network opted not to cover the Sox-A's game at all. Also, since Fox's big checkbook assures that nobody else televises baseball on Saturday, we had to rely on the dulcet tones of Ed Farmer and Darrin Jackson to inform us. Since we couldn't see what happened, we'll have to take their word for it.

Gavin Floyd pitched a masterful game, earning his 10th win as he went seven innings of 1-run, 8-hit ball while notching eight strikeouts. Gavin's looking better all the time, and the mind pleasantly wanders as visions of a Buehrle-Peavy-Floyd-Danks rotation drifts through the head like the visions of sugarplums on Christmas Eve. Pitching wins games, and gamers are winning pitchers on this team.

As to the scoring, not much happened until the third inning when Alexei Ramirez drew a walk off A's starter Gio Gonzalez. (If that name rings a bell, it should: he's the bauble the Sox gave up to get the forgettably legendary Nick Swisher. Must've been the right move -- we beat him today.)

That walk to Ramirez allowed Jason Nix to hit a line drive homer to left, putting the Sox up 2-0. Then in the fourth, hot-bat bad-boy A.J. Pierzynski singled, followed by another single off the bat of (The) Carlos Quentin. Pierzynski went to third on the hit and TCQ went to second on a throwing error by Ryan Sweeney (If that name rings a bell, see above.). Then Ramirez, back to bat again, singled in A.J. and advanced T. Carlos Quentin to third. A sacrifice fly by Jason Nix brought TCQ home, making it 4-0 Sox in the middle of the fourth.

The Athletics scored their only run in the fourth after a leadoff walk to Sweeney and an RBI double by Mark Ellis. Ironically, Floyd struck out the side that inning. But if you're throwing strikes, you're going to give up some hits (see Buehrle, Mark).

In the Sox' sixth, Gonzalez gave up walks to Pierzynski and Quentin, after which he was replaced by Santiago Casilla. Alexei Ramirez got down a bunt, advancing A.J. and TCQ to third and second, respectively. Gordon Beckham then hit a double (of course), scoring both runners. We should start calling him Gordon D. Beckham because doubles clearly is his middle name. Jermaine Dye then singled, scoring Beckham, making it 7-1 Sox in the middle of the sixth.

Another milestone was reached in the ninth as Mr. Incredible himself, Jim Thome, hit his 563rd career homer, tying Reggie Jackson. Call him one-dimensional, but man, it's fun to watch him do what he does.

Scott Linebrink and Randy Williams brought it on home for Floyd and the Sox with the final score 8-1. A good game all around -- a pity the pinheads at Fox didn't get to see it.

WSI's
Critic's Corner:
Four stars for today's menu. Solid pitching, timely hitting, all those little things that can make a big season.


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