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Danks Cooks Birds, Even With Sore Fingers

August 22nd vs. the Baltimore Orioles

KW's Daily Special:
Wild Game Birds
John Danks wildly mixes his spices, but cooks up a 4-1 win over the Orioles.

Short Take:John Danks started wild and uncertain, but came back strong to lead the Sox to a 4-1 win over the O's.

Some nights the spices get handled poorly at Kenny's Burger Joint, but the kitchen staff has enough skill to bring out a tasty dish anyway. That was the case tonight as John Danks was wild as a March hare for the first few innings, and then came back strong to pitch through six and get a 4-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Baltimore starter (and loser) David Hernandez had similar problems acquainting himself with the strike zone and never seemed to find it, lasting only four innings.

In the top of the first Danks gave up a walk to Cesar Izturis and a single to Nick Markakis as he struggled to find the strike zone. He got out without yielding a run in an inning that was highlighted by a circus catch by Gonzo Gordon Beckham of a 300 MPH Brian Roberts liner. I don't know, maybe this Beckham experiment will work out...we'll have to wait and see.

Danks still looked shaky in the second, giving up a leadoff walk to Melvin Mora. He was able to coax a fielder's choice and then a double play out of the Birds to get off the hook. Speculation reigned as Sox patrons twitched with memories of Danks' previous issues with his pitching hand. But in the Sox' half of the second, (The) Carlos Quentin calmed most of our nerves by launching a solo homer to left that traveled about ten miles, far beyond the White Sox bullpen. 1-0 Sox after two innings.

The third was scary as Danks gave up another leadoff walk to Ty Wigginton. Though Wigginton was out trying to steal second, Danks walked Roberts, who then stole second. Izturis then hit a sinking liner to left that Quentin couldn't keep in his glove, putting runners on first and third with one out. Then Danks walked Adam Jones, loading the bases. Nick Markakis couldn't lay off the high fastball and struck out, followed by a Nolan Reimold popout. Whew. No runs scored, still 1-0 Sox.

In the top of the fourth Danks seemed to have figured out which finger was which as he got the pigeons out 1-2-3. Apparently energized by Danks' healed fingers, the Sox offense woke up in their half of the fourth and scored two more runs. Jim Thome walked, TCQ got hit by a pitch (again), A.J. Pierzynski singled, resulting in a no-out, bases-loaded situation. Alexei Ramirez rapped an single that scored the fleet-footed Jim Thome from third and Mark Kotsay lifted a sacrifice fly to center that allowed TCQ to come on home. 3-0 Sox after four.

The Sox tried an encore in the fifth as Jermaine Dye drew a one-out walk, followed by a 380-foot, off-the-wall single by Jim Thome that sent J.D. to third. A wild pitch by Baltimore reliever Brian Bass let Dye come trotting home. Despite a single by Pierzynski and a walk to Ramirez that loaded the bases again, the Sox couldn't score any more than one run that inning, making it 4-0 Sox after five.

Meanwhile, Danks was cruising. Whatever his problem was in the first three innings, he found the cure and was mowing down Oriole batters going into the seventh. Another leadoff walk in the seventh to Luke Scott and a single by Ty Wigginton was all that Head Chef Ozzie Guillen needed to see, and he brought in Matt Thornton to run the griddle. Thornton pitched fast and strong, but threw a wild pitch allowing Scott to score from third. But Matt did what he's paid to do and got the last two outs. 4-1 Sox in the middle of the seventh.

The Sox seventh was oddly disappointing. Jim Thome got a one-out double, and after T.C. Quentin popped out, A.J. Pierzynski was intentionally walked. Alexei Ramirez then hit a sharp single to Reimold in left, who made a great throw to third to nail Pierzynski. The oddly-disappointing part was that the final out at third was made before the speedy Thome had crossed home plate. No scoring in all that excitement and it's still 4-1 Sox after seven. Phooey.

All quiet until the ninth when Bad Bobby Jenks came in with a 4-1 lead and proceeded to scare the hell out of us, giving up a one-out single to pinch-hitter Michael Aubrey and a walk to Brian Roberts. But Cub castoff Felix Pie struck out and Adam Jones hit into a broken-bat force out to end the game. Exhale.

This is what happens when the spices get spilled in the kitchen. Recipes are thrown out of balance and it takes a measure of skill and luck to keep the signature dishes up to Kenny's Burger Joint standards. Nice recovery there, Johnny. Just let us know next time if your finger hurts. We've got plenty of bandages in the kitchen cabinet.

Critic's Corner:
Three stars tonight. Scary pitching to start, but strong stuff to finish. And the Sox won!

submitted by tebman.

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A.J. Pierzynski

Deuces wild! Two for two with two walks, all while steering the wild John Danks to a victory.

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