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Sunday Sweetness

April 11th against the Minnesota Twins

Mark Buehrle
Mark Teahen

Another 0-fer. C'mon, man, we want to like you, we really do.

Short Take: Mark Buehrle goes eight innings despite his pitches' unwillingness to work for him, and keeps the Sox in the game to beat the Twins 5-4.

Mark Buehrle can't win every game, but given a chance he'll sure try. Despite not having his best stuff, Mark pitched eight innings to keep the Sox in the game and the bullpen rested as the White Sox finally won their second game of the season 5-4 against the Minnesota Twins.

It didn't look good for Buehrle in the first, as he gave up a single to Orlando Hudson, followed by a double to Joe Mauer, and capped by a two-run single by Justin Morneau. The piranha boys found themselves up 2-0 in the top of the first.

But the Sox came back in the bottom of the first. (The) Carlos Quentin hit a 2-out double and Paulie (Walnuts) Konerko hit his third homer of the year, tying the game 2-2. So far this year the small-ball plan isn't panning out quite as Ozzie planned.

Buehrle gave up two more runs in the Twins' third inning, as Denard Span got a ground-rule double and took third on an uncharacteristic Buehrle wild pitch. Mauer (of course) doubled again, driving in Span. Later Michael Cuddyer singled home Mauer and before you can say twinkie, the Twins are up 4-2.

The Sox got a run back in the fifth on an un-Ozzieball homer by Mark Kotsay. Well, if you can't get base hits, then you do what you have to do. Picking up on that cue, former minor-league-shortstop-turned-thirdbaseman-turned-secondbaseman Gordon Beckham homered in the sixth to tie the game 4-4. Apparently after going 1-4 trying small-ball, the offense went to Plan B and started hitting homers.

Buehrle, bless his heart, hung in there and pitched through the eighth. Gotta love that guy. In the bottom of the eighth, maybe inspired by Buehrle's performance, the Sox came up with the lead run when TCQ got a 2-out single followed by a Konerko single, bringing up Andruw Jones, pinch-hitting for Mark Kotsay. Jones singled, driving in Quentin on a play that would have been close but for a bad throw by Twinko leftfielder Delmon Young.

The ninth saw the triumphant return of Bobby Jenks, who retired the first two Minnesota pests on a popup and a strikeout. It's never easy, though: J.J. Hardy singled, bringing up your friend and mine, Jim Thome. Thome hit one deep that hit the left-center wall. Juan Pierre fielded it on the bounce, relayed to Mark Teahen, who fired to A.J. Pierzynski, who tagged the slow-approaching Hardy as he came down the third-base line. Game ovah, and A White Sox Winner. About time.

TBGR Diary:
Well, today they hit. Three home runs sure ain't smallball, but it works.

submitted by tebman.

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Andruw Jones

Came up with the big pinch-hit single in the eighth when it counted. Smallball or whatever, it put the Sox in the lead to stay.

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