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Buehrle Battles Back and Beats Baby Bears

June 12th against They Who Must Not Be Named


Immunity:
Mark Buehrle
Exiled:
Carlos Quentin

Mark, it's nice to have you back. Come around more often! Carlos, what's going on? 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in a place that should be like a batting cage.

Short Take:The White Sox hold on, despite leaving too many runners on base and despite Bobby Jenks giving up a ninth-inning run, to win against the Chicago National League Pretenders, 2-1.

It's been said that the decades-long feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys finally ended when the antagonists grew tired of the pointless battles and their consequent harm. They'd long forgotten what they were fighting about, other than the most recent insult.

The White Sox and the Annoying Ones met again today, looking like punch-drunk prizefighters staggering on the canvas for another round only because the rules say they have to. The Hatfield-McCoy feud eventually ran out of gas, and with the way these two teams have been playing this year maybe this pointless interleague squabble has too. But the fact remains that these games count, and the bigger fact is that the Sox won, beating the Ursa Minors 2-1 on a drizzly afternoon.

Mark Buehrle, he of the dismal 3-6 season entering this game, started for the Sox and was opposed by the 8-0 Carlos Silva. Sounds like trouble already, but remarkably the Sox did what they had to do at the right times (despite leaving a maddening 12 men on base) and Buehrle did what he had to do for 6-2/3 shutout innings.

The details: the Sox scored in the first after back-to-back singles by Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios, followed by an RBI single off Paul Konerko's hot bat. A.J. Pierzynski was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Gordon Beckham, who grounded out to end the inning and leaving the bases loaded. So it's 1-0 Sox after a half-inning.

A half-inning and already three left on base. I mean, really!

Things went on scorelessly until the seventh. Buehrle looked like his confident, strike-throwing old self and Silva looked like the 8-0 pitcher he is. In the top of the seventh, Juan Pierre drew a walk and then stole second on a masterful slide that eluded a tag that was waved at him before he got to the bag. This was significant, because two outs later, Paul Konerko singled Pierre home for the Sox' second run. Now it's 2-0 Sox and the hordes of runners left on base loom larger because a two-run lead isn't nearly enough in the National League terrarium on the North Side. In today's late innings it turned into an aviary as dozens of gulls settled in the outfield, adding a Hitchcockesque touch to that strange place.

Sergio Santos and J.J. Putz covered the seventh and eighth innings, keeping the North Side Dilettante Society scoreless. But then our own drama prince, Bobby Jenks, came in to pitch the ninth. Jenks walked the leadoff batter, Geovany Soto, causing Sox fans everywhere to reflexively break their pencils. Bobby the J then struck out pinch-hitter Mike Fontenot, got Kosuke Fukodome to ground out, and had two strikes on Ryan Theriot, when, of course, Jenks gave up a single, scoring the runner. Now it's a 2-1 lead in the bizarre North Side playground, and Chad Tracy at bat. Five excrutiating pitches later, Tracy struck out.

And the Sox won. The ballpark was half-empty, with the regulars having left for the wet T-shirt contests and beer-pong tournaments down the street, while the Sox fans in attendance gratefully finished their scorecards and wondered yet again what all the excitement is about that place.

WSI's
TBGR Diary:
A good win. A tired script. Let's get back to the American League.


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