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July 5, vs. Los Angeles Angels

Dayan Viciedo
Bobby Jenks

Congrats to the Cuban Pimp on his first HR, but he also looked good at the plate all night.  Now if the guy could just learn to take a walk.  Bobby looked understandably rusty in his first appearance since late June.  Luckily the Sox have a seemingly endless parade of quality relief pitchers to take the pressure off the big guy.

Short Take:  Alexei, Quentin, and Viciedo light up the South Side skies as Sox assault Angels pitching while flashing leather all over field and Floyd mows down the Halos.

There's an old story in White Sox lore about Luke Appling wanting to give a souvenir ball to a young fan before a game.  When the Sox front office told him "no," for the freebie, Appling fouled off countless pitches into the stands in his first at bat, finally turning to the owner's box and asking if he had proved his point.  Flash forward to 2010, and the Sox, on the road for the Fourth of July, made sure everyone at a packed U.S. Cellular Field got their money's worth of fireworks, as they pummeled Scott Kazmir and the Angels' pitching staff for 4 home runs en route to a 9-2 rout to jump start their final homestand of the First Half.

Don't let the wide margin of victory fool you, though, for most of the night's affair, the result was in doubt.  The Sox scored early, plating a run in the 1st on a solo home run by Alexei Ramirez and again one in the 2nd, when Brent Lillibridge's 2-out single up the middle scored Andruw Jones, but after that Kazmir settled down, facing the minimum 9 batters in the 3rd to 5th innings.  His counterpart, Gavin Floyd, however, was just better.  Floyd, in the midst of another unbelievable run, was downright dominant tonight, holding the Angels to 5 measly hits over 7 innings, but he had a lot of help behind him.  Carlos Quentin made a diving grab at the warning track on a ball slicing away from him to end the first, Paul Konerko started a ridiculous 3-6 double play to end the third.  Alexei Ramirez fielded a ball deep in the hole to hid left, made a strong throw to Konerko, who applied the tag on Kevin Frandsen to end the 2nd.  Heck, even Brent Lillibridge was a vacuum in a rare start at 2nd.  The defense was contagious on the South Side tonight, so even though Gavin only struck out 4 in 7 innings, he confidently pitched to contact from the Angels and the Sox responded.  The only time LA got to Gavin was in the 6th, after a lead-off double by Erick Aybar, Bobby Abreu doubled him home.

At that point, the score was only 2-1 Sox, but from there on, the offensive floodgates opened.  A lead-off walk to Juan Pierre turned into the 3rd run of the night thanks to an RBI single from Paul Konerko, who scored moments later on Carlos Quentin's first home run of the night.  Dayan Viciedo added his first Major League home run in the 7th, a bomb to left field, that widened the gap to 6-1.  An Alexei Ramirez RBI single, solo homer from Quentin, and RBI single from Viciedo capped the scoring for the Sox at 9.

If there was one downer of the night (there alway has to be one, right), it was Bobby Jenks, making his first appearance since being reinstated to the Sox, looked rusty in the 8th, needing 24 pitches to retire just two Angels, while walking a pair and being charged with an earned run on Howie Kendrick's RBI single to CF.   Erick Threets faced one batter, Hideki Matsui, whom he walked, and suddenly a 5-run lead was looking precarious.  Never fear, Sox fans, the astonishingly deep Sox bullpen had the cure, as Sergio Santos struck out pinch hitter Mike Napoli before retiring the Angels in order in the 9th to earn his first save of his professional career at any level.

With the win, the Sox keep pace the Tigers, who took sole possession of first in the AL Central thanks to a "game" with the hapless Orioles, but they pull within a 1/2 game of idle Minnesota and remain in third place in the division.  They'll look to keep the Sox over budget on fireworks as Jake Peavy makes the start against Jered Weaver, Los Angeles' 27-year-old hurler who owns a 4-0 career record and 0.52 ERA (not a typo) in 5 starts against the Sox.  First pitch is at 7:10 PM Chicago time and you can catch all the action on WCIU.

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 Brent Lillibridge continues to impress, is it time for Gordon Beckham to start worrying?

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