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Math Fact: Seven in a Row Adds Up to a Half Game Out of First

July 10th against the Kansas City Royals

Gavin Floyd
Juan Pierre

Gavin pitched a shutout into the eighth and kept the pesky Royals at bay. Juan slipped back to his early-season form, going 0-for-4 with weak contact.

Short Take:Floyd was tough and Quentin was rough. Pitching and hitting often win games and they did tonight as the Sox beat the Royals 5-1 on a wet night in Chicago.

You can travel the seven seas all seven days of the week as you ponder the seven wonders of the world, but in your reverie you'll only think of the seven games in a row the White Sox have won. Number seven came tonight in a glorious 5-1 victory against the Kansas City Royals. Ah, it's a good time to be a White Sox fan. An 11-game streak just a couple weeks ago and now this: a team that was a woeful 9.5 games out of first place just a month ago now finds themselves a half-game behind the division-leading Detroit Tigers.

But I should cast my glance back to the present and review the salubrious effort our South Side brothers made tonight. It was fun, and not just because of the score: it was announced that Paul Konerko will be going to the All-Star Game after all, filling the roster spot for the injured Justin Morneau. Justice was served, despite interlopers like Nick Swisher loitering around.

Gavin Floyd started tonight's game and went 7-2/3 innings only allowing one run on six scattered hits. As is his wont, he threw a lot of pitches but he made the ones he needed to make at the times he needed to make them. His mound opponent was Brian Bannister, scion of former White Sox pitcher Floyd Bannister. Floyd (dad) was a lefthander who was a strikeout champ in the 1980s; Brian (son) is a righthander who seems to have trouble getting hitters out. But that's okay when he visits Chicago.

The Royals got two singles right away in the first from Scott Podsednik and Jason Kendall, but a couple of strikeouts and a caught-stealing took care of that. The Royals didn't score until the eighth when Gavin gave up a two-out single to Kendall. He had thrown well over 100 pitches by that point and Ozzie Guillen brought in Matt Thornton, but Thornton gave up an RBI double to David DeJesus. That was all the Royals could muster, though. J.J. Putz came in the ninth and closed it down.

In contrast, the White Sox put on a power display. (The) Carlos Quentin led off the second with a ka-booming homer to left, putting the Sox in the lead 1-0. In the fifth, Gordon Beckham, who is gradually picking up speed on his 2010 on-ramp, led off with his own solo shot to left -- a feel-good moment for everybody. A one-out single by Omar Vizquel and a double by Paul Konerko, followed by an errant throw by Alberto Callaspo allowing Vizquel to score gave the Sox a 3-0 lead.

But Carlos the Q was still hungry and launched another Bannister pitch into the left-field seats, bringing both Paulie and himself home to make it 5-0. Though it wasn't fireworks night at the ballyard, we got fireworks in abundance anyway.

We saw that gruesome April and May and now this: a half-game out of first! Do you hear me? I said a half-game out of first. Seven is a number that is supposed to have mystical properties, and it does -- there are seven letters in Quentin. Aha! That explains everything!

TBGR Diary:
The Sox can't help themselves -- they just keep on winning. Enjoy the ride!

submitted by tebman.

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