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Starting Off With a Bang!

July 15 at Minnesota

Juan Pierre
John Danks

Pierre went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Not too shabby. Danks had a rough second inning. Of the nine hits he gave up, six were in the second. All of his walks and all of his six earned runs came in that one inning.

Short Take:   Sox win ninth straight and first after the All-Star break despite horrible inning from John Danks

The All-Star break is (thankfully) over, and the first-place White Sox are back in action. They travelled to Minnesota to start off a four-game set with the Twins and won the opener 8-7.

Although the Sox won, it was definitely not a pretty win. The game started out quite nicely. The Sox scored two runs in the first inning. Juan Pierre scored on an Alex Rios sacrifice fly, and Omar Vizquel scored on a Carlos Quentin sacrifice fly. In the second inning, the Sox scored yet again. After Alexei Ramirez struck out to lead off the second, Gordon Beckham launched a solo home run into the second deck in left field. After Pierre and Vizquel singled, Rios drove Pierre in on a sacrifice double play.

With John Danks starting, four runs would seem like enough to get a win. Unfortunately in the second inning, Danks had a bit of a meltdown. Michael Cuddyer lined out to lead off the inning, and Jason Kubel singled to center on a ball that could have been caught but wasn't. Delmon Young flied out, so it looked like Danks was going to get out of the inning. However, he didn't. He gave up four singles in a row to Jim Thome, JJ Hardy, Nick Punto, and Denard Span. He walked Orlando Hudson to load the bases for Joe Mauer. Who promptly hit a bases clearing double. The Twins scored six freaking runs in the bottom of the second. Six. Freaking. Runs.

The Sox scored again in the fourth. Ramirez led off the inning with a double that was barely fair down the left field line. Beckham singled and drove him home. The Sox scored their final three runs in the fifth. Quentin led off the inning with a walk and moved to third on a Mark Kotsay single. During AJ Pierzynski's at-bat, Alex Burnett balked, allowing Quentin to score the game-tying run and moving Kotsay to second. Pierzynski doubled, scoring Kotsay, and the Sox took a 7-6 lead. After Ramirez grounded out and Beckham walked, Pierre grounded out to second, scoring Pierzynski on a great baserunning play by Beckham. Hudson bobbled the ball, and Beckham held up a bit before safely making it to second, which allowed Pierzynski to safely score.

After that atrocious second inning, Danks came back and pitched solidly through the sixth inning. JJ Putz came on in the seventh for two-thirds of an inning, and Matt Thornton, fresh off his not-exactly-awesome performance at the All-Star Game, struck out Kubel. Sergio Santos came on in the eighth and was a bit shaky. After retiring the first two batters he faced, he allowed a single to Hardy, a single to Punto's pinch hitter, Danny Valencia, and a single to Span. Ozzie pulled Santos in favor of Bobby Jenks who struck out Hudson to end the bases-loaded threat. Jenks came back in the ninth and promptly gave up a double to Mauer. After getting Cuddyer to ground out and striking out Kubel, Jenks gave up a single to Young, which scored Mauer, making this a one-run game. Luckily he was able to strike out Thome looking.

Tonight's win puts the Sox one game ahead of the Tigers and 4.5 games ahead of the Twins in the AL Central. Gavin Floyd is on the hill tomorrow, facing Francisco Liriano. Floyd is looking for his sixth win of the season, while the Sox hope to give Liriano his eighth loss. You can catch the game on Comcast SportsNet at 7:10pm.

TBGR Diary:
 While I'm obviously glad the Sox won, that was an unnecessary amount of stress. I know everyone has a rough outing once in a while, but really, Danks? Six runs score with two outs? Come on, Johnny. You're better than that. You're A LOT better than that.

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