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Gavin's Gem

August 1 vs. Oakland Athletics

Gavin Floyd
Alex Rios

Floyd took a perfect game and no-hitter into the sixth, and only gave up one run on four hits through seven plus. His teammate, Alex Rios, didn't have a good afternoon, going hitless.

Short Take:   Gavin Floyd had a perfect game through five, but even though it was broken up, he was simply masterful, and his offense came through in the clutch.

In his last eleven outings, Gavin Floyd (7-8) has only allowed nine earned runs, and his ERA during this time has hovered around 1.00. That record of his is extremely deceiving; Floyd has been outstanding over the last couple months. Gavin's superior pitching continued this afternoon on a warm, sun-splahsed afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, as he went seven plus, giving up only one earned run on four hits, while striking out five in front of over 31,000 fans. The offense came through at the right time, leading to a 4-1 victory for the Sox!

This game was interesting, to say the least. One-time Sox prospect Gio Gonzalez (9-7) matched Gavin Floyd pitch-for-pitch, as both guys took no-hitters about halfway through the ballgame. It wasn't until there was one out in the home half of the fifth that the Sox finally broke through, courtesy of a one out hit by Carlos Quentin. With two outs, the bases were loaded for Brent Lillibridge, who has been hitting the baseball extremely well since being called up a few weeks ago. Lillibridge came through off of Gonzalez with a bases-clearing triple, giving the Sox a 3-0 lead. They added one more, courtesy of a perfectly executed suicide squeeze by Juan Pierre.

With the score 4-0 in favor of the Sox, Gavin Floyd went out to pitch the sixth after a lengthy rest in the dugout. As it turned out, that extra rest cost him the perfect game and no-hitter he'd been working on during the first five innings. He escaped severe damage, though, only giving up one run on three hits. Oakland's only run of the afternoon came courtesy of a one-out single by Rajai Davis. Floyd continued his dominance through seven, and his three-run lead was secured with bullpen help from Matt Thornton, J.J. Putz, and Bobby Jenks. The Sox closer continued to prove he has his "stuff" back, hitting 97 mph on more than one occasion in the ninth, while earning his 22nd save.

The Sox may have snapped their twelve game home winning streak last night, but began a new one with this afternoon's victory and series win. A 6-1 homestand is phenomenal and has helped the Sox maintain sole possession of first place in the A.L. Central. Tomorrow is a well-deserved off day for the Sox, especially since a day/night doubleheader awaits them on Tuesday in Detroit. Mark Buehrle (9-8, 4.15 ERA) will pitch the first game at Comerica Park against the free-falling Tigers, and he'll oppose Detroit's Jeremy Bonderman (5-6, 5.05 ERA). The first pitch will be at 12:05p CDT and the game will be broadcast on WGN. The night cap will feature Freddy Garcia (10-4, 4.73 ERA) for the Sox and Rick Porecllo (4-9, 5.50 ERA) for the Tigers. Tuesday night, the first pitch will be at 6:05p CDT and that game can be seen on WCIU.

TBGR Diary:
 A 6-1 homestand is outstanding, and hopefully the team can take their winning ways on the road with them to Detroit for four (in three days) and Baltimore for a four game wrap-around series.

submitted by ChiSoxGirl.

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