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Baltimore's Buckyball Stops Bouncing

August 7th against the Baltimore Orioles

A.J. Pierzynski
Paul Konerko

A.J. had two big hits tonight, one of which drove in the lead run, though he paid for it with a twisted ankle. Paulie couldn't find the right end of the bat tonight, going 0-4 with two strikeouts.

Short Take:The White Sox come back from a two-run hole to beat the Orioles 4-2, snapping the 4-game streak of O's new übermanager, Buck Showalter.

Buck Showalter, described once by Ozzie Guillen as a guy who "didn't even know how the clubhouse in the big leagues was when he got his first job," enjoyed a 4-0 streak since he became the Orioles' manager. That was until tonight when the White Sox beat the Orioles 4-2 in Baltimore.

"There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune," Brutus reminded Cassius in Shakespeare's play, and the White Sox are keenly aware of that advice. The Orioles, despite the recent appointment of the self-important Showalter, are a bad team. The White Sox are being hotly pursued in a pennant race and need to take the flood of the tide and pile on wins when they get the chance to play bad teams.

Tonight it was Gavin Floyd's turn to win, and it's about time. Floyd was named American League Pitcher of the Month for July after a terrible early-season stretch. In July he was 3-1 with a 0.80 ERA, and that's not a typo. Tonight he threw a lot of pitches but he got the job done.

It looked dicey in the first few innings. Adam Jones led off the second for the Birds with a solo homer, and in the third Nick Markakis doubled and scored on a single by Ty Winnington. Floyd didn't seem to be fooling the Oriole hitters and the Orioles were up 2-0 after three.

In the top of the fourth, your friend and mine, (The) Carlos Quentin ka-powed a solo shot to center, making it 2-1. In the top of the seventh after reliever Jason Berken replaced starter Kevin Millwood for the Orioles, the Sox tied the game when Alexei Ramirez scored on a double by A.J. Pierzynski. All's good except that Pierzynski injured his ankle going into third on the unsuccessful throw to the plate. Ramon Castro came in to pinch-run for A.J. and stayed in to catch the balance of the game.

The Sox scored the go-ahead run in the eighth when Juan Pierre singled and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Omar Vizquel. Alex Rios, raising his head out of a small slump, singled sharply up the middle to score Pierre. An insurance run came in the ninth when Ramirez reached first on a whoops-between-the-legs error by Orioles' thirdbaseman Josh Bell. After stealing second, Ramirez scored on Gordon Beckham's single, making it 4-2 Sox in the ninth.

Matt Thornton made short work of the Orioles in the eighth and J.J. Putz closed it the ninth. A White Sox winner always feels good, and like Ozzie had also said: "To compete against the guy [Showalter] that invented baseball, and beat him, that's something you should feel good about."

Well put, coach.

TBGR Diary:
A win is always good, though I'd feel better if the hitters would hit before there are two outs.

submitted by tebman.

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