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Floyd boosted by hit over "The Wall"

August 24 vs Baltimore


Immunity:
Gordon Beckham and Bobby Jenks
Exiled:
Sergio Santos

Gordon Beckham made up for an earlier baserunning blunder by breaking a 2-2 tie with a 3-run homer. Bobby Jenks had another strong relief outing by getting out of a first and third situation in the 9th by inducing a double play before getting his 24th save. Sergio Santos once again sucked for the 2nd time in as many outings by failing to record an out yielding 3 hits, 3 earned runs, and a walk before Jenks bailed him out.

Short Take:   Not the prettiest game for Gavin Floyd, but he battled for 7 innings allowing only 2 runs. The Sox backed Floyd with 7 runs highlighted with a 3-run homer by Gordon Beckham. The bullpen made it interesting, again, before Bobby Jenks came in to shut the door.

After a weekend to forget in Kansas City in which the Sox offense and/or bullpen lost two of three to the Royals, the Sox came into Monday 5 games back of the Twins. Fortunately, with a little help from the Rangers almost no-hitting the Twins Monday night, the idle Sox gained a half game. The Sox took advantage by opening up their 6 game home stand Tuesday by defeating the Baltimore Orioles 7-5 with 7 workmanlike innings from Gavin Floyd to move his record to 9-10. Floyd did not have his best stuff, never getting through an inning in order, but he battled for 7 innings with only 2 earned while getting backed by 7 runs, including Beckham's 3-run bomb to off Jeremy Guthrie to put the Sox up 5-2. After Jenks bailed out Santos to preserve the win, coupled with a Twins loss Tuesday night, the Sox now sit only 3 1/2 games back in the Central.

Cy Guthrie won his last start against the Sox in Baltimore August 8th, so the Sox were looking to exact some revenge. The Sox really needed to start this home stand on the right note. After a quiet start, Baltimore got on the board first in the top of the 4th with a towering solo home run by Luke Scott to put the Orioles up 1-0. The Orioles went up 2-0 on a fielder's choice by Matt Wieters scored Adam Jones. The Sox answered with a run in the bottom of the 4th when, after Alex Rios and Paul Konerko both singled, Rios scored when Carlos Quentin hit into a double play to make it 2-1.

The Sox blew a tremendous chance to go ahead of the Orioles in the bottom of the 5th. The Sox loaded the bases after Alexei doubled, Teahen walked, and Beckham was hit by a pitch. Juan Pierre hit a sacrifice fly to score the Cuban Missile to tie the game at 2-2. The golden opportunity for more runs was blown when, after Vizquel flew out, Gordon Beckham developed a brain cramp wondering too far away from first and was picked off by Oriole catcher Matt Wieters to end the inning.

In the bottom of the 7th with the game still tied, the Sox got two men on base courtesy of a Pierzynski single and Teahen double. Gordon Beckham then really made up for his earlier mistake and subsequent belly flop by launching his 8th homer of the year over the center field fence to put the Sox up 5-2. After a Pierre double and Rios was hit by pitch, Guthrie's night was over. Oriole reliever Matt Albers then came in and surrendered a run scoring single to Paul Konerko to put the Sox up 6-2.

After Sox first round pick, and current lefty stud, Chris Sale pitched a scoreless 8th, the Sox added another run in the bottom half after Juan Pierre singled to score AJ Pierzynski.

With the Sox now up 7-2, it was now up to Sergio Santos to close out the game in the 9th. For the second time in 4 nights, Santos proceeds to take a monster dump in his pants by first walking the mighty Cesar Izturis. Josh Bell, Brian Roberts, and Nick Markakis all followed with hits that scored Izturis and Bell to make it a 7-4 game. All this without even recording an out. Putz then came in but had to leave after 3 pitches with an undisclosed injury. Bobby Jenks was then called in to inherate runners at first and third with nobody out. Bobby gets Wigginton to ground into a double play to score Roberts to make it 7-5. Jenks then gets Luke Scott to fly out to end the game 7-5. THANK YOU BOBBY!

The Sox now look to take game 2 of this series at home Wednesday night with Mark Buehrle (12-9, 3.87 ERA) going for the Sox against Brian Matusz (5-12, 4.97 ERA). The game starts at 7:10 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU (THE U!).

WSI's
TBGR Diary:
 The White Sox bullpen is 1-5 with four blown saves and a 6.17 ERA over the last eight games, allowing six home runs. Santos' ERA is inflating faster than a hot air balloon. This crap better change....like now!


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