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Bite This, Big Apple

August 27th against the New York Annoying Millionaires

Freddy Garcia
Scott Linebrink

Freddy came through in a big game the way we expect. Linebrink did not come through in a big game the way we expect.

Short Take:Freddy Garcia did what needed to be done tonight, keeping the New Yorkers at bay while the Sox scored big in a 9-4 win.

There's something poetic about the White Sox beating the Yankees. Jean Shepherd, author of "A Christmas Story" and lifelong Sox fan, once told the story of going to a White Sox game as a kid with his Old Man in the 1930s. The Old Man hated the Yankees because they were New York. New York seemed always ahead of Chicago in the battle of pride and stature. And the worst part was that New York didn't even know it was in a fight! New York simply dismissed Chicago, which drove The Old Man crazy and made beating the Yankees especially sweet.

Kind of like tonight's game. The White Sox handily beat the Gotham Grandees 9-4 on a raucous night in the South Side. A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Let's review:

Freddy Garcia, he of the legendary perspiration and the junkball persuasion, was the Sox starter and did a fine job. He went seven innings, giving up two runs, only one earned, on five hits, three walks and three strikeouts. Nice work, especially since his last few outings have been scary affairs. His mound opponent was the hapless A.J. Burnett, who gave up all nine runs, eight of which were earned, and lasted only 3-1/3 innings after throwing a zillion pitches.

Scoring began quickly in the first as Brett Gardner led off for the Metropolis Millionaires with a single and found his way to third on a throwing error by Garcia. Gardner scored on a groundout by Derek Jeter and eye-rolling began in earnest among the Sox faithful. But Garcia regrouped and put down the next two outs without incident. A 1-0 lead by the Evil Empire.

Then the White Sox showed up in bottom of the first with a leadoff double by Juan Pierre that should've been a triple but for some bonehead who touched the ball down the right-field line, making it a ground-rule case. Not to worry, though -- Omar Vizquel singled him home to tie the game. After Vizquel stole second and Paul Konerko singled him to third, Carlos Quentin singled and scored Vizquel. But there's more: A.J. Pierzynski doubled, scoring both Konerko and Quentin. So it's 4-1 Sox after only one inning.

The Yankers picked up one more in the third after Ramiro Pena singled, stole second, and scored on Brett Gardner's single. Now it's 4-2, but the Sox answered that run in their half of the third when T. Carlos Quentin walked, took second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on another wild pitch. Makes one almost feel sorry for Burnett. Almost.

At this point it's a 5-2 game for the Sox, but they were still hungry. In the bottom of the fourth Gordon Beckham drew a one-out walk. Juan Pierre singled, putting Beckham on second, and Vizquel singled Beckham home, sending Pierre to third and Omar to second on the throw. Alex Rios then singled, scoring Pierre, and that was the end of Burnett. Sergio Mitre came in to pitch; Rios stole second and moved to third on an errant throw by Yank-o-matic catcher Francisco Cervelli, which also scored Vizquel. Rios then scored on another wild pitch. Everybody dance! It's now 9-2 Sox

Things hummed along for the next few innings. Erick Threets relieved Garcia in the eighth and the Bronx Bigshots went down quietly. In the ninth Threets had an sudden injury as he faced the first hitter and had to come out of the game. Scott Linebrink (eyes roll again) came in on short notice and promptly hit Mark Teixeira with a pitch and gave up a homer to the self-promoting but minimally talented Nick Swisher. Jeez. But Linebrink got the three outs he needed and the game ended happily 9-4.

The highly-inflated interlopers will be back tomorrow with C.C. Sabathia facing John Danks. Manny Ramirez is coming to visit, we're told. The Sox need to prepare a proper welcome by sweeping the New York Nabobs, so let's get to it!

TBGR Diary:
I really, really like seeing the Sox beat the Yankees. It's a good thing.

submitted by tebman.

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