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Buehrle Shows Garland How It's Done

May 21st vs. the LA Dodgers

Levels Finished:
If there was a Level 6, these guys would have it today. Knocking barrels out the way and avoiding fireballs that the Dodgers couldn't dodge.

Short Take:All cylinders were firing as Mark Buehrle sets the interleague win record, beating the LA Dodgers 9-2 on a cloudy afternoon in Chicago.

Interleague play has been going on since 1997. It began as a gimmick to gin up enthusiasm after the 1994 strike and remains mostly as a gimmick today. But gimmick or not, interleague play has been very good for the White Sox: they hold the second-best interleague winning record at the end of the 2010 season, 143-104. Today they added another win to that total, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-2 in Chicago.

Interleague play has been very good for Mark Buehrle as well. Our favorite left-hander is now 24-6 (!) in these contests, putting him atop the list of interleague-game pitchers. Buehrle was the starter in today's game, gaining the win in seven innings of work and giving up two runs while scattering seven hits. It's always a pleasure watching Buehrle pitch. He's quick, he's businesslike, and he's a winner. Today all those qualities were on display.

The Dodgers got a few quick hits in the first two innings, with two singles in the first and another in the second. In the top of the third, two infield singles by Jamey Carroll and Juan Castro led to a run after two successive groundouts. But that was all the scoring MB allowed until the sixth, when Jerry Sands lifted a solo homer to left. Ah, but c'est la vie. The Sox did what they needed to do. Read on:

In the Sox half of the first, Alexei Ramirez doubled down the left-field line. WSI's Man Of The Year candidate, Paul Konerko, singled him home for the first run. Not much happened in the second and third, but oh, that marvelous fourth! Konerko began the fourth inning with a single that was followed by another single from A.J. Pierzynski that advanced PK to third, but Konerko was called out on a bad call by third-base myopia-sufferer Lance Barksdale.

No matter, said the White Sox -- they just kept on a-comin'. Alex Rios followed with a home run to left, scoring himself and A.J. Omar Vizquel then doubled to right and Brent Lillibridge was hit by a pitch. Gordon Beckham, who might have finally located the owner's manual for his bat, singled to load the bases. After Juan Pierre lined out to first, Ramirez singled, scoring two more. Adam Dunn walked, loading the bases again (this was Dunn's only time on base, bookended by four strikeouts -- a discussion for another time).

This seems like a ripe moment to point out that the Dodgers' starter was Jon Garland, an alumnus of that 2005 team we all remember. Thanks for the memories, Jon, but watching you give up hit after hit today reminds me why you're not here anymore. After the walk to Dunn, Garland was replaced by Ramon Troncoso, who promptly gave up Paul Konerko's second single of the inning. Pierzynski ended the inning with a groundout, and when the smoke cleared the Sox had scored six runs on seven hits, sending eleven hitters to the plate.

As K.C. and the Sunshine Band said so eloquently, that's the way, uh-huh, uh-huh, we like it. Uh-huh, uh-huh.

The Sox picked up two more runs in the seventh when Lillibridge homered to left after Pierzynski had doubled. It is now 9-2 and all is well. Tony Pena came in to pitch the last two innings, striking out three and walking two, but giving up no more runs. I'll take that.

Your tendentious TBGR correspondent had the pleasure to attend this game and can report that the Sox really did look as good as they were described. A good win on a good day, making for a good night. If interleague play is a gimmick, Mark Buehrle and I say keep 'em coming.

Ozzio's Game Rant:
"Hey! I been in the National League. They like to get beat!"

submitted by tebman.

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