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A Well-Deserved Win

June 6, vs. Seattle

Levels Finished:
This Pineda guy is good, but tonight, John Danks was better

Short Take:  Danks outduels Seattle rookie phenom Pineda as Sox take series opener from Mariners, 3-1

After opening the 2011 season with the most consecutive losses for a Sox starter since World War II, John Danks finally busted out of his slump in impressive fashion, as he held the red hot Seattle Mariners to 1 while pitching into the 8th inning and out-pitching the M's 22-year-old phenom Michael Pineda as the Sox won the opener of this three-game set, 3-1.

Danks was simply fantastic tonight, scattering just 7 hits, walking 1, and punching out 6 Mariners (including the notoriously difficult to strike out Ichiro Suzuki) in front of the home crowd on a warm night at the Cell.  In retrospect, the Mariners never had much of a chance at tonight's game as they mustered almost no offense against Danks and the Sox pitching staff.  They didn't have a runner in scoring position until the 5th inning, and while he did allow 8 base runners in 7.1 innings of work, several of those hits were junky little swinging bunts that either found perfect patches of Earth to land on, or their young speedsters were just able to leg out.  While it looks like a line drive to the gap in the box score, in reality, Danks had the Mariners off balance and under control for almost all of tonight's game.

On the flip side, the Sox did have their hands full with Pineda, who lived up to his billing as the next big thing in the Mariners stacked rotation, but he just wasn't as good as Danks was tonight.  The Sox broke through the scoreless tie in the 4th when Paul Konerko lead off the inning with a towering home run that just cleared the LF wall.  Pineda and Danks dueled at 1-0 for most of the night until the Sox plated a huge insurance run in the 7th inning thanks to Gordon Beckham, whose 2-out single up the middle capped of a battle of an at bat in which Pineda nearly took his head off with a 95+ MPH heater.  With the Sox up 2-0 it looked like this game was a safe bet to cruise to a win.

Ah, but it's never that easy.  Seattle, aided by an Adam Dunn error that really should have gone on Danks on a bad pick-off attempt, the Mariners broke through for their 1st run of the game, but 2/3 of an inning of good work by Jesse Crain kept Danks in line for the win, as he struck out Justin Smoak and then watched as Brennan Ryan was gunned down on a ball in the dirt by A.J. Pierzynski to end the inning.

The Sox capped the scoring in the bottom of the 8th as Carlos Quentin's 2-out double sparked a 2-out rally, as Pierzynski hit an RBI single, scoring Alex Rios who ran for Quentin.  Sergio Santos would need only 7 pitches to put the Mariners away in the 9th for his 11th save and Danks' 1st win.  Beer showers, anyone?

Overall, it was an excellent evening of White Sox baseball.  The weather was great, the tickets were half-price, and the Sox excelled at every aspect of the game.  Danks was fabulous on the mound, Konerko provided some early evening fireworks and the Sox used key 2-out rallies to score much-needed insurance, and the defense was just great, highlighted by an amazing diving catch by Brent Lillibridge to close out the 3rd on a ball that he really had no business catching.  Watch SportsCenter if you don't believe me, you'll see it in Top Plays.

The Sox and Mariners will play in the 2nd game of this 3-game set tomorrow night from U.S. Cellular Field.  Gavin Floyd will have his hands full as he opposes the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, Felix Hernandez.  First pitch is at 7:10 PM Chicago time, and the game can be seen on Comcast Sports Net Plus.

Ozzio's Game Rant:
 Nothing to get mad about tonight, though, if Adam Dunn wants to start hitting now that it's warming up, that would really help my bottom line as I wouldn't need to buy so many antacids.

submitted by doublem23.

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