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July 9th vs. the Minnesota Guests-Who-Never-Leave

Levels Finished:
Going against these guys there are barrels aplenty to be dodged, but the Sox pulled it off with Buehrle and Ramirez leading the way up the ladders.

Short Take:Mark Buehrle pitched the way he does best, and Alexei Ramirez got the hits when they were needed as the Sox finally won a game against The Team That Won't Go Away.

It's been a long time coming. It's been nine games in a row, in fact, that the White Sox have lost against the Minnesota Twins. But today on a hot July Saturday in Chicago the Sox came back to beat the Twins 4-3. Finally.

It was a tightly-played and tightly-pitched game, out of character for the 2011 White Sox. Mark Buehrle was the starter and did everything we acolytes would expect him to do: eight brisk innings pitched, no earned runs, four hits, eight strikeouts, and one intentional walk. If he's not the most consistent pitcher the White Sox have had in the last several generations, I don't know who is.

Brian Duensing started for the Thousand-Lake Twinkles and did the ya-hey-dere crowd proud by pitching seven innings and holding the Sox to two runs. But Buehrle was better, and he deserved better: a costly error in the third and a passed ball in the eighth resulted in three unearned runs, accounting for all the runs scored by the Gitche Gumee Goons.

Here's how it went down: after Buehrle made quick work of the Minnesota intruders in the first, Alexei Ramirez hit a solo homer in the bottom of the first just off the top of the left-center wall. Things proceeded quietly until the top of the third, when Luke Hughes hit a grounder to third that hopped into left field as Brent Morel did a lame matador imitation as he waved at the ball. Tsuyoshi Nishioka (say that fast three times) bunted and ended up safe at first. A successful sac bunt moved them to second and third, and a groundout by Ben Revere scored Hughes. Then a single by Alexi Casilla scored Nishioka, and the Minneapolis Interlopers had a 2-1 lead.

The Sox came back in the sixth when a single by Juan Pierre was followed by an Alexei Ramirez single, putting Pierre on third. A sacrifice fly by Paul-Star Konerko scored Pierre to tie the game 2-2.

But in the top of the eighth Jason Repko, another Who's-He? from Twinkieville made it to first on a 6-3 play that Larry Vanover, the myopic first-base umpire, called safe. No doubt the thought of ice fishing captured Vanover's imagination and clouded his vision. The Northwoods Nuisances did what they do best, advancing the runner to second on a sacrifice bunt. A passed ball by Ramon Castro allowed Repko to get to third, but a delay ensued as Castro was taken off the field with a broken hand suffered from dealing with the passed ball. A sacrifice fly by Casilla scored Repko, and the Piranhas had the lead again, 3-2.

The good news from all that was that A.J. Pierzynski came in for Castro, and we'll get to that in the ninth. But let's discuss the bottom of the eighth when the Sox tied the game again. Juan Pierre took one for the team, going to first after being hit by a pitch from releiver Glen Perkins. He was moved to second on a sac bunt by today's handyman, Alexei Ramirez, and moved to third on a fly to right by Adam Dunn. A single by [The] Carlos Quentin scored Pierre, tying the game yet again 3-3.

Jesse Crain came in to pitch the ninth and quietly dispatched the unruly guests 1-2-3, setting the stage for the bottom of the ninth. This is why it was good news that Pierzynski came in the game: he led off the ninth with a double, and after flyouts by Gordon Beckham and pinch-hitter Mark Teahen, it looked like we might be in for another long afternoon of Runners Left In Scoring Position. But Alexei Ramirez apparently decided to finish this game with the excitement he started in the first, hitting a clean single to center that scored A.J. with the winning run.

A great win and a good feeling. Crain got the win, and good for him, but Mark Buehrle should get more than a footnote. His pitching performances rarely disappoint. Today was Buehrle and Ramirez Day.

And that Minneapolis bunch? I say we return the favor and continue with a nine-game streak of our own.

Ozzio's Game Rant:
"Hey! I say they're piranhas. But today we got them on the #%@$# hook! Ha!"

submitted by tebman.

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He's the alpha and omega today. Put the Sox on the board with a homer in the first, advanced Pierre so he could score in the sixth, and hit a walk-off single in the ninth. Not a bad day, eh?

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