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Toothless Tigers Get No Action from Jackson

July 16 vs. the Detroit Tigers

Levels Finished:
Not only did Edwin Jackson and Juan Pierre lead the way up the ladders, they prevented any fireballs from even being thrown!

Short Take: The White Sox looked uncharacteristically sharp today as they shutout the Tigers 5-0 behind a complete game performance by Edwin Jackson.

"This time it counts." That's the slogan MLB hung on the All-Star game a few years ago when it was decided that the winning league would get home-field advantage in the World Series. A good gimmick, but just that, a gimmick.

The White Sox are playing teams in their own division these first couple of weeks after the All-Star break. For those of us who've been grinding our teeth as we've watched this team since April, we know that this time it really counts. If the Sox intend to contend, they've got to win these games against the Tigers and the Royals. Well, they must've gotten the memo, because for the second game in a row the Sox beat the Tigers, this time shutting them out 5-0 behind a sharp Edwin Jackson.

Jackson has been a Jekyll-and-Hyde pitcher, sometimes hot, sometimes not. Today he was hot: a complete game (!) on only 101 pitches, scattering nine hits. This was no fluke -- the Tigers are a hot-hitting team and don't roll over for anybody, but Jackson had what he needed today to keep them rolling.

Since the only scoring was done by the Sox, let's review: the Sox grabbed their first run in the second inning on a leadoff solo homer by [The] Carlos Quentin. They picked up another run in the third after today's prolific batsman, Juan Pierre, got his second hit of the day (out of four), stole second, then moved to third on a groundout. Paul Konerko (of course) singled him home, making it 2-0 for the Sox in the third.

That was all the scoring until the ninth, but there should've been one more run in the seventh. Another case of an umpire's faulty eyesight resulted in Gordon Beckham being called out at third on the appeal of a Juan Pierre sacrifice fly. The Sox still held a narrow 2-0 lead at that point, so the extra run taken away by the blue-shirted dandy at third base would've been big-time insurance for the Sox.

But come the ninth, the Sox didn't need an umpire to get their runs. TCQ led off with a single and was promptly replaced by pinch-runner Brent Lillibridge. Mr. L promptly stole second, which provoked Detroit into intentionally walking A.J. Pierzynski.

A passed ball then moved B.L. and A.J. to third and second, respectively. Beckham singled to score Lillibridge, taking back that run that was taken from him by the astigmatic umpire in the seventh. Beckham then stole second, and Brent Morel hit into a 4-3 grounder that scored A.J. and sent Beckham to third, where he was available to offer the umpire a coupon to Visionworks. Juan Pierre got a hit (again!), scoring Beckham and making it 5-0 for our invigorated heroes.

Jackson soldiered on into the ninth, giving up one more hit, but shutting down the Tigers and the game. Great pitching, timely hitting, smart baserunning, tight defense. . .who are these guys, and what have they done with the 2011 White Sox?

Ozzio's Game Rant:
"Hey! Jackson, he's good! Pierre, he's good! Tigers today, not so good! Ha!"

submitted by tebman.

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