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Sox Declaw Kittens

July 25, vs. Detroit


Levels Finished:
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Sox looked lost early on, but they pulled it together when it counted.  Also, Dunn and Rios at least found ways to get on base, as the pair combines to go 1-5 on the night with 3 walks.

Short Take:   Sox spot Detroit early lead with defensive miscues, but rally to win series opener and pull 3.5 games out of 1st place

All of a sudden, the Sox can't lose to the AL Central.  Coming off a rain-shortened two-game sweep of the Indians, the Sox returned to the friendly confines of U.S. Cellular Field to face the 1st place Tigers in what literally could be the most critical series of the season.  Mark Buehrle responded just like you'd expect him to; 6 IP, 10 H, but only 2 runs neither of which were earned, as the Sox offense came to life against a streak of Tiger no-names, winning 6-3.

Like good hosts, the Sox spotted the Tigers early with some hometown charity; an error by Gordon Beckham and a pop fly the inexplicably fell between Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios were the key plays in a 2-run Detroit inning, but Buehrle and the Sox held their composure, and after managing only three weak singles off Tigers starter Duane Below, making his 2nd career start, the first time through the order, the Sox got to work.  They drew their first blood in the 3rd, as Brent Morel scored on a Paul Konerko sacrifice fly and ties the game in the 5th, as Juan Pierre scored on an RBI single by Alexei Ramirez.  After Below walked Konerko and Adam Dunn, intentionally and not, to load the bases, he was replaced by Chase Ruffin, making his MLB debut, and he faired no better, giving up a 2-run double to Carlos Quentin that was just scorched down the left field line.  4-2 Sox.

Solo homers by A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko netted the other two White Sox runs, and Detroit's third and final tally came via a Miguel Cabrera solo shot off Jesse Crain in the 7th.  Still, after the Sox looked so lost early in the game, their defense tightened significantly as the warm summer night wore on, punctuated by a lucky bounce on a pitch from Crain in the dirt.  The ball bounced off A.J.'s shinguard as he blocked the ball, ricocheting it directly back to Crain who turned and fired a bullet to second to nail Carlos Guillen attempting to take a base on the wild pitch.  For a night, at least, it seemed like all the balls were bouncing our way.

All of a sudden, the Sox have won 3 of their last 4 against Detroit and now have won 3 straight against the two teams they are chasing in the division.  Though they pull within 3 1/2 games of the Tigers, the Sox remain 2 1/2 games behind the second-place Tribe, who scored a pair in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Angels 3-2.  I will mention the Twins outcome only for hilarity's sake, as the Rangers scored 20 runs on 27 hits in a 20-6 spanking of Minnesota at Target Field.  For now, however, Minnesota remains buried in the Sox rear-view mirror as they inch closer to .500 and the division lead.

The Sox will take their shot at .500 tomorrow night against familiar foe, Justin Verlander, who will start opposite Jake Peavy.  Tuesday night's game starts at 7:10 PM Chicago time and can be seen on Comcast Sports Net.

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 If was ****ing pissed early on, but sometimes patience pays off.


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