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There's No Place Like First Place

April 14 vs. the Detroit Tigers

Today's Sox Crew:
Precision Carpentry
Gavin Floyd directed the construction of a sturdy frame with decorative curveballs to add a nice touch.

Short Take:The White Sox showed the meaning of timely hitting as they won their fourth in a row, beating the Tigers 5-1.

The great essayist Samuel Johnson once said, “our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.” The White Sox opened the 2012 campaign with low expectations after a disappointing and ragged 2011 season, but the unexpected sparks of a 5-2 start have yielded blazes of gladness. The Sox sparked by bumping the Detroit Tigers out of first place with a 5-1 win on a cloudy day in Chicago.

Pitching and defense. Sounds simple, right? It certainly does to Robin Ventura, who has used the tools he's been given to focus on those two pillars of baseball folklore. Gavin Floyd started today's game and though he threw too many pitches he left the kitties mewing helplessly as they flailed at his curveball. Floyd went six innings, giving up no runs on only three hits while striking out six. He also hit three batsman when his curveball curved too much, but he paid no price for those mistakes today.

Lefthander Adam Wilk started for Detroit. He's not a power-fastball kind of guy, which historically has been the kiss of death to the Sox offense. Not today, as the White Sox continued their 2012 pattern of somewhat thin, but timely, hitting. It was a string of one-run innings that made up this package, neatly adding up to five, more than enough to pull this off.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning with two outs, Alexei Ramirez drew first blood with a solo homer to left. In the Sox' half of the fifth Tyler Flowers also shot a two-out solo homer. Then in the sixth, back-to-back doubles by Brent Morel and Adam Dunn rang up one more run. The seventh inning saw Flowers hit by a pitch (Payback? You make the call). Then Alejandro De Aza tripled down the right-field line to bring home Morel. And then in the Sox' eighth Paul Konerko hit his 397th career homer for the Sox' fifth run.

The Motown mashers were scoreless until the top of the eighth, when Brennan Boesch hit his own solo homer off Jesse Crain, who was in relief for Gavin Floyd. But that was all the feckless felines could muster, and the score remained 5-1 to the end as Matt Thornton wrapped it up in the ninth.

An interesting (and gratifying) stat: Miguel Cabrera, who was so deeply concerned about the dimensions of the batters box in Friday's game, has gone 0-for-7 in this series. Apparently precision landscaping doesn't help his hitting. Karma? You can make that call too.

This team looks good -- low expectations be damned. Robin Ventura doesn't say much, and as long as they keep winning he doesn't need to. Samuel Johnson also is the one who said: "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than open one's mouth and remove all doubt."

KW Appreciates The Game:
"I really appreciate the way we're hitting since Cabrera fixed the batter's box."

submitted by tebman.

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Gavin Floyd

A mystifying curveball that kept Detroit chasing pitches like kitties chasing a spot of light. Good pitching beats good hitting every time.

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