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April 18 vs. Baltimore


Today's Sox Crew:
Welders
The Sox finally put the pitching and the hitting together today, and the result was a one-sided victory.

Short Take: Jake Peavy pitched like a top-of-the-rotation starter, and the Sox gave him plenty of support in an 8-1 rout of Baltimore.

All the fatalists can put down the sharp knives now. Believe it or not, the White Sox are capable of beating the Baltimore Orioles. Jake Peavy turned in his second consecutive strong outing, and the Sox backed him with an 11-hit attack and strong defense Wednesday in an 8-1 victory at U.S. Cellular Field.

With the win, the Sox snapped their three-game losing streak and pulled their season record back above the .500 mark at 6-5.

Peavy (2-0) worked seven innings, allowing just a run on four hits. He struck out eight and walked nobody. The former Cy Young award winner has a 2.75 ERA and a 10.5:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio through his first three starts of the season. Is he finally healthy? There is plenty of reason for hope.

The Sox offense gave fans plenty of reason for hope as well as players up and down the lineup made key contributions. A.J. Pierzynski continued his power surge with a two-run homer off Baltimore loser Tommy Hunter (1-1) in the second inning. The blast was Pierzynski’s team-best fourth of the season and staked the South Siders to an early 2-1 lead.

Alex Rios hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the third inning, and Alejandro De Aza’s third home run of the season in the fourth increased the advantage to 4-1.

The Sox put the game away with a four-run rally in the sixth, and get this, the key hits were delivered by Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn! No, I’m not kidding. Beckham came up with runners on first and second and one out and singled to left to score Rios, who had been hit by a pitch earlier in the inning. After De Aza was intentionally walked to load the bases, the hopeless Brent Morel struck out swinging for the second out of the inning.

That brought up Dunn. Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who invented the game of baseball, removed Hunter and replaced him with left-handed reliever Troy Patton. Last year, there’s little question this move would have resulted in a strikeout for Dunn. Alas, it’s a new season and Dunn worked the count full before lining a bases-clearing double down the left field line to put the Sox ahead 8-1.

Shortstop Alexei Ramirez kicked a routine double-play ball in the top of the eighth inning, but he gets a pass for that because he made three terrific plays earlier in game. The most spectacular one came in the top of the fifth, when Ramirez ranged to his right and dove to snag a grounder, rose to his knees and threw out Chris Davis.

The Sox will close out this four-game series with Baltimore and this seven-game homestand Thursday at 1:10 p.m. Gavin Floyd (1-1, 3.09 ERA) will pitch for the South Siders. His mound opponent will be right-hander Jason Hammel (1-0, 2.08 ERA). The game will air on Comcast SportsNet.

WSI's
KW Appreciates The Game:
“I’d appreciate if you’d stop asking Peavy questions about his health. He’s fine.”


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