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Dunn Declaws Detroit

May 5th vs. the Detroit Tigers

Today's Sox Crew:
Master Woodwork
Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko made the most of their woodworking tools, planing graceful arcs with Paulie's seventh-inning solo shot and Dunn's 2-run kaboomer in the ninth.

Short Take: Gavin Floyd pitched a steady game that was saved by Adam Dunn's two-run homer in the ninth to beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 at Comerica Park.

Almost in spite of themselves, the White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on a sunny afternoon in Michigan. I had begun to write today's TBGR in the seventh inning when it seemed clear that the Sox were going to go down quietly. But to my surprise and delight, Adam Dunn came through in the ninth with a two-run homer that put the Sox in the lead. So stunned was I by my good fortune that I wasn't sure how to begin this recap. Let's start from the beginning.

Gavin Floyd was today's starting pitcher, going seven innings with six strikeouts and no walks. His pitches were sharp, his location was good, but his luck was bad. In the Tigers' half of the second, Alex Avila hit a brisk grounder to the left of second that Alexei Ramirez was able to stop but unable to throw. That was followed by a little single from Jhonny Peralta and a ground ball with eyes off the bat of Andy Dirks, which scored Avila. One out later Austin Jackson hit a grounder that went off Brent Morel's glove for another single, scoring Peralta. It's 2-0 Detroit at this point and the Sox' first six batters have gone down quietly -- we've seen this movie before.

Drifting like a raft down a river of inevitability, the next four innings dragged on with little sign of life from the White Sox offense. Fortunately there was also little sign of life from the Detroit offense, as Floyd never seemed to lose his focus or the movement on his pitches. In the top of the seventh, Paul Konerko (who else?) gave the Sox their first run with a one-out homer off Tigers starter Max Scherzer. Now it's a one-run game and maybe we're getting somewhere. But the Sox finish the seventh and go down quietly in the eighth.

In the top of the ninth the baseball-melodrama scriptwriters went to work. Everyone's favorite horse's ass, Jose Valverde, was brought in to pitch the ninth for Detroit. Alejandro De Aza led off with a single, bewildering Valverde enough that De Aza was able to steal second without much struggle. Alexei Ramirez then bunted De Aza to third, the Sox trying anything to score runs. But then Adam Dunn came to bat...the Sox didn't have to try so hard. Dunn hit a guided missle of a home run into the last row of Comerica Park's right-field seats. The Fox haircuts said it went 422 feet, but even Tim McCarver didn't believe that. With a shiny new 3-2 lead the Sox went into the bottom of the ninth.

Hector Santiago came in to close for the Sox, though twitchy Sox fans don't know why. Santiago has not looked good in that role and he didn't today, walking Peralta and giving up a double to Ryan Raburn to put runners on second and third with two out. Addison Reed was brought in to show us how to do it, and he did it by striking out Austin Jackson on a several authoritative fastballs. Whew.

Several things I wish: I wish Brent Morel would swing like he knew what he was doing; I wish Dayan Viciedo would stop imitating Juan Uribe and remember that not every pitch deserves a home-run swing; I wish Alexei Ramirez would remember that the throw to first is as important as the graceful spearing of a grounder; and I wish the Sox would beat the Tigers.

I got one of those wishes today.

KW Appreciates The Game:
"Man, I really appreciate Adam Dunn for proving me right. I knew that was money well spent!"

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