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August 20, vs. New York

Today's Sox Crew:
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Taking care of business in the Second City

Short Take: Offense rules tonight at the Cell as Sox snap losing streak by outslugging the Yankees in 9-6 comeback win

A general rule of thumb in baseball is immediately following a humiliating weekend sweep in Kansas City where the Sox scored a grand total of 8 runs over 3 days and allowed Jeremy Guthrie to flirt with a no-hitter for an embarrassingly long time, the last thing you want to see when you look up from the mat is the New York Yankees.  Unfortunately, that's exactly where the Sox found themselves tonight, limping home with their tail between their legs to face the American League's best team.  Despite a poor start from Gavin Floyd, the Sox brought more than enough offense home with them to find their way back into the wins column, toppling New York, 9-6.

The less said about Floyd, the better, who again struggled out of the gate and put the Sox in an early hole.  He allowed two hits, two walks, and two runs in the 1st, the damage contained because Old Man Ichiro Suzuki grounded out with the bases loaded.  The Yankees added another run in the 2nd on an RBI single by Curtis Granderson to right field and could have added more to the inning had Alex Rios not nailed Robinson Cano at the plate trying to extend the score to 4-0.  Following consecutive nights of offensive ineptitude at the hands of Luis Mendoza, Bruce Chen, and the aforementioned Guthrie, one could be excused if they worried that 3 runs would be enough for aging junkballer Freddy Garcia, and, in fairness from one point from the 2nd to 5th innings, Garcia retired 8 of 9 batters in a row before the wheels fell off.

The fateful fifth started off innocently enough as Alexei Ramirez chopped a hard ground ball just down the third base line that could have been called fair or foul, depending on which color jersey you were rooting for, however after an umpire's conference, home plate umpire Tim Tschida overruled third base umpire Bill Welke and ruled the ball just outside the bag and the at bat proceeded, with Ramirez ultimately striking out, however from there, the Sox were all business.  Gordon Beckham singled and Dewayne Wise, subbing for the injured Alejandro de Aza continued his hot streak at the dish, homering to right field to put the Sox on the board.  Following a single by Kevin Youkilis and back to back walks to Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko, the Yankees started a round of Musical Pitcher, making three consecutive pitching changes, yet still allowing the tying, go ahead, and extra insurance runs to score while only netting a single out.  By the time the dust settled and Dayan Viciedo had plated the Sox's 5th run of the frame on a hard single to right field, Garcia's line ballooned to 5 runs on 6 hits, 4 walks, and 8 K's in 4.1 innings of work.

Of course, things are never this easy in a pennant race and as soon as the Sox took the lead, it vanished as Hector Santiago, who had taken over for Floyd in the 3rd ran out of gas in the 6th, allowing  solo home run to Derek Jeter to pull the Evil Empire within 1, then unleashed a pair of walks and wild pitches to put a pair of runners in scoring position; the Yankees tied the game on a single by Mark Teixeira that ended Santiago's night and then took the lead off Donnie Veal, who did, however get the Sox out of the inning with a pair of strike outs.

Luckily the Sox had a bit more magic left in their bats... Or maybe the Yankees inexplicably continue to trot out useless relievers like Boone Logan despite outspending the rest of baseball on their roster by a ridiculous amount.  Following a solo home run by Gordon Beckham to knot the score at 6 in the 6th, the Sox took the lead back for good in the 7th as Alexei Ramirez crushed a two-run bomb.  A 1-2-3 inning for Matt Thornton and a solo homer off the bat of Adam Dunn in the 8th set up Addison Reed for his 22nd save, which he netted easily retiring the Yankees in the 9th allowing only a meaningless 2-out single to Suzuki.

Though it would be easy to be cynical about the Sox's offensive performance when they scored 6 of their 9 runs via 4 homers, runs always are better than no runs.  The win also demonstrated the strength of the White Sox's pen, as the end game trio of Brett Myers, Thornton, and Reed plowed over the Yankees' formidable lineup, New York couldn't keep the Sox off the scoreboard late, as the Sox scored all 9 runs from the 5th inning on and the decisive 4 runs all off the bullpen spread out over the final 3 frames.

As for the hunt for October, the Sox pull another 1/2 game away from the idle Tigers, who took the night off in preparation for a visit from the Toronto Blue Jays.  The Sox and Yankees will play the 2nd of this 3 game set tomorrow as Francisco Lirano goes for his 2nd win with the Sox against Ivan Nova.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM Central time and the game can be seen locally on Comcast Sports Net.

KW Appreciates The Game:
 They say good things happen to those that wait, but thank god they started scoring in the 5th or I might have thrown my monitor through my executive suite window.

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