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Lights-Out Liriano? Almost

September 15th vs. the Minnesota Twins


Today's Sox Crew:
Pest Control
The Sox went into Minnesota determined to clear the twinkie pests off the bases. Liriano led the effort, keeping them at bay for 7-2/3 innings.

Short Take:Francisco Liriano took a no-hitter deep into the seventh inning, and the White Sox closed the deal by beating the Twins 5-3 in Minnieland.

Watching Francisco Liriano pitch is like pulling the arm on a slot machine. You might get nothing and lose your money or you might be surprised and win. Today was one of those three-cherry days for Liriano, as he got a 5-3 win over the ever-annoying Minnesota Twins.

Liriano, who more often than not has looked like Nuke LaLoosh since he joined the Sox, had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning. With two outs, Justin Morneau was hit by a pitch. Trevor Plouffe followed that with a homer, earning the distinction of getting the first hit after 7-2/3 innnings, as well as depressing us all with visions of another Twinkie death by a thousand cuts.

But all is well that ends well, and the White Sox hung on well to win. Liriano's remarkable performance is the story here, but it's worth noting that the Sox scored early and appropriately. In the first, Kevin Youkilis drew a walk and advanced to third on Adam Dunn's single down the right-field line. Paul Konerko grounded to short, scoring Youkilis.

In the third, Paulie the RBI Machine was back, hitting a two-run homer behind Adam Dunn's walk. 3-0 for the handsome fellows in the gray suits.

One more came marching home in the fourth. Dayan Viciedo walked and scored on a single by Gordon Beckham after the ball was deflected by Twinkie second-sacker Eduardo Escobar. Now it's 4-0 and Liriano has his no-hitter well under way.

The effrontery of that one hit came in the seventh, making it 4-2. But fear not! In the top of the ninth Orlando Hudson pinch-hit for Jordan Danks, who was in the game defensively for Viciedo. Hudson walked, stole second, and scored on Alexei Ramirez's single that was another prismatic deflection, this time off Twingle shortstop Pedro Florimon. It's wise to buy insurance. 5-2 and we head into the bottom of the ninth.

Addison Reed trotted in, since the ninth is his natural habitat. Unfortunately, his habitat has expanded to include the elevation of everyone's blood pressure. He gave up a leadoff walk, followed by a single, followed by another walk, loading the bases with no outs. For those keeping score, that put the tying runs on base with no outs and Justin Morneau at the plate. The Sox brain trust did not need to hold a meeting to discuss what to do: Reed was yanked, Matt Thornton came in, and Morneau hit into a double play.

A run scored on the DP, but now with two outs we can take longer breaths. Plouffe was back, he of the impertinent home run in the seventh. Thornton was able to induce a 4-3 putout, however, and life was good again.

Detroit is playing the hapless Indians as this epistle is being written, so it's safe to say that we have all become big fans of Cleveland tonight. If the Toons can make the big cats submit to a loss, the Sox will be up two games in the Central with 18 games left to play.

Only 18 games left and only a slim lead over Detroit. Frank Sinatra sang in "September Song" that the days dwindle down to a precious few in September, and those precious days I'll spend with you. Ready or not, we're in September in first place and these precious days will be spent with the White Sox. Let's pull that slot machine a few more times.

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"Liriano? Going for a no-hitter? C'mon, I appreciate a joke, but...he really did almost eight innings? Damn! I appreciate that!"


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