A Bit of Respect!
Short take: Finished but still
Left for dead after losing 2 of the first 3 games in Cleveland earlier this
week, today our Chicago White Sox sent a message to the talking heads, sports
media celebrities, and perhaps every other team in American League:
we're good and don't take us for granted. A hard-fought and satisfying
victory, 3-1 at Fenway Park.
Contract extensions were tendered and signed before the game to both Magglio
Ordonez and Bob Howry. After weeks of rumors, many of them
emanating from ESPN's head baseball chump Peter Gammons, the Sox looked like a
team building for the future rather than simply tearing down the past.
Good thing too because this is the team in Chicago with the young talent to
make things exciting, starting with young ace Mark Buehrle.
Buehrle was masterful beyond what his numbers from this game
indicated. Pitching in Fenway Park is a bear for lefties but Buehrle was
up for all of it. Whenever he needed a big pitch be delivered. He
got a strikeout to end the third inning with two runners on base, he got a
groundout to end the fifth with a runner on second base, and he got a
double-play grounder to end the seventh with two runners on base. Only
one guy in Boston's line up can really hurt you and that's Manny
Ramirez. Buehrle pitched around him satisfied to let Manny take pitches
and end up at first base rather than swinging a lethal bat at the plate.
Pretty smart for a young kid!
Meanwhile Magglio Ordonez looked like a whole new hitter. He
narrowly missed getting this 100th career homerun twice and settled instead
for three doubles, one of them for an rbi. Very nice!
The other big bopper was Carlos Lee. It was his triple in the
seventh inning that scored Aaron Rowand from second base and gave the
Sox the lead.
With trouble brewing in the eighth, Jerry Manuel called for Bob
Howry from the bullpen. Taking a page from Buehrle's book he walked
his first batter, Ramirez, then got a fielder's choice grounder that was very
nearly an inning-ending double-play. Keith Foulke came in and got
the third out with a K. He pitched a perfect ninth for the save, too.
Back to .500. Let's get over it tomorrow!
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
one that will have Gammons jabbering. 7.1 innings for a lefty in
Fenway, allowed just five hits getting both key strikeouts and
grounders in the first, third, fifth, and sixth innings. Four
walks? Three of those were against Ramirez. Smart kid.
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