The Sox lost another game in Minnesota tonight.
You don’t have a pulse if you didn’t have a nervous feeling while following this game. Buehrle lit up the sports world again as he brought a perfect game into the 6th inning, one start after making history against Tampa Bay. Mark still made history by breaking the major league record for consecutive batters retired when setting a new record at 45 (a streak that was snapped in the 6th after giving up a walk. The walk happened on a full count, and I thought Casilla swung at strike three, but the home plate umpire said he checked his swing). The previous record was held by a couple players, including teammate Bobby Jenks.
Tonight, Mark Buerhle makes his first start since the perfect game.
Quentin – DH
This tells you all you need to know about the White Sox playing in Minnesota:
This place again? The Sox return in Minnesota for another series in the little dome of horrors tonight.
Buehrle was the most disappointing aspect of today’s game. The offense did not look great early (making quick outs against a guy like Baker with a big deficit), but they did wake up later in the game. In the end, the deficit became too big and the Sox lose the series. At the start of this series I said that anyone in their lineup could beat the Sox, and sure enough, Carlos Gomez kills Sox pitching again, which is a shame since he’s gotten benched for his poor offense this season.
Quite simply, this is a game the Sox should win. Baker is a pitcher the Sox should light up, and Buehrle is an All-Star.
The Sox gave another one away tonight. John Danks’ 1st inning from hell ends up costing the Sox. His four straight walks to start the game all come in to score and end up being the difference.
It’s that time of year again. Keep thinking to your self , ‘just one more year’ and the dome will be dead for Sox fans. I figure these games shouldn’t be as bad as a series like last year, right at the end of the season, but both teams are still close in the standings. The Twins are coming off getting swept, but you know they have a big mental advantage and must be thinking ‘the Sox are coming to town, here comes our slumpbuster’. The White Sox have tried to infuse a little more youth and speed into the lineup for games like this, so we’ll see how it works out. Tonight we have a great pitching matchup, a rematch of Game 163 last year, Danks vs. Blackburn. Lineups courtesty of ESPN:
Time for me to be critical of Ozzie again. In a place like the dome, defense is key, and I HATE the decision to put Wise in LF and Podsednik in CF. This seems like the perfect game to start Anderson. I really hope this doesn’t cost the Sox tonight.
Blackburn has been very good for the Twins. He is better at home and has gotten better as the season has gone on. Mauer, Morneau and Kubel really stick out in that lineup, but the Sox know that anyone in that lineup can burn them. This has all the makings to be a tough game for the Sox to win, but that’s why they play the game!