White Sox-Orioles: Business As Usual, Chicago Wins with Pitching in Opener
The Chicago White Sox left the Windy City winning four out of seven games in their first home stand on the young 2008 season.
With winning three out of the final four against the Detroit Tigers and the Oakland Athletics, the White Sox outscored their opponents 23-3.
Gavin Floyd and Javier Vazquez both threw at least seven innings of shut out baseball against the Detroit Tigers. The Sox won those games seven to nothing, and 11 to nothing.
Mark Buehrle took the only loss of the starting staff. He allowed two earned runs over seven innings. The Sox lost that game two to one.
John Danks pitched the final game of the home stand allowing no runs over his seven and two thirds innings. The Sox went on to win four to one.
Would Jose Contreras be able to follow suit and pick up his first win on the young season?
Contreras pitched seven strong innings giving up one earned run on four hits and no walks. Jose also notched six strike outs.
All of the White Sox offense came with the first three at-bats against Orioles starter, Adam Loewen.
Nick Swisher lined a single into right field. Orlando Cabrera worked the count against the young lefty and took the walk. It was Jim Thome who did the damage with a three run home run to right center field.
Loewen and the Orioles relievers, Jim Johnson and Chad Bradford, then blanked the red hot White Sox offense for eight straight innings.
After three hits in the top of the first, the South Siders offense mustered only three hits for the rest of the game.
Fortunately for the Sox, the run that Contreras yielded in the fourth inning would be all that the Orioles would get. Contreras went on to retire the final 11 batters he faced.
Scott Linebrink came in to pitch the bottom of the eighth, giving up only one swinging bunt single to pinch-hitter, Jay Payton. Linebrink struck out one on his way to his fifth hold of the season.
Bobby Jenks came in to pitch the ninth against that heart of the Orioles lineup. Bobby notched one strike out on the way to a perfect ninth inning, and his sixth save of the young season.
These two division leading teams face off in the finale of the short series on Thursday night.
Righty Gavin Floyd takes the mound for the Sox. Floyd is set out to prove that his success is not just against the Detroit Tigers.
Floyd has posted a two and zero with a 2.03 ERA. Floyd started the Sox winning ways on Saturday by carrying a no-hitter into the eighth inning. Gavin "Pretty-Boy" Floyd, as Nick Swisher dubbed him, is hoping to repeat his performance and continue the exceptional pitching the Sox have put on the field.
For the Orioles, Jeremy Guthrie will be climbing the hill. Guthrie is zero and one so far in the season. He has a 4.34 ERA in his first three starts.
The Sox get to face a right handed pitcher for first time in three starts. It might awaken some of the sleeping White Sox bats. Thome took his first steps to breaking out of his slump with his three run home run and a double.
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