With the Minnesota Twins applying constant pressure to the White Sox' division lead, Javier Vazquez picked a perfect night to turn around his recent pitching woes.
Javi had a strong outing, pitching six solid innings with five hits scattered, giving up just two runs while striking out three in a 4-2 victory at Kansas City. But as important as Vazquez's performance was tonight, the real spotlight fell on Ken Griffey Jr., who made his debut for the White Sox, playing in center field.
Batting seventh in the order, Griffey drove in two runs on two RBI singles, and had one ball fall just short of a home run in his first start with the AL Central leaders.
The rest of the offense did its job on the evening, piling up a total of 12 hits and four runs, which was plenty enough for the Sox bullpen, which was as good as gold tonight. DJ Carassco and Octavio Dotel both picked up holds, and Bobby Jenks pitched the ninth for his 22nd save on the year.
The White Sox hold a half-game lead in the division, with the Twins also picking up a win on Friday night.