In what looked to be a much better matchup for us in the pitching department, it was Jake Peavy vs. Henderson Alvarez. Peavy shouldn’t have given anyone any doubt about our pitching tonight, while Henderson entered the game after a really not good last outing in Boston and losing his last three.
The game started with a delay as someone needed to find all the light switches.
The White Sox struck first, starting with Gordon Beckham getting on and then Adam Dunn reaching on a fielders choice that saw Beckham out. The Captain made his return known quickly as he singled out to center. Alex Rios then
reached on an error by Brett Lawrie singled which gave Dunn the go-ahead to make the turn and make it 1-0.
Peavy got himself into trouble in the 2nd, quickly loading the bases via two singles and a walk. Mike McCoy smacked a slider towards Orlando Hudson that he wasn’t able to hang onto, David Cooper and Yunel Escobar scored. Lawrie then gets on due to a bad throw from Alexei Ramirez to Beckham for the missed force out, with J.P. Arencibia scoring and Gordon taking a hard hit at second base from McCoy. Colby Rasmus hit into a failed 3-6-1 that ended up with the ball taking a hop into Peavy's chest as he was covering the bag - which seemed hard enough to have Coop come over to check things out. The bulldog was finally able to retire the side by getting Jose Bautista to pop up, Toronto coming up with a Crooked Number.
Peavy ended up seeming okay, as he settled down for an uneventful 3rd & 4th, and got out of the 5th after a two out walk followed by hitting Cooper with a pitch. The 5th was similar for Alvarez, with Hudson finally getting a 2 out single after 12 straight retired. Alejandro De Aza walked, Beckham popped up and the Sox stranded 2 more.
The 6th saw Peavy retire the Jays 1-2-3 in a very un-6th like performance. The 6th was more eventful for Toronto. After Dunn grounded out, Paulie hit a shot out to right, then advanced to 2nd on a passed ball. Rios then took a fastball deep to left just out of reach of McCoy, and the Good Guys found themselves tied 3-3.
Jake came out in the 7th to face one more and was finally pulled at 117 pitches after issuing a walk to Lawrie. Thorndog came in and quickly mowed down Rasmus, made Bautista send a shot right to Hudson, and then, of course, gave us some Thorndrama before getting Cooper out to center.
Nate Jones came in for the 8th and allowed a leadoff double. But he got the next three outs with a mix of his fastball touching 99 and clumsy/lucky play after Hudson was able to throw out Escobar at home for the fielders choice after forgetting that there were two outs already.
Paulie then continued his "Hey folks, remember me?" tour by drawing a walk, thus sending KenWo into a hissyfit by having Jordan Danks come in to pinch run. How did that major league debut turn out? Well, Rios lined to Cooper for an unassisted double play. Danks anyway.
Addison Reed came in for the 9th, and did his thing. And then the White Sox came in, and did their thing. AJ got out real quick. Tank singled to center then moved to 2nd on another passed ball by Arencibia, then went to third on a deep flyball to Rasmus by Alexei. With 2 out and a Tank on 3rd base, Hudson looped a single out to center, and as they say, this ball game was over.