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BUEHRLE BESTS BENGALS.....Chicago WSox 6, TIGERS 0, Th 5/7/09
Posted on: 05-07-2009

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>>caption:  A.J. WATCHES HIS
2rHR THAT CAPPED A 5-R/B-1st<<


    All the White Sox needed to
snap their 4-game losing skid
was for the Tigers to show up.
    The ChiSox have dominated
Detroit since the start of 2005
(51-26) and Thursday was no different.
    LHP Mark Buehrle (W, 5-0) pitched a perfect game for 6.1-IP and combined
with closer Bobby Jenks for a 6-0 shutout in the only outing of a rain-shortened
1-game South Side series.
    Buehrle retired the first 19 Tigers he faced until Placido Polanco stroked
a 1-out double to the LField corner in the T-7th. Buehrle then walked a pair
of Tigers to load the bases in that frame, but escaped with no damage. Those
were the only three baserunners Buehrle allowed as he went 8-IP with 5-K.
Buehrle was soon good the game took only 2-hr, 2-min to play.
    Buehrle improved to 14-8 with a 2.86-ERA lifetime against Detroit.
    Jenks was greeted in the T-9th by singles off the bats of Curtis Granderson
and Polanco, but likewise wiggled out of a (runners at the corners) threat.
    Tiger starter Armando Galarrage lost his second consecutive decision (3-2)
after a 3-0 start to the season.
    In effect, the ballgame was over after the 1st-INN. The White Sox scored
five times with 2-out in the B-1st on an RBI-1B from Jermaine Dye, a 2r2B off the
bat of Paul Konerko and a 2rHR (#4) over the glove of leaping Clete Thomas and
into the sports bar in RField.  
    Jason Nix added a solo shot (1st MLB HR) to LField for an insurance run in the
    Galarraga allowed 6-R/6-ER on 6-H & 2-W with 3-K. Rookie Ryan Perry tossed
the final two frames with 1-W & 1-K.
    Polanco and Konerko were both 2-for-4, the only two batters in the ballgame
with multiple basehits.
    The Tigers are now 14-13 and Chicago 13-14.
      DET      0-3-1, 5-LOB      (L) Galarraga, 3-2
      CWS     6-6-0, 4-LOB     (W) Buehrle, 5-0    

TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "In, out, cut the ball, jam guys, tail away, change up on them --
that's the art of pitching. (Buehrle) just carved us up, made it look easy...(Galarraga) hung
in there and continued to battle (after the 5-R/B-1st)...I give him a lot of credit. Some guys
would've caved.""

TIGERS C GERALD LAIRD:   "(Buehrle) was back and forth, cutters in, keeping you off
balance, getting a lot of groundballs and guys having a lot of bad swings...(Galarraga's)
fastball and slider command isn't what it has been."

WSOX SP MARK BUEHRLE:   "It's an honor to pitch in the major leagues. It's a kid's
game and I try to have as much fun as I can, win or lose. A lot of people would love
to be doing what I'm doing, and I appreciate every minute of it."


    Tiger TV analyst Rod Allen called the Polanco basehit that broke-up Burhrle's
perfecto with 1-out in the T-7th.
    Polanco has a .406-BA lifetime vs Buehrle and .325 all-time against the White Sox.
    WSox lead-off man Chris Getz was 1-for-2 with 1-R & 2-W. Rookie 2Bman Getz
(Grosse Pointe South HS) was sidelined with an elbow injury when the WSox visited
Detroit last month.
    Buehrle became the first WSox lefty to start a season 5-0 since Wilson Alvarez
in 1994.
    The White Sox are 6-0 in games Buehrle has started this year and 7-14 otherwise.
    Galarraga's ERA has grown from 1.85 to 4.08 over his last two starts.
    Detroit opens a 3-game series at Cleveland Friday night where Cliff Lee (1-4) of
the Indians and Justin Verlander (2-2) of the Tigers are the probable pitchers in a
rematch of last Sunday at Comerica Park. Fausto Carmona (1-3) and Anthony Reyes
(1-0) are slated to pitch the other two games for the Indians with Edwin Jackson (1-2)
and Rick Porcello (2-3) listed for the Tigers.
    After four minor league rehab assignments including two with the 3A Toledo Mud
Hens, LHP Dontrelle Willis will join the Tigers in Cleveland and be activated for a
Wednesday night start at Monnesota. DLed with an anxiety disorder since late in
spring training (March 29th), Willis has a 3.85-ERA in 25.2-IP with Lakeland, Erie and


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