The Buehrle Bile File Says, "He STILL Loves Us!" Game 130 Recap
Sox Win 6-1!!!!
He still loves us, he really really loves us! I knew the love affair wasn't over yet. I knew last night's drunk-dialing rendezvous would mean something to our old man, Mark!
We begged and pleaded and left not really knowing what Mark would do today.(Could Mark be the stopper he once was?)
We waited patiently with bated breath, and after giving up a run in the 1st inning, we weren't sure if last night meant anything to Mark or not (heartbreaking 8-7 loss and 1.5 back in the WC race).
But he showed us. Even without his personal catcher catching him (AJ started today), Mark came thru. (So did AJ with a 2 run HR.)
He showed he knows how to forgive a mistake. (He actually pitched over a Ross Gload throwing error.)
He proved he could stay out of the big arguement. (He stopped the Twinkies at 1 run in the 1st inning.)
He used his charm, confidence and independence to sweep us off our feet. (7.1 innings, 9 hits only plated 1 run, 6 K's)
And he left us so happy to sob in the embrace of his friends. ( Sox HR's: Uribe, Crede, AJ)
Well, Mark, if all it takes is a drunk-dial from the Biler at 3AM for you to pitch well, you can be sure to expect a call next Saturday. Sleep well, my sweet.
Just remember one thing, Mark. Hell hath no fury like the wrath of a White Sox fan scorned. If you thought the Ligue's were crazy, just try pitching shitty again. Sharon Stone's ice-pick would be Disney World compared to me.
(I, the Biler, reserve the right to be as harsh or as ebullient to Mark Buehrle as I please. He's my pitching stud, and nobody else can have him.)
Awards Time -------------------------------------------------
Bad Ozzie Move of the Game: (I predicate this call by telling you to hold your boos until you read later on in the post.) He started Scott Pods-crap-nik, whose play of late has in no way earned him any playing time.
Good Ozzie Moves of the Game:
- Starting AJ...Mark quipped in his postgame comments that AJ said -- tongue firmly planted in cheek -- he didn't want to "mess him up."
- Starting BA in CF is always a good move, and he was 2-4 today.
- Using Mike MacDougal 1.2 innings. He was solid if not spectacular.
Big Ups of the Game: MacDougal, and yes, Scotty Pods. He was 3-4 w/ a bunt single, 1 run, 2 SB, 1 BB and, mother of god!, an outfield assist at second on Luis Castillo. (This is a double-edged sword, though. While it was nice to see Pods produce, Ozzie will now have an excuse for continuing to start him in LF. One good game does not a season make.)
And my White Sox Player of the Game is......
WAS THERE ANY DOUBT???
Mark Buehrle (2)
Sox Record: 76-54...and 0.5 games back in the WC. It's gonna be a long ending to this season.