Be sure to return Wednesday for another edition of From the Cubicle as the Sox take on the Indians in Game 2 of the series.
Welcome, everyone, to live play-by-play commentary of the White Sox home opener. If you're a Sox fan, stuck at work without a TV, you've come to the right place. By now we hope you know the drill. If not, updates will come as fast as humanly possible--or whenever I get around to it.
The Sox welcome their Central Division rivals from Cleveland on a beautiful day for baseball. I'm told through the grapevine that it's quite nice out there, possibly in the mid 60s with nary a cloud in the sky. But within the windowless, hermetic confines of the Tribune Tower basement, we're unable to confirm that. So in possibly a first in this town, the weather in early April is more suitable for baseball than curling. Not that there's anything wrong with curling.
The Sox send their left-handed ace Mark Buehrle to the mound to battle against Cleveland righty Jake Westbrook.
We'll have baseball soon as the Sox's small-ball era begins.
Does Tom Shaer work for free? This is Tom Shaer announcing the lineups, right?
Speaking of which, the Sox will send to the plate in order: Scott Podsednik, Tadahito Iguchi, Carl Everett, Paul Konerko, Jermaine Dye, Aaron Rowand, AJ Pierzynski, Joe Crede and Juan Uribe.
Cleveland will counter with the following collection of nine misfits: Coco Crisp, Ronnie Belliard, Travis Hafner, Victor Martinez, Aaron Boone, Casey Blake, Ben Broussard, Jose Hernandez and Jhonny Peralta.
Since when does 2:05 p.m. mean 2:09 p.m.? OK, enough whining. Baseball is here, folks. I feel better already. Buehrle starts Coco Crisp with a ball before he grounds to Tadahito Iguchi at the second. Iguchi handles his first official chance with aplomb. Ronnie Belliard, a free-swinging little guy, bounces one feebly back to Buehrle, who throws to Konerko for the second out. Travis Hafner, who for some reason answers to the nickname Pronk, grounds out to Uribe at short. One-two-three for Sox in the first.
Scott Podsednik grounds to a drawn-in Aaron Boone at third for the first out. Iguchi goes down swinging quickly. He looked over-matched, but will give him the benefit of the doubt. Nice guy Carl Everett digs in. Westbrook gets Everett to chase one away and the Sox go down in order.
Switch-hitting catcher Victor Martinez grounds to Uribe at short. And here's former recreational basketball player Aaron Boone. Boone lofts one to shallow left. Podsednik calls off Uribe and squeezes it for out No. 2. Casey Blake, a local guy, hits the first pitch to Rowand in center as Buehrle again sits the Indians down in order.
By the way, the new seats behind home plate at U.S. Cellular look nice. It's about time they put something down there. Before it looked horrible on TV with just a vacant tunnel and a camera. Anyway, Konerko is retired to start the inning. Jermaine Dye pokes the game's first hit into center. Rowand grounds to third and Boone makes a nice play to get him at first. Dye advances to second. I'm convinced Hawk Harrelson's mike is jacked up twice as high as Darrin Jackson's on the comcast broadcast. It sounds as if DJ is mumbling, so I turn up the volume and the Hawk chimes in and it nearly gives me a heart attack. AJ Pierzynski lines out and let it be known that at 2:33 p.m. Central Daylight Time, Hawk uttered his first "that was a hang with em" of the season. Book it. Onward.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say Jose Hernandez strikes out. Well, he grounded out to second. Jhonny Peralta, great name, digs in. Though, what's with the "h" before the "o" in the first name, Jhonny? Peralta grounds to Uribe to end the inning. Apparently I missed what Ben Broussard did to lead things off. Buehrle works so fast, it's hard to follow sometimes. At any rate, he's retired nine straight.
Westbrooks retires Joe Crede and Juan Uribe before walking Podsednik. Let's see some small ball. They've got the speedster aboard. Let it be known, the high-rollers who sit behind the plate at Comiskey are about as into the game as their counterparts at Wrigley. One guy has his back to the action. Seriously. The game's this way, moneybags. Westbrook is concerned about Podsednik, throwing over to first repeatedly--and nearly nails him. Iguchi eventually pops out to Boone in foul territory.
Buehrle takes care of Crisp with a variety of pitches away. Belliard then flies out to Dye in right and Hafner fans to end it. Buehrle is cruising. He's retired 12 straight to start the game. Unfortunately the Sox can't get anything going on Westbrook.
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