“The nicest thing about baseball and the hardest thing about baseball is that every day is a different day. Players have to turn the switch on and off right away.” —Ozzie Guillen
No matter how long you watch baseball, getting over a heartbreaking loss is never easy. So it was last night as the Sox were one out away from a victory over the Dodgers in the opener of the three-game interleague series before fate reared its ugly side. The bottom line? With two outs and nobody on base in the ninth, a third baseman by the name of Russ Mitchell stepped up and tied the game with a homer and the Dodgers won the game with three runs in the top of the 10th.
To Ozzie’s point, the Sox had to regroup today and put last night’s disappointing loss in the rearview mirror. Mission accomplished as Mark Buehrle outdueled close friend and former mound mate Jon Garland and the offense exploded for a 9-2 win. Buehrle’s line showed seven innings, two runs and seven hits, plus he became the all-time leader in interleague victories with 24. Garland, on the other hand, lasted only 3 2/3, allowing seven runs and 11 hits.
Some of the highlights:
* Paul Konerko was 3 for 5 with three RBIs.
* Alexei Ramirez was 3 for 4 with two RBIs, two runs scored and delivered a clutch two-out single that drove in a pair of key runs in the six-run fourth.
* A.J. Pierzynski had a 3 for 5 day with two runs scored.
*Alex Rios and Brent Lillibridge each blasted two-run homers.
* Gordon Beckham, followed up the two-run homer he hit last night with a 2 for 3 afternoon and reached via a walk to boot.
TAKE THE GOOD WITH THE BAD: While his teammates were enjoying a nine run, 16-hit day on Saturday, Adam Dunn was fit for the “Golden Sombrero,” striking out four times.