Almost Perfect - Not Good Enough

Almost Perfect - Not Good Enough

Chicago's Jim Thome's solo home run in the seventh inning was all the White Sox needed as the defending World Champions completed a three game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday night, despite the near perfect, one-hit, complete game turned in by Cardinals' rookie Anthony Reyes, in just his fourth Major League career start.

The Cardinals looking for help in the protestation called on their top prospect, Anthony Reyes from Triple-A Memphis Thursday and he responded by retiring the first 13 batters he faced against a team that had manhandled Cardinal starters to the tune of 33 runs and 40 hits in the first two games of a three game set in Chicago.

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From an AP Report, "Reyes, he knows what he is doing. He made a good pitch every time," said Freddie Garcia the winning pitcher for the White Sox, who knows what it's like to lose a one-hitter -- he pitched one in a 1-0 defeat last year in Minnesota. "He gave up one hit and that was a home run. That's all we needed."

In just his fourth major league start, the 24-year-old Reyes (1-1) struck out six and walked none, throwing 90 pitches in his first career complete game.

Jim Thome drove the first pitch he saw with one out in the seventh deep into the right-field bleachers for his 24th homer of the season.

When asked if he was thinking about a no-hitter Reyes responded, "I never thought about it. I'm just happy that I kept the team within striking distance," I was happy with what I did, but unfortunately we didn't win."

The Cardinals couldn't muster any offense in support of Reyes, even with the return of National League MVP, Albert Pujols who was activated off the DL Thursday and was inserted into the lineup to face the White Sox in the final game of the series.

Center-fielder Jim Edmonds was a last minute scratch from the lineup, after complaining of being dizzy prior to game time in batting practice.

Edmonds suffered a concussion on Wednesday night, after hitting is head on the warning track, coming down from trying to catch a ball that was hit out of the park in center.

Prior to game time, the Cardinals put left-hander Mark Mulder on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder and sent Chris Duncan back to Triple-A Memphis.

The current six game road trip doesn't get any easier as the Cardinals head to Detroit to take on legendary baseball manager Jim Leyland and the surprising, first place, Detroit Tigers from the American League Central Division.

The Tigers are 48-25 and set on top of the Central Division, one half a game ahead of the Chicago White Sox, at 47-25. The Tigers have won eight of their last 10 and the Cardinals will send National League Cy Young Award winner, Chris Carpenter to the mound to try to get the Cardinals back on the winning track.

Carpenter will be making his 14th start of the season tomorrow, his 4th since coming off the DL on 6/6. The Cards' staff ace has posted wins in his past two starts, allowing just one run in 14.0 IP for a 0.64 ERA.

Carpenter is 3-3 with a 6.75 ERA in 10 career appearances vs. Detroit. He's 2-0, 4.50 in three career games at Comerica Park.

The Cardinals remain four games ahead of the Reds in the NL Central Division, due in a large part to the Reds dropping seven of their last 10 games.

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