Joe Girardi raced out of the dugout with two on, nobody out in the second and the count 2-0 on Mark Kotsay. It looked like Girardi was speaking insistently, challenging the pitcher. He nonetheless walked Kotsay and boos began.
Lucky for Vazquez that the next batter, Juan Pierre, inexplicably went after the first pitch (Vazquez already had walked three batters in the one-plus inning) and popped out. The White Sox scored a run on Omar Vizquel's sactifice fly, but Mark Teixeira smartly cut off Curtis Granderson's throw from centerfield and nabbed A.J. Pierzynski between second and third.