Ninth Inning Heroes!
Short take: Improbable victory
How did they do it? After Thursday pathetic effort and now facing the
best team in baseball, our Sox pull off an improbable ninth inning victory,
8-6 at Seattle.
Sox Fans, we're six losses off the division pace.
Jon Garland pitched with heart and could have been the winner.
He left after five innings with a 2-1 lead, outdueling 12-3 Aaron Sele.
Only a Jeff Liefer fielding error prevented a shutout performance
against the league's top offense.
The Sox bullpen couldn't make it hold up. Alan Embree started
the sixth giving up a triple, a walk, and a sacrifice fly. After Embree
walked the bases full, Jerry Manuel made the move to Rocky Biddle.
The next thing we saw was a skyrocket off the bat Edgar Martinez for a grand
To his credit Biddle settle in and pitched 2.2 hitless innings. That
was the turning point, giving the Sox a chance to win.
A do-or-die ninth inning started with a first-pitch pop out by Carlos
Lee. Jeff Liefer swung at the first pitch too but managed a
single. Chris Singleton was next with a single (finishing a fine
3 for 4 evening including a dinger), followed by Jose Canseco with a
nice base on balls in a pinch hit appearance. Herbert Perry was
the next pinch hitter and drew a walk from Seattle closer Sasaki, clearly not
sharp with his control. That forced in a run, 6-4 Seattle.
Ray Durham looked at strike three, whined about the call, then
hauled his tired act into the dugout for another 0 for 5 performance in the
lead-off spot. With two outs, the Sox last hope was Jose Valentin.
Manos deliver with a shot in the right-center gap that left Ichiro Sazaki
grabbing air before clearing the wall for a ground-rule double.
That damned ground-rule double. Valentin gets beaten out of an rbi
when the umpire sends Perry back to third base on a play he could have scored
while walking on his hands. No biggie for our Pale Hose! Magglio
Ordonez delivered the ultimate clutch hit, a double to drive in Perry and
Valentin and put the Sox on top! Yeah Baby!!!
Keith Foulke gets four outs in the ninth (the extra one required
after another Liefer error) and Seattle's 45,000 fans filed out pissed that we
stole Boeing from them, too.
Sox Fans say, "T.S.!"
Go Go White Sox -- Chicago's Proud of You!
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with two giant rbi's in the ninth inning to ice the victory for our
Sox, an improbable victory over Seattle's bullpen.
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