Short take: Where have they been?
Once upon a time, the White Sox turned a lot of double-plays. For one
night, the team turned four of them making a huge difference in a 5-3 victory
It's a bit late to get excited about a win streak, but hey, it beats a
losing streak. And look--Cleveland lost! Damn! What if, Sox
Dan Wright pitched marginally better than Sox Fans have come to
expect from the mid-season call up. As Hawk Harrelson might say,
"He gave up five hits, two of them stayed in the park."
Fortunately for our Sox, all three of those dingers were solo shots.
Wright left in the sixth inning with the lead and earned the win thanks to the
Ray Durham continues to struggle at the top of the line up.
The Sox leadoff man went 0 for 5 with a strikeout. He also left two
runners in scoring position with two out. Ray-Ray is having a
With the top of the line up stalled, it was the bottom that came
through. Mark Johnson got the Sox on the board with an rbi double
in the third. Chris Singleton and Royce Clayton each had
rbi's in the fourth.
Detroit looked to keep the game competitive with another homer in the
sixth, but Magglio Ordonez took a 1-2 pitch into centerfield to score
Singleton and open up a 5-3 lead in the seventh.
The bullpen was brilliant. Bill Pulsipher, Josh Fogg, Bob
Howry, and Keith Foulke combined for 3.1 innings of no-run, 3-hit
baseball. Yeah, Foulke was shaky in the ninth but his 37th save will
look like all the rest of them in the season statistics.
What made the difference? Four double-plays. The Sox turned one
each in first, fourth, seventh, and ninth innings, killing Tiger
Sox go for the big four-game series sweep Thursday afternoon at
Comiskey. What could have been...
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3, two runs scored and an rbi single and a walk.
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