Sox hit back!
Short take: Championship pedigree
Kip Wells is probably pitching himself out of any plans the Sox have
for using him in the rotation. Yet another start comes derailed when
Kipper starts thinking too much. Hasn't this been the story since April
last year? Still the Sox show a bit of the championship pedigree, taking
the best shot the Yankees can offer, then countering with a knockout punch of
their own. A White Sox Winner, 7-5 at Comiskey!
Wells struck out the first two batters he faced but then hit Bernie
Williams in the head who had to leave the game. The Yankees took
exception, and Kip came unglued, allowing an rbi double to New York an early
lead. He wouldn't survive four innings, allowing four earned runs.
Naturally the Yankees retaliated for their star getting hit by plunking Sox
star Magglio Ordonez the next inning. Thank goodness this wasn't
dealt by Phil Garner and the punks from Detroit. Nothing more came of
the incident. Nothing unless you count Magglio's trip to the plate in
the fifth inning.
With two-out and Ray Durham on second base waiting for somebody to
deliver a key hit, Ordonez again faced Pettitte. Magglio took a 2-2
pitch into the left field bullpen to tie the game 4-4. Brand new
ballgame, eh New York?
It stayed that way until the sixth inning. Jose Canseco started
things with a lead-off walk. Carlos Lee delivered with a double
putting runners at second and third with nobody out. Herbert Perry
struck out, and with first base open, Yankee manager Joe Torre chose to set up
the double play by walking hot-hitting Royce Clayton and take his
chances with #9 hitter Josh Paul. Paul was already 0 for 2 with a
throwing error. A nice safe move.
Josh Paul made 'em pay. Paul's liner bounced off the
centerfielder's glove and rolled for a double, scoring both Canseco and
Lee. Ray Durham sacrificed home Clayton and the Sox had what
would prove to be the winning margin.
Sean Lowe was effective through 1.2 innings, but was pulled for
lefty Bob Pulsipher in the seventh. Jerry Manuel managed
to get the run tagged to Lowe with that move as Pulsipher allowed a stolen
base and an rbi single. Great thinking there, Jerry!
Next Manuel went to Keith Foulke who got the last five outs.
Thank God he didn't get any more bright ideas like giving Bob Howry another
chance to blow a game.
Our heroes come through and avoid the sweep. This time of year, we
have to be thankful for whatever we can get, Sox Fans!
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Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
by Andy Pettitte in retaliation for Bernie Williams getting hit.
Comes back and cranks a two-out, two-run homerun off Pettitte.
Also had a nifty outfield assist in the first inning. Revenge is
sweet, ain't that right Andy?
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