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A Halladay Surprise!

July 23rd at Toronto


Today's temperature:
108
"The team rises above more dumb decisions to pull out a huge win. Thank goodness the thought of shaving Hawks head has the players playing hard. Even more thanks for Toronto having no bullpen at all. "

Short Take:  A HUGE late inning rally gives the Sox the win.

The White Sox entered the game having to face the pitcher with the most wins in all of baseball this year. It seemed like a tall order for the Sox, but they didnít take long to get on the board. In the 2nd inning, Magglio Ordonez walked to start the inning and Carl Everett singled to bring up Paul Konerko. Konerko would ground to short but because of the high hop, would beat out the throw to first and Ordonez scored from 3rd. Jose Valentin would then reach base on a good bunt. Two fielders choices and some misplays by the Blue Jays fielders would help the Sox plate 2 more to make it a 3-0 game. The score would remain the same until the 4th. Three consecutive hits would score 1 run with no outs when Tom Wilson came to the plate. Wilson grounded to third and Joe Crede decided to throw home. While the decision by Crede was a poor one, Sandy Alomar Jr. would bail him out with a great play. Alomar managed to scoop the ball out of the dirt even with Vernon Wells blocking his view. Alomar held onto the ball for the out and saved a run. A double and a ground out later, the game was tied. But that was short lived because the first Sox hitter of the next inning, Carlos Lee smashed a solo home run to left center to give the Sox a 4-3 lead. And things were looking up for the Sox as they managed to fight back after Toronto tied the game.

The Sox would not be able to hold onto the lead though. In the 7th, Mark Buehrle gave up a 2 run homer to Vernon Wells which gave the Blue Jays a 5-4 lead. Billy Koch would not do much to help as he allowed another run in the 8th after relieving Buehrle. With Koch having given the Blue Jays an insurance run, the game was surely over, right? Well, not against this Jays bullpen. Apparently feeling sorry for the Sox pathetic excuse for a closer, Billy Koch, the Jays countered with their own, Juan Acevedo. Acevedo and his 6+ ERA wouldnít do much to hold the Sox down. After retiring the first batter, pinch hitter Willie Harris, he would allow a hit to Roberto Alomar. Alomar would steal second with the Jays not holding and Carlos Lee followed up with his own single and stolen base. With runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out, Frank Thomas would walk to load the bases for Magglio Ordonez. Maggs would come up huge by doubling down the left field line to tie the game! The Jays intentionally walked Carl Everett to load the bases for Paul Konerko. Konerko took one for the team getting hit which forced in the go ahead run. 7-6 Sox!

But the game wasnít over because the Sox still needed to get 3 outs. Tom Gordon would attempt the close the game out but would not succeed. Gordon retired the first hitter, but then allowed a single and a walk. So when the Jays pinch hit Frank Catalanotto, Jerry Manuel had a decision to make. Manuel chose to go to the lefty and brought in Damaso Marte. Marte quickly eased the fears of all Sox fans by inducing Catalanotto to hit into the 4-6-3 double play to end the game. A huge win for the Sox as they came back late and didnít let Billy Botch blow their chances of a comeback. The win was a complete team effort as every Sox starter contributed in some way. 7 of the Sox 9 starters had at least 1 hit and the two that didnít get a hit, Crede and Alomar, each managed to drive a run in as well as prevent a run from scoring in the 4th inning. Rick White got the win as he relieved Koch with runners on 2nd and 3rd and got a huge out to keep the game from getting out of reach. The Sox look to sweep this mini two game series tomorrow at 6:05 cst with Jon Garland opposing Kelvim Escobar.

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Tinkerer Update:
 Lee bats 2nd. Otherwise a normal lineup from Manuel.


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