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Sox Have Their Own Comeback!

April 14th vs Kansas City


Today's Free Agency Value:
$11,450,000
"His big leadoff walk in the 9th only helps to force the Sox hand in paying him."

Short Take:  Koch blows the save, but the Sox rally in the 9th to win it.

The Sox enter the 9th inning having led the Royals all game long. Billy Koch enters the game in the 9th trying to finish the White Sox win, only to have Carlos Beltran crush Sox fans hopes. Sound familiar? Sox fans watching could only shake their heads having seen this script before. Thankfully, the ending this time was MUCH sweeter! Instead of Sox fans having to hang their heads for a day suffering through a heartbreaking loss, Sox fans will be able to celebrate a 9th inning comeback of their own. While the ending was pure bliss, it was one that few Sox fans could have expected with the way the first 5 innings went. Jon Garland was dominating Royals hitters, the Sox bats were crushing Royals pitching, and there was little reason for pessimism among Sox fans. But if there is one thing Sox fans know, it’s that few wins will be that easy. This one was no different as the Sox gave their fans plenty of highs and lows throughout this game. The important thing - it ended with a high!

The game started off slow with some bad base running for the Sox. Juan Uribe was hit by a pitch and Frank Thomas singled in the 1st inning but both would be thrown out attempting to steal 2nd because of bad jumps. But in the 3rd the Sox put across their first runs. A line drive by Aaron Rowand went off the glove of Royals left fielder Aaron Guiel and Miguel Olivo would beat out an infield bunt. The Royals even chipped in to help the Sox with a wild pitch from Jeremy Affeldt scoring the first run. Juan Uribe drove in the second run with a base hit. In the 4th, a double by Thomas and walks by Joe Crede and Rowand left the bases loaded with one out. Olivo would clear the bases and after another base hit off the bat of Uribe, the Sox were cruising up 6-0. But in the 6th, Garland’s gem would start to disappear. Two runs crossed the plate in the top of the 6th. After home runs by Benito Santiago and Carlos Beltran in the 7th, the comfortable 6-0 lead had been trimmed to a nail biting 6-5 lead. The Sox battled back with two runs in the bottom half of the 7th to make it an 8-5 game and ease Sox fans nerves. But that wouldn’t last.

It didn’t last because the top of the 9th was Billy Koch time. An Aaron Guiel walk and an Angel Berroa single would bookend a Matt Stairs groundout which left the game at 8-6 with one out just in time for Carlos Beltran to step to the plate. A Beltran 2 run bomb to center tied the game and one batter later Mike Sweeney would absolutely crush a solo shot to left to give the Royals a 9-8 lead. Game over? Well it may have been last year but this years team doesn’t go down that fast. The 9th inning would be a thing of beauty for Sox fans. Magglio Ordonez started things off on the right foot with a leadoff walk. An error by Royals second baseman Mendy Lopez (yes, the same Mendy Lopez who hit the 3 run game tying homer on opening day) cost the Royals at least one out. One more walk to Carlos Lee put the Sox in great position with the bases loaded, no outs, and Paul Konerko at bat. Konerko hit a duck snort that couldn’t have fallen in a better spot. The ball would land just in fair territory as none of the Royals could make a play on it. With the game tied and the bases still loaded, Joe Crede would end the game with a deep single that scored pinch runner Willie Harris for the 10-9 White Sox win!

Having won two of the first three games, the Sox will head into tomorrow’s game looking for the sweep. Mark Buehrle will take to the mound against Brian Anderson for another 1:05 CDT start.

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Ozzieball Update:
 Two caught stealing's hurt the Sox chances of scoring early.


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