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Moral victory

September 22, vs. Minnesota


Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
Spring 2005
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"Buys himself an ice cream cone after learning that he may not be ready to start 2005 now."

Short Take: Sox defeat Twins 7-6 as Konerko hits walk-off RBI single to claim the final game of the season series.

With the White Sox season officially over, Wednesday night’s season series finale with the Minnesota Twins was more about pride and job tryouts for 2005. Insert Jason Grilli, still looking to make an impression on Ozzie Guillen as he starts his battle to be in the Sox’s rotation next year.

He didn’t look to good early, allowing a pair of runs to cross in the first as Corey Koskie doubled home Jacque Jones and Torii Hunter scored later on a ground out by Matt LeCroy. The Sox, though, had an answer for the ageless Terry Mulholland in the third. After facing the minimum the first two frames, Mulholland ran into trouble, allowing a lead-off single by Joe Borchard. Wilson Valdez doubled off the left-center wall to cut the Twins lead to 1 and came around to score when Aaron Rowand doubled off almost the exact same spot. After drawing a full count, Willie Harris singled right over the head of a ducking Mulholland to plate Rowand and put the Sox ahead.

But Grilli could not keep the lead. After holding the Twins in the fourth, a 2-run 5th inning homer by Jacque Jones again put Minnesota up by a run. In the 6th, Jason Kubel homered off Grilli to score LeCroy and make the score 6-3. Grilli departed thereafter, not making it through 6 innings while allowing 6 runs.

The Sox offense, though, roared back to life in the bottom of the 6th. Still facing Mulholland, they loaded the bases after Willie Harris lead off the inning with a ground out. Konerko singled, Everett was hit by a pitch, and Jamie Burke laid down a nice bunt that died in front of Mulholland, whose throw was late by a fraction of a second. Ross Gload then singled right back up the middle to score Konerko and cut the lead to 6-4. Grant Balfour then came into clean up Mulholland’s mess and got a grounder out of Joe Borchard, but LeCroy’s throw to second to start the inning ending double play was errant, and Everett and Burke scored to knot the affair at 6. A single by Joe Crede looked to plate Gload to put the Sox up by one, but a tremendous throw by Hunter from center pegged him at home.

Meanwhile, the Sox bullpen stayed busy keeping the Twins off the scoreboard. Felix Diaz relieved Grilli in the early frame and got Cristian Guzman and Luis Rivas easily and then easily retired Pat Borders and Shannon Stewart before being pulled in favor of Damaso Marte. He walked Jacque Jones, but ended the inning striking out Hunter. He had no problems getting the Twins in the 8th, either, allowing only a bloop single. Jon Adkins retired the first two he saw in the 9th before allowing a single but Neal Cotts quickly ended any thought of late-inning heroics for the time being with a 1-pitch fly out.

Then, in the 9th, facing Joe Roa, the Sox got busy again, as Wilson Valdez singled to lead things off (don’t look now, but the kid is batting over .280). Aaron Rowand sacrificed him into scoring position, before Willie Harris walked to give way to Paul Konerko, the most recent member of the White Sox exclusive 40-homer club. Konerko didn’t need his whoopin’ stick this time, as he slapped a single into left field to score Valdez and send over 22,000 Sox fans happy. Hey, moral victories are still victories.

With the win, the Sox finish the season series with Minnesota 9-10. They open the final home series Thursday; a 4-game affair with the also disappointing Kansas City Royals. Jose Contreras will open the Series for the Sox against Mike Wood, who last faced the Pale Hose August 3 and allowed 7 runs in 5 innings of work. Game time is 7:05 PM Central and it will be broadcast over Fox Sports Net.

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Sacrifices and clutch RBIs seal the win for the Sox. Who needs a high-powered offense to beat the Twins?


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