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Take that Twinkies!

April 18 v. Minnesota


How many Grinders did KW use today:
3
"Crazy Carl leads the way, followed by Joe Crede. Iguchi had two hits, raising his average to .310, so I'll throw him in the mix as well."

Short Take:Everett goes deep twice as the Sox overcome a shaky start by Contreras to take the series opener.

Carl Everett and Joe Crede supplied the offense, and the bullpen allowed just one run in 4.1 innings as the White Sox beat the Twins tonight by a score of 5-4. Everett got things going early, jumping on Twin starter and eventual loser Kyle Loshe for a solo home run in the bottom of the first to get the Sox on the board. Sox starter Jose Contreras loaded up the bases in the first inning, giving up a hit and two walks. He was able to work out of the jam by getting everyone's favorite Twin, Torii Hunter, to ground into a 5-4-3 double play. The Twins would strand 10 baserunners on this evening, proving to be their downfall.

Contreras didn't have his best stuff tonight, but he didn't get much help from the umpires either. With a 1-1 score in the top of the 5th, Jason Bartlett led off the inning for the Twins with a single. The next batter, Joe Mauer, hit a ground ball to second. Second baseman Tadahito Iguchi tried to get the lead runner at second, but Bartlett was called safe on the play even though the throw beat him to the bag. The next batter, Matt LeCroy, grounded into a double play. Bartlett advanced to third on the play, and would score on a phantom balk call on Contreras. After the balk call, Hunter would draw a walk. He would steal second base, and advance to third on a throwing error by catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Hunter would then score on a wild pitch by Contreras, and after issuing a walk to Jacque Jones, Contreras' evening was over. Neal Cotts would come in to finish the inning, keeping the score at 3-1 Twins.

The Sox would respond in the bottom half of the 5th. Following a Pierzynski single, Crede smacked a two-run home run to extend his hitting streak to 9 games and tie the game at 3. After holding the Twins scoreless in the 6th despite loading the bases and allowing the first four batters of the inning to reach safely, the Sox would tack on two more runs in the bottom of the 6th. Iguchi led off the inning with a single, and scored on Everett's 4th home run of the season, a monster shot that put the Sox up 5-3. That score would stand until the 9th inning. In the 9th, closer Shingo Takatsu made things interesting by allowing a home run to Joe Mauer which brought the Twins to within 1. Takatsu was able to recover and secure the last two outs for his 4th save on the season. Luis Vizcaino earned the victory pitching two scoreless innings in relief.

With the win, the Sox assume sole possession of first place in the A.L. Central by a game over the Twins. The Sox will look to sweep the two-game set tomorrow evening, as Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez (1-1, 3.75) goes against Brad Radke (1-2, 5.59). Gametime is 7:05 CDT.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Smallball? Smartball? How about Longball? All the scoring comes courtesy of three home runs tonight.


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