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Back in the Win Column

April 30 v. Detroit


How many Grinders did KW use today:
5
"Iguchi is the hero of the day, but Pierzynski and Crede also came up big in the key 7th inning rally. Willie Harris also showed good hustle with a key stolen base and sacrifice bunt. Props to El Duque for getting the job done despite not having his best stuff."

Short Take:Sox bats awaken from slumber just in time to take one away from the Tigers.

For 6 innings, Tigers starter Jason Jennings looked like Cy Young. Fortunately, a regulation game lasts 9 innings, and the Sox were finally able to break out of their scoring slump to post a 4-3 win over Detroit.

Sox starter Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez went seven complete innings, allowing only 3 runs in registering his third win of the season. He was a little shaky in the early going, as he allowed the Tigers to score the first run of the ballgame in the first inning off of a wild pitch. With men on second and third and two outs in the inning, Craig Monroe hit a deep fly ball to center which could have broken the game open. Luckily, centerfielder Aaron Rowand made a nice over-the-shoulder catch at the warning track to squelch the rally. The Tigers would go up 2-0 in the second off an RBI single by Nook Logan.

The Sox, meanwhile, continued to sputter offensively. They finally broke through with a run in the third inning, without a hit (of course). Hollywood Wilie Harris led off the third with a walk, one of three issued by Johnson on the night. He then stole second base, and was advanced to third on a groundout by Scott Podsednik. Tadahito Iguchi, the team's hottest hitter of late, brought Harris home on a groundout to put the Sox on the board. Craig Monroe would lead off the next inning with a single off the glove of Podsednik, but he got hung up trying to advance to second base and was erased on a heads up play by Rowand. Rowand was backing up Podsednik on the play, and he got the ball in to Iguchi who threw to first for the putout. The Sox still couldn't solve Johnson, managing only one hit through 5 innings off of him.

After the Tigers tacked on another run in the 5th to go up 3-1, it was starting to seem like an insurmountable lead. The Sox really looked like they were doomed when they came up empty in the 6th inning after loading the bases with no outs. Podsednik walked to start the 6th, and the Sox looked to be in business when Iguchi and Carl Everett tallied back to back singles to load the bases for "cleanup" hitter Paul Konerko. I put that in quotes because Paulie has been anything but clutch lately. Konerko ripped the first offering from Johnson down the third base line, and right into the glove of third baseman Jason Smith. Smith stepped on third to double off Podsednik, who never had a chance to get back to the bag. After the double play, Timo Perez struck out looking, and you could be forgiven if you turned off the TV at that point. I almost did myself, except I had to write this recap.

Good thing, because finally there were signs of life in the 7th inning. Rowand started things off by getting hit by a pitch with a 3-2 count. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski was next, and he hit a sharp single up the middle, sending Rowand to third. Joe Crede put the first pitch he saw into left field, driving home Rowand to cut the Tiger lead to 3-2. Harris executed a nice sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third with one out. Podsednik then grounded out to second, but it was good enough to score Pierzynski with the tying run. The next batter was Iguchi, and he delivered an RBI single to give the Sox a 4-3 lead. The bullpen would make that lead stand, as Cliff Politte and Damaso Marte collaborated on a scoreless 8th inning. Dustin Hermanson, coming off 2.1 scoreless innings last night, closed out the game in the 9th to preserve the win and garner his 3rd save of the season.

With the win, the Sox end their 3 game slide and up their record to 17-7, maintaining a 1.5 game lead on the Twins for first place in the AL Central. The Sox will try to win the series tomorrow, as the rubber game pits Wil Ledezma (1-1, 5.82) against our own Jon Garland (4-0, 1.80), who will be looking to continue his hot start. Gametime is 2:05 pm CDT from US Cellular Field.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Manufactured a run on no hits in the third inning; good execution by Harris and Podsednik to move runners around in key 7th inning rally.


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Tadahito Iguchi

Hottest hitter on the club raises average to .333 with 2-4 game and 2 RBI, including the game winner. He also tacked on a stolen base for good measure.

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