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What O' Comeback

May 14, vs. Baltimore


How many Grinders did KW use today:
12
"All who played had a hand in this one, whether it was a clutch hit there or a strikeout here, total team effort in coming from behind on the #2 team in the MLB."

Short Take:  Mark Buehrle surrenders 3 early runs, but Sox slowly chip away at lead until 2-run single by Paul Konerko seals win over Baltimore.

In Round 2 of the American League's premier Heavyweight fight, the White Sox found themselves down early, but hunkered down as a team and slowly chipped away at Baltimore's lead, chasing Rodrigo Lopez in the seventh and, yet again, finding the timely hit needed to come away with a big 5-3 win over the Orioles.

Mark Buehrle started for the Sox, and if the first inning was any indication of how the rest of the game would go, you wouldn't think the Orioles would move a runner past first base.  After Brian Roberts hit a hard single to right field, Buehrle K'ed Melvin Mora and then proceded to pick Roberts off first base.  Miguel Tejada lofted a weakly hit pop out to Tadahito Iguchi to end the frame.

However, the Sox looked like they were going to struggle to put some runners on base against Lopez, as well.  Though the Sox constantly put runners on against him all night, the hits were so scattered and sparse and Lopez found the right pitch at the right time, that he kept the Pale Hose off the board for the first five innings of the night.  Buehrle, however, hit a bump in the road with two outs in the 3rd inning.  After a 2-out single to Tejada, he walked Javy LopezB.J. Surhoff then singled to score the first run of the game.  Chris Gomez then ripped a double down the left field line that scored Lopez and Surhoff and put Baltimore up 3-0.  It was almost worse, as just a few pitches before Rafael Palmeiro popped out to end the inning, he laced a line drive that just curved foul in right field.

Despite his lapse in effectiveness, Mark started the next inning with a clean slate and just shut Baltimore down.  Chris Gomez, who was on second when Palmeiro ended the third would be the last Oriole to reach base, as Mark retired the next thirteen batters he face, keeping the Sox in the game and giving the offense a minimal deficit to make up.

In the fifth, with Scott Podsednik already at second, Tadahito ripped a deep double to right field to cut the Baltimore lead to two.  The very next inning, designated hitter Willie Harris (you heard right), bounced a sharp single right back up the middle to score Paul Konerko and suddenly Rodrigo's lead had evaporated to 1.  In the 7th, Podsednik lead off with a ground-rule double over the right/center wall, that very easily could have been a triple had it stayed in the yard.  Though it was a bad break at the time, the hit chased Lopez from the game in favor of Todd Williams.  After getting two quick strikes on Tadahito to stymie his bunt attempt, but rather than meekly go down, Iguchi battled Williams, eventually nearly throwing his bat at a breaking ball in the dirt to chop it to first base.  The hit moved Podsednik to third and turned out to be golden when the Palmeiro could not cleanly field the grounder at first, giving the speedy second baseman just enough time to beat the throw to Williams.

Aaron Rowand then walked to load the bases for Paul Konerko.  Williams, however, delivered two quick strikes to the Sox clean-up man.  Like Tadahito, Paul battled with Todd until he finally left one up in the zone.  Konerko broke his bat in two, but muscled the pitch just in front of center fielder Keith Reed to plate both Podsednik and Iguchi.  Jermaine Dye then grounded to Mora at third, but rather than take the two outs via the 5-4-3 double play, Melvin came home with the throw, to beat Aaron Rowand by 5 feet.  A.J. Pierzynski popped before Joe Crede drew a walk off new Oriole pitcher Steve KlineCarl Everett then hit for Willie Harris and deliverd a bouncer, over the head of Kline, that Miguel Tejada did get to.  However, Tejada bobbled and stumbled on the play, eventually weakly tossing an off balance throw to first.  Alertly, Palmeiro fired home to get Dye at the plate, but not before Paul Konerko scored the fifth Sox run of the game.

That was all for the excitement, as Mark Buehrle had a 1-2-3 8th, Steve Reed had a 1-2-3 8th, and Dustin Hermanson had a 1-2-3 9th to close out the 5-3 win for Chicago.  Oh, and that faint sound of clicking you keep hearing is every mediot from Peter Gammons in Bristol to Skip Bayless in San Jose, furiously typing new columns to try and explain how the "mirage" in Chicago just beat the best team in the mighty A.L. East two nights in a row.  Tomorrow, the Sox go for the series win with Freddy Garcia.  He will face Daniel Cabrera in the 6:05 game.  It will be broadcast over WGN.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update: 
Got to love the way the offense just kept working on Rodrigo Lopez.  Big fifth inning keyed by Podsednik, Iguchi, and Konerko.


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