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Not Enough Magic

June 5 v. Cleveland


How many Grinders did KW use today:
4
"No decision for Buehrle despite another quality start. Rowand drove in the first run of the game, Thomas and Iguchi both hit clutch game-tying homers to account for the rest of the scoring."

Short Take: Sox multiple comebacks not enough as they lose the game but still take the series from the Tribe.

The White Sox went out today in search of a sweep against the Cleveland Indians. It was a matchup of staff aces as Mark Buehrle faced off against C.C. Sabathia. Both starters would be long gone by the time this one was over, a 12 inning affair which lasted over 4 hours before the Indians would finally prevail by a 6-4 margin.

Buehrle would deliver another quality start, allowing 3 runs in 6.1 innings of work, but would leave the game trailing 3-1. The game was scoreless going into the 4th inning, and Buehrle had faced the minimum up to that point. Grady Sizemore would lead off the 4th for the Tribe with a single, and Coco Crisp would follow with a two-run homer to give the Indians a 2-0 lead. The Sox would get one of those runs back in the bottom half of the inning. With two outs, Carl Everett, playing leftfield today, singled to center. He would steal second, and Jermaine Dye would keep the two-out rally alive with a walk. Aaron Rowand would then single off Sabathia to drive home Everett and cut the lead in half. Sabathia would then load up the bases by hitting Chris Widger with a pitch, and it was up to Juan Uribe to try to break things open off Sabathia. Uribe would strike out swinging to end the inning and let Sabathia off the hook.

The Indians would score a two-out run of their own in the 5th off Buehrle. Aaron Boone would single and steal second with two outs, and score on a Sizemore single to put the Indians back up by two. Fast forward to the top of the 7th, with the game still 3-1 Indians. Buehrle would surrender three singles in the inning to load the bases. Neal Cotts, who is rapidly becoming one of the more reliable relievers on the team, was able to work out of the jam by getting Sizemore to ground into a double play. Sizemore hit a grounder back up the middle which Cotts made a nice play to field. Cotts threw home for the force out, and Widger was able to throw Sizemore out at first to complete the double play and end the inning. The Sox would take advantage of this to tie the game in the bottom of the 7th. With two outs in the inning, third baseman Pablo Ozuna reached on an infield single. The Indians would take Sabathia out of the game at this point in favor of Rafael Betancourt, who would face Tadahito Iguchi. Iguchi would come up big with a two-run blast to tie the game at 3.

The score would remain tied at 3 until the top of the 10th. In the 10th, Travis Hafner would hit a two-out home run off of reliever Damaso Marte to give the Tribe a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the 10th for their closer, Bob Wickman. The first batter Wickman would face was Frank Thomas. Thomas turned on a 2-1 pitch and delivered his first home run of the season, a lazer shot to left field which gave the Sox new life and knotted the score at 4. Wickman would strike out the next batter, Paul Konerko, before giving up a single to Everett. Scott Podsednik, who had been given the afternoon off, was called into duty to pinch run for Everett. After Dye flied out to right for the second out of the inning, Podsednik decided to move himself over into scoring position. Podsednik would steal second and third base, while Rowand drew a walk to keep the inning going. A.J.Pierzynski, who had also been given the day off, came in to pinch hit for Widger with the possible winning run on third. AJ would hit a rocket to first which was caught by Ben Broussard to end the inning.

Sox closer Dustin Hermanson came on and pitched a scoreless 11th. After the Sox failed to score in the home half of the 11th, Hermanson came out to pitch the 12th. He got himself in trouble right away, walking the first two batters of the inning. With two men on and nobody out, Indians catcher Victor Martinez was at the plate. He would attempt to lay down a sacrifice bunt, which ended up going right to Hermanson. Hermanson made a quick throw to third base to try and get the force out. Third baseman Joe Crede, who pinch hit for Ozuna in the 11th, was playing in for the bunt. Crede ran back to cover the bag for the force, but Hermanson's throw was off the mark and out of Crede's reach. Sizemore would score on the error, and Coco Crisp would advance to third. Luis Vizcaino was then called upon to try and minimize the damage. He did an admirable job. After intentionally walking Hafner to load the bases, he would strike out Broussard before allowing a sac fly to Ron Belliard which gave Cleveland a 6-4 lead. Vizcaino would get out of the inning after that to keep the score within two runs, but the Sox would go quietly in the bottom of the 12th as David Riske retired the side 1-2-3 for the win.

The Sox put up a good fight, but came up on the losing end of this one. Despite the loss, they still won the series and can still claim the best record in baseball at 37-19. They now head west to Denver to begin interleague play against the Rockies. Freddy Garcia (5-3, 3.53) will try to get the Sox back on the winning track against Joe Kennedy (3-5, 6.51) at 8:05 pm CDT tomorrow night at Coors Field.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Key moment in bottom of 10th with Podsednik pinch running for Everett. Scotty steals second and third with two outs, but Sox unable to get him home for the game winner.


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