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April 22, vs. Minnesota


How was the trophy defended today?
Too many performances to pick from.  Garcia pitches very well, bullpen solid in relief, and the Sox offense continues to pound on the Twins.

Short Take:  White Sox continue to roll, behind strong outing from Freddy Garcia and home runs by Jermaine Dye and Jim Thome, roll past Twins for 2nd straight night.

Since starting the year off a bit shaky, the World Champion White Sox have been hitting on all cylinders the last few weeks, and in good time as the Sox were schedule to play within their division in 15 of their first 18 games.  Paced by Freddy Garcia's strong 6 2/3 innings of work, the offense tagged the Twins early and often for a 9-2 win, their 7th straight and 11th in 12 games.

The bats lit up the night sky above the Cell early tonight.  In the first inning, facing a usually tough Brad Radke, Tadahito Iguchi and Paul Konerko singled, but with two outs, it looked as if Radke could escape the frame without damage.  Instead, Jermaine Dye continued his scrotching start, taking the Twin starter deep to left and just like that Garcia was staked to a 3-0 lead.  The Sox added another run in the 2nd,. when Iguchi singled home Rob Mackowiak, who started in center field over Brian Anderson.

As for Garcia, after walking a somewhat fine line a few of the early innings tonight, he kept the Twins at bay until the 5th, when Lew Ford singled to lead off the frame and proceeded to swipe 2nd and 3rd against Garcia and batterymate A.J. Pierzynski.  Ford would score on a ground out by Luis Rodriguez and cut the Sox's lead to 3.  Radke, however, was unable to keep the Pale Hose off the board, as the Sox put up two more runs in the bottom of the frame.  Jermaine Dye was again the catalyst, doubling home Jim Thome, who extended his streak of scoring in every game to open up a year to 18, a new MLB record.  A.J. Pierzynski was intentionally walked and Paul Konerko scored on a groundout by Joe Crede.  Bam!  6-1 White Sox.

Minnesota added it's second run of the game in the 6th on a solo home run by Torii Hunter.  Willie Eyre pitched for Minnesota, while Boone Logan was called on to relieve Freddy Garcia after two quick outs in the 7th.  Logan was ineffective to say the least, throwing 11 pitches and only 3 strikes, walking a pair.  Brandon McCarthy relieved Logan, and things got rather dicey when Tony Batista reached on a slow roller up the first base line.  McCarthy ran over to the line, tagged out Batista, but dropped the ball and suddenly, Torii Hunter was up as the tying run and in an opprotune moment to ruin another good night of White Sox baseball as he has so constantly done.  It wasn't to be, as Hunter's fly out to right field backed Dye up to the very edge of the wall.  But a 349-foot flyout is the same as a 10-foot pop-out and the Sox were out of the inning, holding on to a 6-2 lead.

The Sox padded their lead in the next two innings.  Against Francisco Liriano, Joe Crede singled to left field, scoring Dye.  Jim Thome continued his torrent start, the next inning, off Jesse Crain with a 2-run bomb to right field.  Bobby Jenks pitched a relatively uneventful inning in the 9th to close the inning out.

The Sox and Twins hook up in the series finale tomorrow afternoon.  The Sox will send Jose Contreras to the mound against Carlos Silva.  Game time is 1:05 PM Central time and the game will be aired on Comcast Sports Net.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update: 
Big bats, big pitching, big D all add up to another big win.


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