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Outlasting the M's

May 3 vs. Seattle Mariners


How was the trophy defended today?
Valiantly! Quite simply, the Sox refused to lose.

Short Take: Freddy’s great outing goes up in smoke, but the Sox rally in extra innings to outlast the Mariners.

The Sox opened their latest home stand with a grudge match against the Seattle Mariners, and thrilled the south side crowd by pulling out an extra innings 6-5 victory on the back of Pablo Ozuna’s stellar effort late in the game.

Freddy Garcia, looking to score a win against his former team, squared off against Gil Meche for the visiting Mariners. Both men were dominant. They pitched efficiently and breezed through the batting orders in a fast-moving game. Freddy had one hiccup in the 4th inning. Carl Everett marked his return to U.S. Cellular Field with an RBI sac fly that scored Jose Lopez. Garcia settled down after that and the score remained 1-0 into the bottom of the 7th inning.

Meche pitched like a fiend, shutting down the Sox on just two hits through six, but then the Sox got to him. Jim Thome took a leadoff walk and moved to third base on a roaring double by Paul Konerko to left field. Pierzynski was intentionally walked to load the bases and that was the end of the line for Meche, who was relieved by Rafael Soriano. Joe Crede promptly rendered Meche’s dominant performance null and void. He stepped up to face Soriano, and blasted the first pitch for a grand slam. Crede’s second career salami put the Sox in front 4-1 and the boisterous crowd smelled another victory.

But it would be both pitchers who saw their great starts go to waste this evening. In the top of the 8th inning, Jeremy Reed doubled and Kenji Johjima singled him home. That ended Garcia’s night, and Matt Thornton came in to try and quash the Mariners’ uprising. Nope! Willie Bloomquist singled, then Ichiro Suzuki grounded out. This put Bloomquist on second base and Johjima on third. Cliff Politte was brought in, and he gave up a 2-RBI single to Lopez that tied the game. Ibanez was intentionally walked to try and set up an inning-ending double play. The move almost worked and Richie Sexson hit what looked to be a GIDP, but Tadahito Iguchi made an errant throw to first that sailed past Konerko. Lopez came around to score, and suddenly the Mariners had a 5-4 lead.

It looked like the bullpen would be wearing this loss, but Pablo Ozuna stepped up and saved the game in the bottom of the 9th inning. He hit his first career home run – a no-doubter into the leftfield seats – and the game was going to extra innings.

Ozuna returned to the plate with two out in the bottom of the 11th inning and delivered some more heroics. He knocked a pitch up the middle and watched it roll into centerfield. In fact, everyone was watching it roll into centerfield, including the Mariners’ infielders. Ozuna seized the opportunity. He rounded first base at full tilt and made it to second with some great heads-up baserunning. Juan Uribe ended the game with a perfectly placed bloop single that dropped in front of Reed in shallow left-center. Ozuna scored from second and that was a 6-5 White Sox winner.

Bobby Jenks got his first win of the year, and the Sox record is now 19-8. This short series wraps up on Thursday afternoon. Jose Contreras (4-0, 1.45 ERA) will face the youngster, RHP Felix Hernandez (1-3, 5.06 ERA). Game time is 1:05 pm Central.

WSI's
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Pablo Ozuna's heads-up baserunning in the 11th set the stage for the winning Uribe Ribbie.


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