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Hammering the Halos

May 9 vs. Los Angeles Angels


How was the trophy defended today?
The Big Inning: 7 hits, 6 runs and this game was over in the 3rd.

Short Take: The best team in baseball opens up another can of whoopass on the Angels.

Kevin Gregg won’t forget his start at U.S. Cellular Field anytime soon, although he’d probably like to. The young starter was rocked for nine hits and seven earned runs, and couldn’t even get out of the third inning as the White Sox crushed the Los Angeles Angels 9-1.

On a blustery evening in Chicago, Freddy Garcia got off to an inauspicious start in the first inning. Orlando Cabrera hit a looper into shallow right field, and the wind played enough havoc with it that Tadahito Iguchi bungled the catch and Cabrera ended up on third base. Cabrera scored on a ground out by Vladimir Guerrero, and that was the end of the Angels’ offence for the night. After grinding his way through the first three innings, Freddy cinched it up, hunkered down, and retired the last 16 batters he faced.

Meanwhile, the Sox offence struck early and often, making short work of the Angels’ starter. Scott Podsednik led off the first inning with the first of his four walks on the night. Jim Thome moved Pods to second with a single, then Pods stole third base. Paul Konerko drove Pods home with a single of his own to left field.

The game remained tied after two. Then came The Big Inning. It started off innocently enough, with Brian Anderson grounding out, but then Pods and Iguchi reached base on a pair of singles. Thome stepped up to the plate and smashed a Gregg pitch into the bleachers for a three-run homer. Jermaine Dye, returning to the lineup from a nagging calf injury, blasted another Gregg offering for a solo home run. Gregg then gave up consecutive singles to A.J. Pierzynski, Joe Crede (who drove in A.J.), and Juan Uribe. Anderson returned to the plate for the second time in the inning and was hit by a pitch, loading the bases and bringing Gregg’s sorry outing to a close. Esteban Yan was brought in, and he added some fuel to the fire by walking Pods, allowing Crede to trot home with the sixth run of the inning. Mercy!

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Pods walked again, then scampered his way to third base on a couple of wild pitches by Yan. Thome drove him in with a hard single into right field. Crede hit a solo shot in the seventh inning, making it a 9-1 rout for the South Siders. Mad props to Podsednik for flashing some glove in the seventh inning. Pods made a vertical leap with his back to the left field fence and robbed Tim Salmon of a home run.

Freddy mastered the Angels over eight innings. He gave up one run off of four hits (L.A. went hitless after the third inning), no walks and struck out six for his fifth win. Cliff Politte wrapped up the game with a 1-2-3 ninth.

While the Angels try to figure out what went wrong, the Sox now enjoy a sexy 23-9 record. They look to continue their dominance of the Halos tonight at U.S. Cellular Field. Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger will make his major league debut, making the start for an injured Jose Contreras against RHP Ervin Santana (2-1, 4.84). Game time is 7:05 Central.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
A tip of the cap to Pods for taking the walks, showing ambition on the basepaths, and flashing some glove. That's some fundamentally sound baseball!


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