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A Sad Farewell

October 1 at Minnesota


How was the trophy defended today?
The Sox failed to defend their title for the last time today. Sadly, they will no longer be defending champions.

Short Take:Twins avoid sweep, claim division title with 5-1 win.

The White Sox 2006 season came to an end today on a sour note, as they lost to the Twins 5-1 in Minnesota. The Sox had a chance to sweep the Twins with a win today; instead, the Twins added insult to injury as they won the Central division crown by virtue of Kansas City knocking off Detroit in extra innings.

Javier Vazquez took the hill for the Sox today against Carlos Silva. The Sox got off to a quick start off Silva, staking Vazquez to an early 1-0 lead in the 1st. Ryan Sweeney, playing centerfield today, led off the game with a single and later scored on a groundout by Ross Gload. The lead held up until the 4th inning, when Minnesota finally got on the board. Joe Mauer, who would win the AL batting crown, led off the 4th with a double and scored on a Justin Morneau double to tie the game at 1. The game wouldn't be tied for long, as Torii Hunter was up next. Hunter hit a two-run homer to put the Twins up 3-1.

The Twins knocked Vazquez out of the game in the 5th. Michael Cuddyer hit an RBI single with two outs in the inning to give the Twins a 4-1 lead. That was it for Vazquez, who allowed 4 runs on 8 hits in 4.2 innings with 7 strikeouts. Neal Cotts retired the only batter he faced to end the 5th and keep the Sox within 3 runs. That was plenty for the Twins though, as Silva and 4 Twin relievers held the Sox to just one run on the afternoon. The Sox chased Silva in the 6th following a one-out double by third baseman Josh Fields, but with two men on base Alex Cintron hit into a double play and the Sox failed to cut into the Twins' lead. Charlie Haeger allowed a run in the 7th as the Twins went ahead by the final margin of 5-1. Haeger pitched the final three innings of 2006 for the Sox, allowing the one run and three hits along with two walks and two strikeouts.

The Sox end the season with a 90-72 record, and while reaching 90 wins is a great achievement, so much more was expected of this team coming on the heels of a World Championship season. Hopefully the Sox can regain that magic next season.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
A disappointing end to a disappointing season. There are many questions to be answered in the offseason.


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