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Dye-namite Clutch Hitting Leads the Sox to Victory

May 12 vs. Kansas City Royals

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?


Today's Sox cut of meat:
Grilled Polish Sausage
Solid relief pitching and clutch hitting sealed the deal tonight!

Short Take: Timely hitting and good pitching allow the Sox to win their second game of the series against the Royals.

It was an unseasonably cool, but beautiful evening at the ballpark. The stage was set for Mark Buehrle & Scott Elarton to duel it out on the mound, with the Sox eventually coming out on top. Sox fans' hearts were warmed by a very exciting night at U.S. Cellular Field, as the team came from behind and won 5-4 in 10 innings.

As he walked in from the bullpen shortly before first pitch, Mark Buehrle was greeted by the Sox faithful down the right field line and quickly took the mound. Looking a little shaky to start the game, Buehrle walked the leadoff hitter, Esteban German. After striking out David DeJesus, he allowed Mark Grudielanek to reach base via a single, but made quick work of Mark Teahen and Mike Sweeney, stranding the runner.

In the first, the Sox gave Buehrle the early lead. Starting in the number two hole, Juan Uribe wasted no time going "profundo" and quickly put the Sox on top, 1-0. Unfortunately though, Pierzynski & Konerko went quietly to end the inning.

The bottom of the second started off on a positive note, as Jermaine Dye led off with a single. With a base hit by Rob Mackowiak, and a couple of Royals' errors, Crede reached on a fielder's choice, allowing Dye to come in and score. 2-0 White Sox!

After cruising along for a couple innings, Buehrle hit a wall in the fourth. He allowed the first three batters to reach base by yielding singles to Teahen and Emil Brown, with Sweeney's double thrown in between those hits and scoring Teahen, cutting the lead in half. Billy Butler's sacrifice fly tied the game at two a piece. John Buck then launched a homerun to right, putting the Roayls up for the first time this series, 4-2.

The Sox inched their way closer in the fifth, thanks to the first Major League homerun of Ryan Sweeney's young career. Pierzynski hit a ground rule double, Konerko walked, and Dye reached base on an error, loading the bases for Mackowiak, who promptly ended the threat by grounding out to Mike Sweeney on the first pitch he saw in that plate appearance.

Buehrle lasted six innings, extending the streak of Sox starting pitchers going six innings or more to 18 games. The Sox bullpen then continued to exemplify exactly why they're one of the most solid bullpens in baseball, only surrendering three hits to the Royals the rest of the way. Thanks to two extremely well pitched games prior to tonight, Masset, Logan, Aardsma, Sisco, and MacDougal were all fresh and able to send the Royals down.

It looked as though the Sox would go quietly in the ninth, as Iguchi and Sweeney were sent down by Joakim Soria, but Erstad had other plans. His single sent a spark through the offense and Uribe, already having a great game, delivered when it mattered most. He drove one deep to right, narrowly missing the yellow line, and Erstad came all the way around from first to tie it at 4, sending Sox fans into a frenzy!

Mike MacDougal made it interesting in the tenth. He walked Brown and promptly threw back-to-back wild pitches, putting the go-ahead run 90 ft. from home and making the 36,702 sweat on this chilly night. MacDougal got out of the jam, retiring Butler and Gordon, and keeping the score knotted at 4. The Sox then got to Brandon Duckworth in the bottom half of the inning. Duckworth walked Konerko, who was replaced by pinch-runner, Luis Terrero. He then went to second on a wild pitch and was promptly brought home by Dye's clutch single. Sox win 5-4... YES!

The South Siders now find themselves 18-15 on the year, winning their fourth straight and 6 of their last 7 ballgames. The series finale tomorrow afternoon will feature Javier Vazquez against Jorge De La Rosa, as the Sox go for the sweep. The first pitch will be at 1:05p CDT and the game will be televised on CSN.

WSI's
Back to the Grind Update:
It was a solid mixture of two runs coming via the long ball and three being manufactured.


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