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Mr. Incredible Saves the Night

September 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels

"These ain't your daddy's White Sox... We're going to keep going after a championship as aggressively as we can."

KW's Hole Cards:
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Good pitching and timely hitting increase the divisional lead.

Short Take:   A nice extra-inning comeback by Thome and the White Sox allows them to gain a full game in the standings.

After getting the devastating news that they'd lost TCQ for the remainder of the regular season, the Sox took their frustrations out on the Angels' pitching staff by scoring ten runs last night. They looked to continue that offensive onslaught tonight at U.S. Cellular Field in front of 31,046 fans. Gavin Floyd wasn't the sharpest we've ever seen him, but he did a pretty nice job. Though it took fifteen innings, the end result was a 7-6 White Sox winner.

Things didn't start off well for Floyd from the words Play Ball. Chone Figgins led off the game with a double to deep right and went to third on Garrett Anderson's ground out to second. Figgins scored on Mark Teixeira's sacrifice fly to put the Angels up early, 1-0. That lead didn't hold up for long, though, as the Sox scored in the second. Ken Griffey, Jr. led off by doubling to deep right center and after Alexei Ramirez flew out and Nick Swisher struck out, Juan Uribe doubled to drive Junior home, tying the game. Orlando Cabrera then put the Sox up 2-1 with a base hit to right. Unfortunately, the Angels tied it at two in the next frame on Chone Figgins' one out solo shot.

The game was tied at two until the top of the sixth inning when Gavin Floyd gave up the crooked number. Mark Teixeira led off with a single and scored on Juan Rivera's homerun to left. Rivera and Mike Napoli went back-to-back and all of a sudden, the Angels were up 5-2. The Sox started to chip away in the bottom half of the inning, thanks to Paul Konerko. He drove one deep to left, scoring the third run for the Sox.

It was a 5-3 ballgame until the bottom of the seventh when the Sox decided there was no way they were going down without a fight tonight. With John Lackey still on the mound, Alexei Ramirez led off with a walk and then Nick Swisher homered to left center, scoring Ramirez and tying the game at five in the process! Unfortunately, the game only stayed tied for an inning. Bobby Jenks relieved Octavio Dotel, who worked a scoreless eighth, and with one out, hung a breaking ball to Brandon Wood, putting the Angels up 6-5.

Just because the Sox had to face the MLB save leader in the bottom of the ninth in Francisco Rodriguez, didn't mean this game was automatically over. Alexei Ramirez led off with a single to right and Nick Swisher did the same, moving the speedy Ramirez to third. Dewayne Wise, who hit for Juan Uribe, lifted a fly ball deep enough to score Ramirez and the game was knotted at six! This was one of few blown saves for K-Rod, but the Sox weren't intimidated by him in the least.

The Sox squandered scoring opportunities in the 10th and 11th innings, so it took until the 15th when one of the teams would finally break through, and fortunately it was the White Sox. Justin Speier was called on to pitch the 15th and after he got Jermaine Dye to ground out to third, he had to face Jim Thome. Big Jim took him deep to right for the walk-off win and pandemonium broke out on the South Side.

After tonight's exciting win, the Sox look to ride the momentum into tomorrow afternoon, as they look to sweep the first place Angels at U.S. Cellular Field. John Danks (10-8) looks to right his personal ship against Anaheim's Joe Saunders (14-7). The first pitch is set for 1:05p CDT and the game will be broadcast on CSN in Chicago and on TBS nationally.

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 Thanks to the Motor City Kitties, the Twins lost this afternoon, allowing the Sox to gain a full game on their division rivals.


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