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Here's Why You Don't Leave the Ballpark Early

May 11 at L.A. Angels


Levels Finished:
5
The Sox got hit by a couple fireballs early, but they saved the princess when they were down to their last life.

Short Take: The White Sox rally to tie in the ninth inning, then pull out a victory in a wild (literally and figuratively) 10th inning.

One great thing about baseball: You never know when you're going to see something you've never seen before. Those who stayed up late to watch Wednesday night's 6-4 White Sox victory in Anaheim saw the South Siders score the go-ahead run in perhaps the most unconventional fashion possible.

The Sox had scored one run in the eighth inning and two more in the ninth to erase a 4-1 deficit. With the game tied 4-4 in the top of the 10th, Sox DH Adam Dunn doubled into the left field corner, advancing Alexei Ramirez (who had singled) to third with one out. With first base open, the Angels elected to walk Paul Konerko intentionally to load the bases for Brent Lillibridge. Right managerial move, no question.

Only thing is, the Angels failed to properly execute the intentional walk. On his first attempt to throw an intentional ball, Anaheim reliever Kevin Jepsen (0-2) lobbed the ball four feet over everyone's head all the way to the backstop. Ramirez scored easily from third on the wild pitch to put the Sox ahead to stay at 5-4. Dunn advanced to third on the play. The rest of the intentional walk was uneventful, then Lillibridge hit a sacrifice fly to score Dunn on a bang-bang play at the plate. 6-4 Sox.

But, oh, the wild 10th inning was far from over. Sox bullpen ace Sergio Santos (2-0) had worked scoreless innings in both the eighth and ninth. That meant struggling left-hander Matt Thornton would be called upon to try to earn the save.

Thornton retired Bobby Abreu on a routine grounder to second to open the inning. The last two outs, however, were anything but routine. In fact, Konerko turned in two brilliant defensive plays to secure the win.

Macier Izturis hit a screamer that seemed ticketed for the right-field corner. But the Sox captain timed his leap perfectly and snared the line shot out of the air at the top of his jump. Two outs. Up stepped long-time Sox nemesis Torii Hunter. The veteran outfielder tried to bunt his way on, and it looked like he would be successful. The ball landed in no-man's land in between the mound and first base. But Konerko, perhaps pretending that he was Magic Johnson running a fastbreak, picked up the ball and shoveled it behind his back to Thornton, who grabbed the toss with his bare hand and beat Hunter to the bag to record the final out of the game.

Wow. There were big smiles everywhere as the jubilant players exchanged high-fives after that ending. It was nice to see the guys enjoying themselves for a change after a rough ride this early season.

And, oh, by the way, Sox right-hander Jake Peavy made his season debut in this game. He had a decent outing: six innings, four earned runs on seven hits, four strikeouts and no walks. It wasn't a masterpiece, but hey, it's a start.

Despite Peavy's efforts, the Sox found themselves trailing 4-1 because they stranded 10 baserunners over the first seven innings. Fortunately, the Sox finally capitalized on opportunities in both the eighth and ninth innings.

Omar Vizquel's RBI double plated Alex Rios to make it 4-2 in the eighth. Angels closer Jordan Walden walked Dunn to start the ninth. One out later, Carlos Quentin singled. Then, A.J. Pierzynski singled, scoring Dunn to make it 4-3. After Rios walked to load the bases, Vizquel smacked a 1-2 pitch into center field for a sac fly. Lillibridge, who had pinch-run for Quentin, scored to make it 4-4. That set up the wild 10th inning.

Dunn finished the game 4-for-5 with three runs scored. He hit a solo homer in the third inning to account for the first Sox run of the game. Pierzynski also collected four hits.

The Sox (15-23) take two out of three in this series and improve their record to 4-2 on this nine-game West Coast road trip. After an off day Thursday, the Sox will begin the final leg of the trip Friday night in Oakland. Right-hander Phil Humber (2-3, 2.97 ERA) will take the ball for the Sox. He'll be opposed by Phil Rogers' favorite polished workhorse, right-hander Brandon McCarthy (1-3, 3.26 ERA).

WSI's
Ozzio's Game Rant:
Peavy, I think this kid throw the ball well.


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