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Blistering Victory!

April 21 vs. Detroit.  

Short take:  Good enough to beat Detroit.

Well, Sox Fans, this wasn't the easiest game in the world to watch, but you have to love the outcome.  Rookie Jon Rauch has nothing in his second major league start, digs the Sox a three-run hole in the first inning, benefits from an eight-run answer by our beloved Hose in the bottom of the frame, and he still manages to lose the lead and the win!

To hell with the labor pains.  Sox win 11-8.  How's that for a pretty baby?

It was brutally cold at Comiskey, and many Sox Fans figured the management would simply ditch this game to give the team an early start on their road trip that sends them to Cleveland and Oakland next.  Nope, they played it, in the coldest 43 degree day with a 16 m.p.h. wind anyone can remember.  13,619 fans were the paid attendance--many dressed as empty seats.

As bad as Rauch looked in the top of the first, it was a nothing short of a work of art to view the next half-inning.  The Sox sent twelve men to the plate, starting (of course) with Kenny Lofton reaching base, on a walk.  A sacrifice fly by Frank Thomas, a two-rbi double by Paul Konerko, a two-run dinger by Jose Valentin, an rbi single by Lofton his second time up, all capped by a two-rbi triple by Tony Graffanino--and the Sox were up 8-3 and getting ready for a one-hour flight to the Mistake on the Lake (Erie).

Hold that plane!  Rauch got shelled again in the second and fourth innings, leaving Sox Fans wondering how he ever managed to take out Detroit 1-2-3 in the third. 

The Sox  bullpen performed admirably, no small feat for Kenny Williams' bargain gas can crew.  Bob Howry, Mike Porzio, Antonio Osuna, and Keith Foulke pitched the last five innings of 4-hit shutout ball.  It was Lofton again using his glove to preserve the tie in the sixth, chasing down and leaping to catch a leadoff homerun ball in deep centerfield in the sixth inning. 

Sox Fans, is this guy the greatest free agent bargain in baseball today?

Late-inning heroics were reserved for the guy recovering from an ingrown toenail, secondbasemen Ray Durham.  He was sitting out his second consecutive game for his oowie toe, but came to the plate in the seventh as a pinch hitter with the bases juiced.  Ray strokes one to left, scoring two runs plus another on Bobby Higginson's fielding error.  11-8 Sox.

Higginson is a good ballplayer.  He probably figured leaving the ball to roll to the wall would help ensure a quicker exit from Comiskey for himself and the rest of his Tiger teammates.  It was damned cold out there!

No fight left in these Tigers, the Sox take the series winning the last two of the three-game set.

On to Cleveland to take care of some more intra-division business!

George Bova is editor and founder of White Sox Interactive.

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2 for 4, two runs scored, an rbi, a walk, a stolen base, and a leaping catch to save a homerun and keep the game tied in the sixth!

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