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 2000 CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

Sox Brooms in Cincy! 

(June 7, 2000)

Sox Fans, this was a BIG one!  Here in the middle of an incredibly difficult stretch of the schedule, the Sox must play yet another first place team, the Cincinnati Reds.  They passed this latest test with flying colors, a come from behind 6-4 victory to sweep the Reds on the road!  This one might have been the sweetest of the bunch.

Ken Griffey must have heard a bit too much about what a cheap shot it was to tackle Ray Durham in Tuesday night's game.  He stroked a three-run homer in the first inning to give the Reds an early lead.  Our Pale Hose clawed back, Jeff Abbott doubling in Paul Konerko in the fourth to make it 3-1.  In the sixth, Brook Fordyce beat out what would have been an inning-ending double play, scoring the second Sox run in the process.  With the Sox still trailing, Jerry Manuel pinch hit for Sox starter Jim Parque, who looked to be a tough-luck loser unless the Sox could score at least one more run.  Manuel looked up and down his bench and found a hitter of some repute, Mr. Frank Thomas to take some swings at Cincy starter Rob Bell.  On a 1-1 pitch, Big Frank banged Bell's pitch off the second deck of left field in Cinergy Field.  4-3 Sox, and our guys would never look back.  Jeff Abbott doubled in two more runs in the seventh, and the Sox win going away.  Baseball fans in the Queen City were left to contemplate how to exact revenge against their next opponents, the self-important overconfident bunch from Ohio's north coast.  They're only the second-best team in the A.L. Central!

Six Sox pitchers got into the game, each earning something:  Parque the win (his sixth), Sean Lowe, Kelly Wunsch, Bill Simas, and Bob Howry holds, and Keith Foulke his thirteenth save. 

A vision of the future?  Jerry Manuel saved both Thomas and Magglio Ordonez for pinch hitting duty, slotting Carlos Lee in the #3 slot and Paul Konerko at clean up.  Lee was 1 for 5; Konerko 2 for 3 with two walks. 

The Sox move on to bigger and better things.  They will play the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees in back to back to back to back series over the next two weeks.  But before we start, we have to navigate past the little speed bump that the pathetic crosstown Cubs have become.  I understand Jesus Christ Himself now plays right field for the Baby Bears.  40,000 screaming Sox fans will have something to say about that at Comiskey Park this weekend.  Talk about sweet!

 

Back to 2000 Champions!

 



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