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Heart Attack Victory!

June 11 vs. New York Mets

Short take:  Lineup clicks, pitching sucks.

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"I'm still going to be ripped even with the win."

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In spite of all their blowout victories, precious little comes easy for this team, Sox Fans.  Our Sox finally show some life with the bats, but the pitching is absolutely putrid, and the game is nearly blown.  Another new lineup from the admitted-tinkerer that screws things up, but this time his house of cards is left standing.  Sox beat the Mets 10-8, the tying run at the plate.

Hey, we won.  How bad can it possibly be?

This one started like all the rest.  The Sox offense slumbered while Todd Ritchie did just enough to lose.  In the early going, Ritchie was content to simply commit a throwing error while allowing two runs on four hits.  That was the third inning.  Sox down 2-0--a seemingly insurmountable margin for the anemic Sox offense.  This man has mush for brains, "veteran presence" notwithstanding.

One man turned it around.  A pair of walks starting with #9 hitter Mark Johnson and leadoff man Ken Lofton brought #3 Frank Thomas to the plate with two runners on and two out.  What do you call a 3-run homerun with two out in a game you're losing that suddenly spots you the lead? 

CLUTCH!!!!  That's a word we haven't used too much describing the Sox!

From there, the sailing was easy.  The Sox popped the Mets with fair ease.  Paul Konerko started the fourth inning with a leadoff dinger.  Eight more Sox batted, and before the third out was recorded, the Sox had five more runs.  The score was 8-2 and this looked to be a laugher.

Tony Graffanino (playing third base) looked good in his #2 spot between Lofton and Thomas.  He got one hit, two ribbies, both with two out.  Ray Durham did well in the #7 spot, too, 2 for 4 with a run scored.  The bottom-three (Durham, Carlos Lee, and Mark Johnson) went a collective 3 for 10 with a walk.  That's more production than we've seen from that black hole in a long time.

Before Sox Fans had a chance to get too filled with themselves, we were reminded that Todd Ritchie was still in the game.  He did his level-best to blow this game.  He was chased in the seventh inning.  Struggling Keith Foulke,demoted from the closer role, brought in for setup relief, failed to get anyone out.  Ritchie was charged with six earned runs and eleven hits for six innings worked.  Oh yeah, this is the guy Jerry Manuel is considering starting a game against the Cubs because Gary Glover is so bad.  Oh, brother...

Kelly Wunsch let more inherited runners score but did manage all three outs in the seventh.  Bob Howry was lit in the ninth, before Antonio Osuna got the third out on Roberto Alomar.  A homerun would have tied the game.  That doesn't happen to Sox closers too much, does it?

So how did the Sox manage to win this game?  Back to back dingers in the seventh by Magglio Ordonez and Konerko were the margin of victory.  What appeared to be meaningless runs were made anything but meaningless by Todd Ritchie and an inept bullpen performance.

We'll take the wins any way we can get them--but surely there are easier ways to earn them.


George Bova is editor and founder of White Sox Interactive.

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2 for 4, four rbi's and no strikeouts.  His three-run dinger in the third inning jump-started the offense and spotted the Sox the lead even Todd Ritchie couldn't screw up.

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