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Changes Rejuvenate Offense

May 7th at Oakland

Today's temperature:
"A new lineup works out and creates some offense, taking off some of the pressure on Manuel."

Short Take: Loaiza solid as the Sox offense provides him with more than enough support.

  • The Sox offense is back! Well, at least for this game it was. Jerry Manuel shook up the batting order and it definitely worked in this game. The most notable move was moving Frank Thomas up to 2nd in the batting order- something many at WSI have been calling for. It worked as the Sox collected 14 hits to provide starter Esteban Loaiza with ample support. Loaiza bounced back from his rough outing last time out to give the Sox a strong performance this time leading to a 8-4 White Sox win.
  • Did the Sox and As switch teams for this game? For once, everything went the Sox way as the As booted the ball around all game long. The As had 4 total errors and the Sox forced the As to make the plays, which they couldnt. Sox fans, lets all take a moment to appreciate a game where the other team did everything wrong.
  • The Sox offense scored early and late in this game. Miguel Olivo started it off with a solo HR, his 3rd of the season, in the 2nd inning. But the 3rd inning was when the Sox really turned it on. Magglio Ordonez came up with 2 runners on and hit what would have been a home run if not for Eric Byrnes. Byrnes robbed Maggs of a home run but could not hang onto the ball letting it fall from his glove after bringing it back over the fence. Ordonez would get a triple and 2 runs scored on the play. Paul Konerko then grounded to second but Mark Ellis decided to come home and instead threw it away allowing Maggs to score. Joe Crede would knock in Konerko to give the Sox a 4 run lead and a 4 run inning. When was the last time this team had a 4 run inning? It certainly was a great thing to see!
  • Esteban Loaiza showed in this game that he can pitch well after April. He gave the Sox 6 strong innings allowing only 2 runs. The one scare for Sox fans came in the 8th with a 5 run lead. Tom Gordon relieved Kelly Wunsch with 2 outs and proceeded to walk the bases loaded. Damaso Marte would get out of the jam but not before allowing a hit to the first batter he faced which drove in 2 runs. That would be the only scare though because Marte cruised in the 9th to preserve the Sox win.
  • The lineup change really helped in this game, particularly at the top of the order. Leadoff man Tony Graffanino reached base in all 6 plate appearances, and Frank Thomas was 4-6 in his first career game starting in the 2 hole. The hitters behind them (Ordonez, Konerko, Crede) were not great, but they managed to score the runners.
  • It was great to see the Sox put pressure on the As. For a change, the Sox put runners in motion all game long. It may not have always worked out, but the pressure did lead to some poor defense from the As. Lets hope this is a sign of things to come from the Sox offense.
  • The Sox look for a much needed series win tomorrow against the As at 2:35 cst. The game will feature a rematch of last Thursdays game with Jon Garland going against John Halama. Sox fans, lets hope the outcome is the same as last time these two pitchers met!

Tinkerer Update:
A new batting order: Thomas bats 2nd, Crede bats 5th, Valentin falls to 8th, with Olivo 7th. Graffy starts at 2nd and leads off.

submitted by Jjav829.

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