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Colon dismantles Dodgers

June 7, 2003 at Los Angeles


Today's temperature:
92
"Heat cools off a bit what with the win and everyone watching the Belmont Stakes and Stanley Cup finals."

Short Take: Colon goes the distance as Sox tie series in L.A.

Sometimes; not often, but sometimes... They just pitch better than they hit.

After Mark Buehrle lost a heartbreaker, 2-1, to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bartolo Colon probably knew he was going to have to pitch a gem to get a win as the apathetic White Sox offense faced off against baseball's best pitching staff.  He did just that Sox fans, earning his fifth complete game of the season en route to a 4-1 win to even the series up at 1.

After managing one hit in the first two innings against Andy Ashby, the offense finally gave Bartolo some runs in the top of the third.  Miguel Olivo started the inning with a single and moved into scoring position on a sac bunt by Colon.  D'Angelo Jimenez wasted no time squandering an RBI opprotunity, singling in the run.  He stole second and made it to third on a deep fly out to right field by Jose Valentin (sound baserunning?  No way!).  After a walk to Frank Thomas put runners at the corners, it seemed Magglio Ordonez was set to hit into one of his trademark 2003 double plays, but instead singled to right to plate the second run of the night.

It would be all Bartolo needed, as he sliced through the Dodger's lineup like a warm knife in butter.  He didn't allow a multi-hit inning all game, and the Dodgers didn't get 2 baserunners in an inning until the 8th, but that was aided by a Carlos Lee error.  He retired 19 batters in a row in a streak that started on Mike Kinkade's fly out to left in the second following a lead-off single by Brian Jordan end finally ended after Adrian Beltre reached on Lee's error with two outs in the 8th.  All in all, 9 innings of work, 1 run earned, 4 hits, no walks, and 5 strikeouts on 87 pitches.  Just another day at the office for one of baseball's workhorses.

As for the offense, they saw a familiar face in an unsual jersey in the 4th when Wilson Alvarez made his season debut in the 4th for Ashby.  How full circle it is, as one of the pitchers dealt to San Francisco on July 31, 1997 to signal the begin of "The Kids can Play" rebuilding era now faces them as that short-lived era looks to be ending with a wimper, not a bang.  Alvarez pitched 5 innings and allowed 2 more runs, both solo home runs; one by Thomas in the 7th and the other by Joe Crede in the 8th.

The Sox look to win their first series since May 19-21 against the Blue Jays tomorrow when Esteban Loaiza goes up against last year's diamond in the rough, Odalis Perez.  Game time is 3:10 Chicago time and will be on FoxSports Chicago.

WSI's Tinkerer Update: Armando Rios gets the nod in center field today and bats 6th.  Other than that a "normal" look for JM?  Get out of town!


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Frank Thomas


  3-3 on the night with a walk.  Gave himself an RBI and R with a bomb to left-field off long time teammate, Wilson Alvarez, in the 7th.

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