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Loaiza Aces A's!

August 10 Vs. Oakland

Today's temperature:
"Another huge game by one of the big 3 helps the Sox keep pace with KC. After tinkering on Saturday, Jerry sends out the regular lineup on Sunday and the team pays him back with a win. Will Jerry every see the light and put and end to the tinkering madness? Nobody knows..."

Short Take: White Sox timely hitting, solid defense and Esteban Loaiza too much for Oakland.

Another Sunday day game another chance for a series win for the White Sox. Jerry Manuel had tinkered with Saturday's lineup and Sox fans were nervous that it was the return of a trend. After all, Jerry loves to tinker for day games. But, for once, Jerry left well enough alone. He sent out Esteban Loaiza and the other 9 regulars and the Sox made his self-restraint pay off with a 5-1 series clinching victory. Esteban Loaiza dominated the A's for 8 innings - the only Oakland run scoring on a solo-shot with one out in the 8th. Meanwhile, the offense and defense were as solid as Sox fans have seen in a while.

Neither team scored for the first 4 innings but in the bottom of the 5th, the Sox strung together three straight 2-out hits. The last two were a triple by Carlos Lee and a double by Frank Thomas to take a 2-0 lead. Paul Konerko added a solo-shot in the 6th and the Sox put up 2 more in the eighth to clinch the win. The final run of the game scoring when Paul Konerko (on base after a strike three passed ball) took off for second. Joe Crede popped up to right, but with the second baseman covering the bag, no one else could get to it. The ball bounced away from Miguel Tejada - who had collided with Jose Guillen trying to make a play. By the time the A's corralled the ball, Konerko had scored... from first... on a single... If that doesn't tell you it was the Sox day than nothing ever will. In addition, the Sox defense was playing as well as it has in a while. Joe Crede turned in several nice plays at third. Robbie Alomar was a vacuum cleaner at second - throwing out one guy from his knees and barely missing another. Carlos Lee slipped while pursuing a ball down the left-field line, but still made the catch - while sitting on his butt. He also made a nice grab in the gap earlier to prevent a run from scoring. Finally, Carl Everett made a couple of nice catches in center, one at the wall after turning and running to a spot - something fans haven't seen in a while by any of their center-fielders and another on a sinking, swerving liner that prevented a single with the score still close. In short, it was a completely different way to win. Hopefully they keep it up...

Carl Everett continues his recent hot streak with two more hits including a solo homer and some solid defense. Joe Crede added another couple of hits. Magglio Ordonez had a couple of singles and Frank Thomas drove in a run with a scalded double down the left-field line. This one was a real team effort, the only star being Loaiza who is proving he is not a fluke with every single game he starts. With the Sox done with Oakland for the year, they turn their sights to fourteen straight games against the bottom half of the AL-West - the first seven on the road. It starts with Bartolo Colon going tomorrow night in Anaheim. The Sox need to make up some ground by beating the average teams they are going to face from here on out. There is no more time for lackadaisical play or failing to do what is best for the team...

Tinkerer Update:
 Jerry sends out the regular lineup and the Sox win. Surprise, surprise...

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