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From No-Hitter To Walk-Off HR

August 18th vs Anaheim

Today's temperature:
"Even Jerry can't screw up when Frank and Burly-Mon play like that. Good to be back in Chicago and even better to be only 2 games back ."

Short Take:  Buehrle and Thomas carry the team to a win.

Monday’s game featured a rematch of last Wednesday’s game with Mark Buehrle facing off against Jarrod Washburn. In that match-up Washburn barely got the better of Buehrle with the Angels winning 2-1. Tonight’s game would be a pitchers duel just as the last game between these two southpaws was. And through most of this game, it looked like Washburn would once again best Buehrle. But the Sox would pull it out late and win 4-2. The Angels grabbed the first lead of the game in the 3rd. With one out in the 3rd, a walk and a single would leave runners on the corners. Buehrle struck the next hitter out, but could not retire Garrett Anderson. Anderson drove in one run but that would be all for the inning. The Sox would not respond well. In fact, the Sox couldn’t do anything against Washburn for 6 innings. Washburn took a no-hitter in the 7th and it certainly looked like that would continue. In the top half of the 7th the Angels extended their lead to 2-0. Adam Riggs led off with a double and the Angels sacrificed him over to 3rd. The Angels then executed a squeeze bunt to perfection on a high pitch and Riggs scored to give the Angels an insurance run. With a 2 run deficit and not a single hit on the night, it certainly looked like the Sox were down for the count in this game.

Frank Thomas felt otherwise though. Roberto Alomar would break up the no-no with a base hit while batting right handed, that got past a diving Adam Kennedy. The Sox had new life and that would show soon after. Two pitches later, Thomas crushed a big 2-run blast to center field to tie the game! After not having recorded a single hit during the first 6 innings, the Sox managed to tie the game up with only 2 hits. Magglio Ordonez would then reach on an error as the Sox looked to take the lead. But any hope of the Sox grabbing the lead would soon dissipate. Carlos Lee flew out to left and Carl Everett then grounded into a double play to end the inning. The game stayed tied until the 9th. Tom Gordon entered the game looking to maintain the tie. He made it interesting though by walking the leadoff batter, Scott Spiezio. Spiezio would be sacrificed to 2nd and then move to 3rd on a ground out. With 2 outs, Adam Kennedy grounded back to Gordon for the 3rd out as the Sox got out of the inning unscathed.

The 9th would start off perfectly. Tony Graffanino, starting at 3rd for Joe Crede, doubled into the gap in left center. Roberto Alomar sacrificed him over to 3rd and all the Sox needed was a deep fly to win the game. Frank would go a bit further. Thomas took a 3-2 pitch and smashed a line drive that found its way inside the foul pole in left field for a walk off 2-run home run and a 4-2 White Sox win! For most of this game Washburn looked like he would steal the headlines, but Buehrle would ultimately outdo him. Buehrle pitched 8 strong innings allowing only 2 runs on 6 hits. He struck out 6 and walked just 1. Aside from Frank, the rest of the offense didn’t show up for this game. The Sox had just 4 hits - 2 home runs by Frank and the hits by Alomar and Graffanino that preceded those home runs. The win combined with the Royals loss means the Sox are back to just 2 games out, even after losing 6 of the last 8 games. The Sox will look to assure a series win tomorrow at 7:05 cst as Jon Garland toes the rubber against Scot Shields.

Tinkerer Update:
  Graffanino starts at 3rd and leads off as Crede rests.

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