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Eating Some Twinkies!

September 8th vs Minnesota

Today's temperature:
"When your starting pitcher is throwing that well, there really isn't much for a manager to do which is good news for Sox fans."

Short Take:† Bartolo Colon crams down some Twinkies and gets a complete game win.

Itís September 8th and your Chicago White Sox are alone in 1st place. Sounds good Sox fans, doesnít it? Well it is true now with the Sox having taken the first game of this huge series against the Minnesota Twins. Bartolo Colon stepped up tonight and pitched like Sox fans hoped he would pitch when the Sox first acquired him. While it wasnít always easy for Colon, he brought his best stuff when it really mattered and held the Twins to just 2 runs as the Sox won 5-2. Colon went the distance in this game striking out 4 but allowing 10 hits. He was given a comfortable cushion early in the game. The Sox bats came out on fire right from the start. With 1 out, Carlos Lee doubled and Frank Thomas walked. But it looked like the Sox might not score when Magglio Ordonez lined out for the 2nd out. Fortunately, things were just getting started. Carl Everett singled to right to drive home the first run. Paul Konerko then walked and things were really looking positive for the Sox. Jose Valentin then stepped to the plate and hit a bloop single to center that was just out of the reach of Christian Guzman who was going back on the play. The hit scored two to give the Sox a 3-0 lead. Joe Crede would single but Konerko was held at third which left the bases loaded. Miguel Olivo did not disappoint Sox fans. He came up with a huge single to left that bounced just in front of a diving Shannon Stewart. The hit scored two and gave the Sox a 5-0 lead.

But before Sox fans could finish celebrating that first inning, the Twinkies managed to make things interesting. In the 2nd inning Matt LeCroy walked on a questionable pitch and two batters later Tor-I-I Hunter doubled to score LeCroy as it looked like Colon might once again fail to come up big in an important game. A Corey Koskie single and wild pitch by Colon left runners on 2nd and 3rd. But the Twins could only manage to score 1 more courtesy of a ground out. That kept the Sox lead at 5-2. The scoring for both teams would end after the top of the 2nd inning as pitching dominated from there on out. But it wasnít that easy for Sox fans. In the 3rd with 2 outs, the Twins managed to string together consecutive hits to leave runners on 2nd and 3rd. Jacque Jones would smash a Colon pitch that looked like it would go into left field and score 2 more runs. But Jose Valentin used every inch of his body to jump up and catch the line drive which saved 2 runs. In the 5th, Colon would get a ground ball double play with runners on 1st and 2nd and 1 out to prevent the Twinkies from scoring. But while Colon kept cruising, the Sox couldnít manage to score any more runs keeping the game close. That would look to be big once Colon took to the mound in the 7th.

Bartolo allowed a single and a double to lead off the inning. But with 0 outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Colon stepped up and flat out threw heat. Denny Hocking scalded one straight back at Colon and Bartoloís reflexes snagged the ball for the first out. He then gassed Doug Mietwesdgsdgz up and struck him out for the 2nd out. And to finish off, he forced Matt LeCroy to popup to end the inning and not allow a single run to score. An absolutely amazing job by Colon to prevent a run from scoring after getting himself into a jam. The Sox failed to add an insurance run in the 8th even after leading off the inning with consecutive singles. Ordonez would ground into a fielders choice for 1 out and Everett then grounded into a double play to end the inning. But it wouldnít matter because Colon came out in the 9th and got a fly out for 1 out. Then after allowing a single he forced Shannon Stewart to ground into a double play to end the game. A 5-2 White Sox win put them in first place all by themselves. The Sox look to extend their division lead tomorrow at 7:05 cst with Mark Buehrle taking to the kill against Carlos Pulido. In the heat of the pennant race, the Sox canít afford to be dominated by another pitcher they arenít familiar with.

Tinkerer Update:
† Manuel sticks with a set lineup for this important game.

submitted by Jjav829.

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