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Squeezing One Out!

September 9th Vs Minnesota

Today's temperature:
"Next time have the regular closers doing soft toss when you put in an unknown commodity to finish what is effectively a playoff game. Other than that, I can't see how anyone has any complaints..."

Short Take: PANIC-AGUA almost blows it, Gordon saves it

Surely it would be wishful thinking to think that beating the Twins would be easy game in and game out. Surely it's wishful thinking to believe that an 8-2 lead would be safe against this pesky bunch known for late inning rallies and winning with smoke and mirrors. Sox manage to survive a late inning surge off what appears to be a late-season mistake acquisition and walk away with an 8-6 win in front of a frenzied crowd at US Cellular Field. The playoffs may still be 3 weeks and 20 games away, but there was a definite postseason air circulating around the South Side of Chicago Friday.

The Sox drew first blood in this matchup of bitter division rivals by tallying 3 runs off hapless Twins slug Carlos Pulido. Joe Crede, who has been nothing short of a stud the past 6 weeks, doubles home Carlos Lee. Sandy Alomar follows up with a sacrifice fly scoring Paul Konerko, and Tony Graffanino brings home Crede with yet another one of his timely singles. The Twinkies counter with a pair of runs in the 4th courtesy of the much-hated tandem of AJ Pierzynski and Tori Hunter, but the Sox pad what many thought was a comfortable lead with a Magglio Ordonez blast an inning later. The Sox add to that lead with 2 home runs in the 7th--a solo shot from Robbie Alomar and a 2-run jack from Carlos Lee. Combined with an RBI single off the red-hot Ordonez, surely this game was in the bag, right? That's not the case with the annoying, nagging Twins though. Jerry Manuel decides to have a little fun with the bullpen and bring in aging, just-up-from-AAA relic Jose Paniagua. PANIC-AGUA pitches poorly enough to put the Twins back within 3 runs before yielding to Tom Gordon, who gives up another run but somehow manages to lock down the save for the Sox, all the while forcing Sox fans to reach for the nitroglycerin pills.

Lost in all the late-inning drama was another crafty performance by Mark Buehrle, who gives up just 2 runs in spite of 7 hits to improve his reord to just below the break-even mark at 12-13. The marathon set against the Twins continues tomorrow with another 7:05 start. Jon Garland takes on Johan Santana..let's keep this ball rolling, eh boys?

Tinkerer Update:
 Graffanino back at short against a soft-tossing lefty.

submitted by WhiteSoxWilkes.

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