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Who Needs Nine Innings?

April 29th vs Toronto

Today's Free Agency Value:
"1 for 4 in the game, but with a solo blast that started the scoring in the 5-run 6th inning."

Short Take:† Loaiza with a decent outing, but timely scoring helps him get his 4th win on the year.

Well, what do you know, the Sox donít need to bat in the 9th inning in order to win a game at home. Having won 3 out of their last 4 home games in the bottom of the 9th inning, the Sox proved on Thursday that they can indeed win a game in plain old non-walkoff style. After giving Sox fans plenty of intense late inning action over the past few games, the Sox chose to secure victory a bit earlier in this game - though that didnít keep them from giving Sox fans another collective scare. This team has seemingly taken an approach that in order to succeed, they must fail first. That is to say, in order to win the game, they must trail at some point. And this game was no different. While Sox fans hoped for a laugher Thursday when Esteban Loaiza took to the mound to face Pat Hentgen, that wouldnít be the outcome. The Sox struggled through 5 and 1/2 innings, failing to put together much of anything offensively against Hentgen, and with Loaiza struggling to overcome some bad calls courtesy of home plate umpire Mike Everitt. But the bottom of the 6th inning was enough to overcome the deficit and help secure the 6-4 White Sox win.

The Sox entered the bottom half of the 6th trailing 4-1 and struggling to hit Hentgen. But with the first batter of the inning, the Sox turned the game around. That first batter was Magglio Ordonez and he connected with a pitch for a solo blast to straightaway center. With singles by Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko book ending a Carlos Lee walk, the Sox had the bases loaded with no outs for Kelly Dransfeldt. Dransfeldt singled to drive in another run cutting the lead to 4-3. Aaron Rowand pinch hit against the lefty pitcher and while he failed to get a hit, his ground out scored the tying run. An infield single by Willie Harris and a base hit by Juan Uribe scored two more runs to finish the Sox 5 run inning, securing the 6-4 lead. From there the Sox bullpen cruised to shut down the Jays and finish off the game. Neal Cotts relieved Loaiza in the 7th after a leadoff double and kept the Jays from scoring. Cotts pitched a 1-2-3 8th inning and handed it over to Billy Koch for the 9th. The 9th was surprisingly easy for Sox fans. After Koch hit the first batter he faced, he quickly retired the next three hitters to save the game.

Esteban Loaiza was spotted a one run lead in the bottom of the 1st inning when Frank Thomas drove in Juan Uribe on a double to left. But Loaiza gave the runs right back on a home run by Carlos Delgado and a double by Orlando Hudson which scored Josh Phelps. Loaiza was shaky in the next few innings but was helped out by a few good defensive plays. Maggs Ordonez saved a run in the 3rd on a ball scalded to right field by Delgado and Willie Harris contributed with a diving stop to his left to save a hit. Loaiza gave up 4 runs on the night but wasnít helped out by the shaky strike zone. Loaiza had several pitches that looked to be in the strike zone but were called balls and ended up costing him runs. But Loaiza pitched good enough to last into the 6th inning when the Sox offense finally come up big. That was enough to get Loaiza his 4th win of the year and the Sox their 13th victory on the 2004 season.

The second game of this four game series against the Blue Jays starts at 7:05 CDT tomorrow. Mark Buehrle will take to the hill for the Sox against the Blue Jays ace and reigning Cy Young winner, Roy Halladay.

Ozzieball Update:
†Not exactly Ozzie's choice, but Kelly Dransfeldt started and went 2-4 with a big RBI when Joe Crede became sick before the game. The hit-and-run in the first inning helped the Sox stay out of the double play on a ground ball off the bat of Ordonez, and eventually led to a run.

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