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Soggy split

May 1, doubleheader vs. Toronto

Today's Free Agency Value:
"Unspectacular at the plate both games, going 2-9 on the day, but had a nice slide to score the game-winner in the first."

Short Take: Sox and Jays combine for split of a soggy doubleheader on the South Side.

Saturday’s split with the Toronto Blue Jays can be described as night and day in more than one way. Literally, the Sox and Jays hooked up for a night and day doubleheader, but figuratively, Sox fans were treated to two very different games, one well-played, ten-inning thriller; the other a sloppy, poorly played affair that was all but over halfway in.

In the first game, two of the premier pitchers in the American League dueled in an impressive battle. The Sox sent Mark Buehrle to the hill against the defending American League Cy Young winner, Roy Halladay. The Blue Jays drew first blood in the second when Kevin Cash and Orlando Hudson combined for a single and double with two outs in the second, but the Sox came back in the third when Willie Harris sacrificed Timo Perez home. Toronto came back with another run in the fifth when Carlos Delgado singled home Chris Woodward, but the Sox gave Mark his first lead the next inning on Joe Crede’s 2-run bomb. Buehrle shut down the Blue Jays the rest of the way, all in all, going 6 2/3 innings, allowing 6 hits, walking 1, allowing 2 runs (both earned) and striking out 8.

But once again, the bullpen let another win for Mark get away. After Cliff Politte mowed down his former teammates for an inning, Damaso Marte came on hold on to the one-run margin, and promptly served Delgado a meatball that wound up in the Blue Jays’ bullpen.

And once again, the stage was set for some last at bat drama for the Sox. After a scoreless inning by Shingo Takatsu, Justin Speier came in to work for Toronto. Magglio Ordonez singled to lead things off and Frank Thomas drew a walk. Ross Gload’s sac bunt to third base moved the pair into scoring position for Joe “Clutch” Crede who came through again, with a deep drive to right field. Jose Cruz, Jr. only made it close with a strong throw home, but Maggs was able to slide around the tag and bring down a White Sox winner.

All you have to know about the second game was that every batter’s favorite punching bag, Dan Wright took the hill. The Blue Jays made use, homering twice in the second to take a lead they’d never relinquish. Wright was relieved by Jon Adkins in the fourth, but the Jays had already plated three more runs in the frame. The bullpen was pretty much ineffective, as Adkins allowed a run in the fifth and Neal Cotts and Mike Jackson combined to allow three more in the 7th.

Give the offense some credit, though, even with the horrendous start by Wright, they kept the Sox in the game all night long, even to the point that the sparse crowd that braved the cold, soggy weather was pumped for what they hoped would be some more late inning heroics. Highlights were Juan Uribe’s home run in the third and Miguel Olivo’s three run blast in the fourth. But there would be no death-defying escapes for the Sox tonight, and they made a small scare in the ninth, but couldn’t do any damage. Poor pitching sank the Sox’s hopes of a sweep, as they fell 10-6.

The two teams tangle one last time Sunday, weather permitting, for the last meeting between the two this side of Canada. Jon Garland will need a big game to give that overworked bullpen some rest and he faced Miguel Batista, who has had a miserable April. No need to inform him of the month change just yet, boys. Game time is 2:05 CDT and will be aired on Fox Sports Net-Chicago.

Ozzieball Update:
Lots of Ozzieball in the first game. Sac bunt here, squeeze there, sac fly to win it. Second game not so much, as the offense couldn't afford to give away any more outs.

submitted by doublem23.

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Joe Crede

Mr. Clutch comes through again with a game winning sac fly in the 10th

Miguel Olivo

Kept the Sox in the game with a three-run bomb that eventually went by the wayside.

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