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It's Never Easy...

May 3rd at Baltimore


Today's Free Agency Value:
$11,000,000
"0 for 3, though he did draw 2 walks. But he's gotta hit better to earn that big contract."

Short Take:  Schoeneweis cruises and gets enough run support, but the bullpen makes things interesting.

The headline says it all. Itís never easy with the White Sox. Today was no different. Scott Schoeneweis and Kurt Ainsworth took the mound to on Monday in a face-off that seemed to favor the Sox. Through the first five innings though, the Orioles were the ones on top of a 1-0 pitchers duel. But the Cardiac (or is that Heart Attack?) White Sox grabbed the lead and looked like they would run away with the game. But as any White Sox fan knows, no lead for any team is safe in a Sox game. So when the Sox grabbed a 5-1 lead it seemed almost too easy for the Sox to finish the game off in that fashion. Sure enough, the Sox would allow the Orioles back into the game before barely finishing off a 5-4 win.

If the 1st inning was an indication of how the game would go for the Sox, Sox fans could only cringe. Walks by Willie Harris, Magglio Ordonez, and Carlos Lee loaded the bases with two out for Ross Gload. Gload struck out in a poor at-bat which featured him swinging at pitches in the dirt. In the bottom half of the inning, Schoeneweis walked the leadoff man, Brian Roberts. Roberts stole 2nd and 3rd base before scoring on a ground out. At 1-0 after one inning, the game wasnít looking very bright for Sox fans. Schoeneweis settled in and pitched 6 more innings without allowing a run. In the 2nd inning, with the bases loaded again, Ordonez crushed a ball to left field that looked to be a grand slam off his bat. But the ball wasnít carrying well at all on this night and it died at the warning track allowing Larry Bigbie to catch it at the top of the wall. But in the 6th inning, the Sox offense finally gave Schoeneweis some support. Joe Crede hit a solo blast that did carry over the wall.

The 7th inning was a different story as the Orioles gave the Sox some help. With runners on the corners, Lee grounded to short but Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada got greedy trying to force the double play rather than take the out at first. Tejada threw the ball past second baseman Brian Roberts and into the outfield. Juan Uribe, the runner at 3rd, scored on the play and Frank Thomas advanced to 3rd. In a curious move the Orioles chose to intentionally walk Ross Gload to load the bases for Joe Crede. While Crede didnít make the Orioles pay, Aaron Rowand would. Rowand hit a short chopper to shortstop, and Tejada could not make the play allowing Thomas to score from 3rd. A Sandy Alomar Jr. walk pushed across another run and the Sox had a 4-1 lead. In the 8th, the Sox got what proved to be a very important insurance run. Juan Uribe reached base on an infield single and after a Frank Thomas double play erased a walk by Ordonez, the Sox received some more help from the Orioles. Rick Bauer hit Lee with a pitch and then uncorked a wild pitch on which Uribe just barely scored from 3rd. The Sox had finished scoring, but the Orioles were just beginning.

In the bottom of the 8th inning the Orioles pushed across their second run on an infield single with runners on the corners. With two runners on and Javy Lopez due up, Ozzie Guillen went to Shingo Takatsu. Lopez hit a DEEP fly ball that looked to be a 3 run homer off the bat. Thankfully though as previously mentioned, the ball wasnít carrying at all on this particular night. Takatsu thought the ball was gone, but Carlos Lee would make the catch with his back against the wall. That inning closed the gap to 5-2 making it a save situation for Billy Koch. And that is where the drama began. In typical Koch fashion, he walked the leadoff man in the 9th, but then proceeded to calm down and strike out the next two batters. With 2 outs, Koch went to 2 strikes on B.J. Surhoff and looked to have Surhoff struck out but the umpire felt otherwise. Koch lost Surhoff and wound up walking him and the next batter. A bases loaded single by Melvin Mora scored two narrowing the lead to just one. Koch then got a little help to end the game courtesy of a huge play by Juan Uribe. A smash hit by Tejada was caught by a diving Uribe, who spun and threw to Willie Harris covering second. Harris tagged the bag in time to get the force out and end the game for another thrilling White Sox win!

The Sox look to win in easier fashion on Tuesday when Esteban Loaiza faces off against Eric DuBose. The game is scheduled for 6:05 CDT.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
 Lee with a stolen base though the Sox were helped largely by Baltimore's sloppy play.


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