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Soaked Split For Sox

May 13th vs Baltimore


Today's Free Agency Value:
$11,500,000
"2 hits, a walk and a run. Throw the kid a couple bucks for playing in the rain."

Short Take: Corpseball Early, Ozzieball Late

Back in the glory days of baseball, doubleheaders used to be pretty much commonplace. Fans would show up at the ticket window, plunk down their hard-earned bucks, and catch 2 ballgames for the price of one. In today's MLB universe, the schedule gods never eben intend for them to be played anymore, so fans have to hope for a little help from Mother Nature and mutual off days in order to behold 18 innings of baseball in a single afternoon. Thanks to cats and dogs pouring from the sky last night, the Sox and Orioles found themselves playing two on a Thursday afternoon in the second home double dip Sox fans have been treated to in this young season. Baltimore hands the Sox a hard-luck 1-0 loss in the first game, but the Pale Hose battle back for a hard-earned 6-5 win in the nightcap, taking the series 2 games to 1.

Jon Garland took the hill for the Sox in the first game, and looked like he was in a world of trouble early on, surrendering back-to-back singles to Brian Roberts and Melvin Mora to start the game. Roberts stole second then cruised on to 3rd on yet another error this season by Sandy Alomar, and scored on Mora's single. Garland unjammed himself by inducing a double play and a popout, and the Orioles were done scoring for the rest of the game. Too bad the Sox didn't even get the chance to start scoring. The Sox offense, who tagged the O's staff for 15 runs on Tuesday night, couldn't even scratch out one against Daniel Caberera (making his major league debut), Rodrigo Lopez or Jorge Julio. Ross Gload accounted for 2 of the Sox 3 hits on the afternoon, and Timo Perez was the only Sox hitter to reach third base, waiting all the way to the 7th inning to do so. The Sox defense backed up Garland well, turning 3 double plays. Neal Cotts tosses 2 innings of no-hit relief, but all goes for naught.

In the nightcap, the Sox jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first thanks to singles by Carlos Lee (hitting in the 2 spot) and Magglio Ordonez. Lee scores on a heads up play after a passed ball, and Paul Konerko tries to shake off his miserable May with a sharp single, driving home Ordonez and Joe Crede. The Orioles would strike back in the 5th though, as Sox rookie Felix Diaz has an initally impressive major league debut turn ugly. After retiring 9 out of the first 10 batters he faced, the jitters finally catch up with Felix, as he serves up longballs to Luis Matos, Jerry Hairston Jr and Melvin Mora. All of a sudden, the Sox are staring a 4-3 deficit and fast approaching storm clouds square in the face. As the rain started to fall, the Sox offense picked right back up the next inning. Frank Thomas draws a walk, Joe Crede reaches on a fielder's choice, and just as the torrential downpour kicks into high gear, Paul Konerko blasts an Erik Bedard offering over the left field fence. Konerko would end up tallying 5 RBI on the afternoon and raising his batting average for the first time this whole month. Konerko had barely finished circling the bases when Bossard's boys brought out the big blue tarp, delaying the game for 90 minutes. After the game resumed in a steady drizzle, the Sox bullpen combo of Mike Jackson, Shingo Takatsu, Damaso Marte and Billy Koch holds the Orioles at bay to pick up the win. Koch managed to walk the first batter he faced, but then mowed down Roberts, Hairston and Mora to end the game. So much for Ozzie resting the bullpen for the weekend, but the Sox sure needed this win.

The hated Twinkies and their slim one-game lead come to town tomorrow for a 3 game set at US Cellular Field. Scott Schoeneweis takes the mound against Kyle Lohse.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
 Ozzieball in the nightcap in the 1st and 5th...walks and singles translate into runs thanks to timely hitting from Konerko.


submitted by WhiteSoxWilkes.

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Game 1: Jon Garland Game 2: Paul Konerko

Too bad Garland wasn't allowed to hit to help his cause, he probably would have done better than the Sox offense in the first game. Konerko pretends it's June in the nightcap and drives in 5 runs.

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