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A Thrilling, Record Setting, Comeback!

June 15th at Florida

Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
Number of special newspaper articles covering it:

"Back at home, Magglio takes in an early movie. He gives two thumbs up to Shrek 2."

Short Take:  The offense takes a while to show up, but makes up for it with 7 runs in the final 3 innings.

The last time White Sox fans got a close look at the Florida Marlins they were busy beating the Yankees in the World Series after taking out the Cubs in the NLCS. And while the Marlins may have lost players such as Ivan Rodriguez and Ugueth Urbina, they still have their young nucleus of talented players that helped lead them to the World Series. On Tuesday, Ozzie Guillen made his return trip to the place where he coached last year in what look to be a tough challenge for the Sox. The Sox had to beat the defending World Series champions in their stadium without Magglio Ordonez and without the use of the DH (leaving Paul Konerko to start the game on the bench). This game featured it all for the Sox; A record setting performance, an unlikely hero, and another thrilling comeback. But through 7 innings the Sox looked to be in trouble. Then Ozzieball kicked in.

The Sox got off to a rough start against the Fightin' Fish. Willie Harris walked to start the game but was picked off in between Juan Uribe and Frank Thomas strike outs. In the bottom half of the inning, Jon Garland surrendered a solo blast to the young Marlins superstar, Miguel Cabrera. But the scoring stopped for a while after that. In fact neither team scored again until the 7th inning. In that inning Hee Seop Choi led off with a base hit. Jeff Conine bunted to try to move Choi over which caused the Sox even more trouble. Garland came off the mound to field the bunt, but bobbled the ball in a hurried attempt to get the out at second base. Garland got neither out and was in trouble. Two hitters later, Alex Gonzalez made him pay. Gonzalez took Garland deep to left for a 3-run jack to extend the Marlins lead to 4-0. But things changed for the better in the 8th inning.

In the 8th, Ozzie started playing the match-ups. With 1 out, Ozzie pinch hit Aaron Rowand for Willie Harris against the left handed pitcher. The move worked as Rowand singled. After a Juan Uribe walk, The Big Hurt strolled to the plate. And he lived up to the nickname. Thomas crushed a line drive to left field. The ball looked to bounce off the wall rather than behind the wall. But the umpires ruled the ball a home run and the Sox were back in it at 4-3. However, Mike Jackson couldn’t maintain that score. Jackson allowed a solo home run to Mike Lowell to provide the Marlins an insurance run. But the Sox still had the 9th inning. And they made use of it.

Joe Crede led off the 9th with a double. That brought to the plate that big time slugging right fielder for the White Sox….Timo Perez!?!? Well, it worked. Perez worked a count in his favor before blasting off on his former teammate Armando Benitez. Perez jacked a 2-run homer to right center that tied the game at 5! Damaso Marte retired the Marlins 1-2-3 in the 9th and the game went to extra innings. The Sox took full advantage of the extra chance. After a Thomas strike out, Carlos Lee stepped to the plate. Lee, who was hitless on the night at this point, had been pressing in previous at-bats to extend his hit streak. But on a 1-2 count, Lee found a pitch to his liking. He smacked a double to left center to extend his hit streak to 28 games and set a new White Sox record for consecutive games with a hit. Paul Konerko pinch hit after Lee but was intentionally walked. A Joe Crede line out and a Timo Perez walk left the bases loaded. Miguel Olivo then worked a walk to force in a run and give the Sox a lead. Kelly Dransfeldt proceeded to hit a grounder to the pitcher. But Nate Bump misplayed the ball and could not get an out. A second run scored and the Sox had a 7-5 lead! Shingo Takatsu entered to try to save the game. He did just that with a 1-2-3, 11 pitch inning to preserve the White Sox win!

The Sox will continue the series against the defending champs tomorrow at 6:05 CDT. Scott Schoeneweis is scheduled to start for the Sox against Carl Pavano for the Marlins.

Ozzieball Update:
 It's an attitude. And it worked for today. Rowand pinch hits and comes up with two hits to do his part in the rally.

submitted by Jjav829.

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