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The Offense Awakens!

June 18th at Montreal

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

"Le Magglio takes in a tour through downtown Montreal with Expos mascot, Youppi!."

Short Take:  Buehrle struggles, but the Sox offense picks him up with an offensive outburst.

Unable to get any help from the Expos in their games against the Twins, the White Sox went into Friday’s game in Montreal looking to gain some ground while facing the worst team in the majors. The Expos sent 2nd year pitcher Claudio Vargas to face a White Sox lineup absent not only Magglio Ordonez, but also Frank Thomas. Thomas stayed on the bench in favor of Paul Konerko. With Mark Buehrle on the mound, this figured to be an outing where Buehrle wouldn’t receive many runs in support. As it turned out, scoring wasn’t a problem for either team.

On Wednesday night Carlos Lee ended his team record 28 game hitting streak. But after two consecutive hitless games, El Caballo wasted no time in getting his first hit in a big way on Friday. After a Juan Uribe single, Lee swung at the first pitch he saw and deposited a 2-run homer over the left field wall. The Sox struck first, but the scoring was just starting. Jose Valentin doubled and stole third before Paul Konerko walked. Aaron Rowand allowed another run to plate by beating out a potential double play ball. The Sox looked to be in control with a 3-0 lead against one of the worst hitting teams in the majors, and with Mark Buehrle on the mound. But Buehrle was anything but an ace on this day.

Staked to a 3 run lead, Buehrle did anything but pitch well. He allowed back-to-back singles to start the game before a fielder’s choice. Two doubles and another fielder’s choice allowed the Expos to push across a total of 5 run before the 1st inning ended. However, the Sox wasted little time in fighting back to tie the game. Jamie Burke led off the 2nd with a double and moved over on Buehrle’s sacrifice bunt. Timo Perez drove Burke home and scored two batters later on a Carlos Lee double which tied the game. The game remained tied until the 4th. With 2 outs in the top of the 4th, Lee came up once again and singled. Jose Valentin tripled Lee home to give the Sox a one run lead. But as was typical in this game, the lead swung back the other way when Buehrle allowed a 2-run homer to Brad Wilkerson for a 7-6 Expos lead. But the pendulum that was this game swung back the opposite direction. Joe Crede, on base with a one out double, scored on a Jamie Burke single. Thankfully, the Sox would not allow the Expos to take another lead.

In the 8th inning, the Sox finally put the game away. Juan Uribe reached second when Carl Everett misplayed a line drive. Uribe scored the go ahead run on yet another Carlos Lee hit. The next batter up, Jose Valentin once again tripled to score Lee. The Sox plated 2 more runs to take an 11-7 lead. Neal Cotts, Mike Jackson, and Damaso Marte came out of the pen to hold the lead and nail down the 11-7 win.

After finally busting out offensively, the Sox may need their offense to click on all cylinders again on Saturday. The Sox will send their latest 5th starter to the mound. This time Arnie Munoz will make his major league debut against Tony Armas Jr. in a 6:05 CDT start.

Ozzieball Update:
 No Maggs? No Frank? No problem, tonight. The Sox score 11 runs on 18 hits as Ozzie's lineup looks brilliant.

submitted by Jjav829.

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