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Saving the Best for Last

April 6 v. Cleveland


How many Grinders did KW use today:
6
"Quality start for Garcia in his first outing of the season. Everett and Rowand with key base hits in the 9th to get things going and keep them going. Clutch bombs by Konerko and Dye to even the score, and Uribe with the game winning sac fly."

Short Take:Solid performance by Freddy Garcia in his first outing of the year to keep the game close, allowing the Sox to pull out a spectacular come from behind win in the bottom of the 9th.

The White Sox bats finally arose from their early spring slumber, just in the nick of time to pull out a 4-3 comeback win over the Indians this afternoon at US Cellular Field. Freddy Garcia was shaky early, loading the bases in the first inning with a pair of walks and a base hit. He was able to get out of that jam unscathed, but was touched up for a run in the second inning. Grady Sizemore scored the first run of the contest after he singled with one out in the inning. He stole second base and scored on a Ronnie Belliard double. The Indians scored again in the 3rd, when Victor Martinez drew a one-out walk which was followed by a Ben Broussard double. With men on second and third and one out, Garcia struck out Aaron Boone looking. The next batter, Casey Blake, would strike out swinging. But not before a balk call was issued to Garcia, bringing home Martinez and giving the Indians a 2-0 lead. Garcia settled in after that inning and kept the Tribe hitters at bay, only allowing two more hitsthrough the 6th inning.

Meanwhile, the White Sox were unable to generate much offense off of Garcia's counterpart, Kevin Millwood. Newcomer Tadahito Iguchi walked and stole his first base of the season in the bottom of the 1st, but was left stranded at second when Paul Konerko struck out swinging. Konerko would make up for this later. Another new face this year, A.J. Pierzynski, would hit a two-out double in the bottom of the second inning, but again the Sox failed to get on the board. The Sox never really threatened to score again until the bottom of the 6th when Iguchi hit a two-out double and Carl Everett walked. Once again, the Sox failed to get anyone across when Konerko fouled out to end the inning. Millwood threw 6 shutout innings today, but ultimately he would not figure in the decision.

The Sox bullpen did a fair job of keeping the game close. Neal Cotts pitched a scoreless 7th inning, and was relieved by Luis Vizcaino, who was making his regular-season White Sox debut. Vizcaino pitched a scoreless 8th, but was credited with an earned run in the 9th inning. After allowing a leadoff single to Belliard, Vizcaino got Coco Crisp to pop up a bunt attempt for the first out of the inning. Damaso Marte would enter the game to face Alex Cora. Cora struck out, but Belliard was able to steal second base and score on a two-out double by Travis Hafner to give the Indians a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the 9th for their closer, Bob Wickman.

Wickman turned out to be the cure for the Sox anemic offensive attack. Everett led off the festivities with a single to start the rally. Konerko, who had already stranded three runners, made amends with a two-run homer off Wickman to cut the margin to 3-2. The next batter, Jermaine Dye, delivered his first home run in a White Sox uniform. The blast tied the score at 3, and there were still no outs in the frame. Aaron Rowand kept the hit parade going with a double to deep centerfield. Wickman would then give Pierzynski a free pass to get to Joe Crede, who is still hitless so far in this young season. Willie Harris would pinch-hit for Crede, laying down a sacrifice bunt. Wickman misplayed the ball, and everyone was safe. Juan Uribe would finish off the game with a sacrifice fly, plating Rowand and giving the Sox a 4-3 victory.

With the win, the Sox up their record to 2-0 on the year, and currently stand alone atop the AL Central standings. The Sox will go for the sweep of the opening series tomorrow afternoon as Jose Contreras faces off against Cliff Lee. Gametime is 1:05 pm CDT.

WSI's
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First stolen base of the season by Iguchi fails to yield a run. After back to back home runs tied the game, Sox manufactured the game-winner with a double, sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly.


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