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An Ozzie kind of win

April 13, at Cleveland

How many Grinders did KW use today:
"Everybody's a grinder today, as White Sox's Ozzieball machine keeps rolling. Even those who didn't look too hot in box score, helped out in many ways; Paul Konerko hitting to the right side of the feild, Jermaine Dye with an RBI, and Juan Uribe drives home winning run on a sac fly in the 10th."

Short Take:  Short recap statement goes here

When Ozzie Guillen addressed the media for the first time as White Sox manager before the 2004 season, he stressed that the team would learn to play his style of baseball. But no one could have predicted that the White Sox would learn to play Ozzieball so well so quickly. Yes, the Sox win again, tonight, by a 5-4 count in 10 innings.

After Pablo Ozuna, Tadahito Iguchi, and Carl Everett went down 1-2-3 to open the game against Indian starter Cliff Lee, Jose Contreras took the mound for his 2nd start of the young season and was not sharp. He walked Coco Crisp to lead off the game, and then allowed him to steal second, which would become a moot point anyway, as he then walked Travis Hafner. Grady Sizemore moved Crisp to third on a ground out to short before a ball got passed A.J. Pierzynski to score the Indians first run. After another 1-2-3 Sox frame, Contreras continued to have control issues, again dealing a lead-off walk, this time to Aaron Boone who moved to second on a sacrifice by Ronnie Belliard. After getting Ryan Ludwig to strike out, it looked like Jose would keep the Sox within a run, but back-to-back hits by Jhonny Peralta and Coco Crisp put Cleveland up 3-0. After the 3rd straight 1-2-3 inning the the sluggish offense, it looked like it would be a long night for the Pale Hose.

In the third, the Sox were able to put it together. Pablo Ozuna led off the inning with a bunt single. Iguchi then singled to right to put runners at the corners for Carl Everett who rolled a slow grounder back to Lee. A throwing error would not only keep the inning out-free, it moved Iguchi and Everett to second and third. Though Paul Konerko popped out trying to move the runners, Jermaine Dye brought home Iguchi on a ground out to the right side of the infield. Aaron Rowand came up with a clutch single to left to score Everett and knot the game at 3.

After two rough innings, Jose Contreras began to find the handle on the mound, as well, only allowing three more hits and another walk the rest of the way. In the bottom of the 7th, he allowed a solo home run to Grady Sizemore before being pulled in favor of Damaso Marte. Though he pitched well enough to win, he left in a 4-4 tie having thrown 6.2 innings, allowing 5 hits, 4 runs, all earned, and three strike outs with 5 pesky walks.

After Marte recorded the final out of the 7th and first 2 of the 8th he was relieved by Luis Vizcaino, who had not pitched since he picked up the loss last Friday at U.S. Cellular Field against these same Indians. Tonight, Luis was perfect, retiring all four Indians he faced easily and taking the game into extras. In the 10th, still tied at 4, Bob Howry relieved Bob Wickman and promptly allowed a double to deep center field from A.J. Pierzynski. Joe Crede moved him to third, grounding out to first and Juan Uribe brought him home on a sacrifice fly to center. It proved to be the winning run as Dustin Hermanson closed out the game in the 10th, allowing a harmless double to Hafner.

With the win, the Sox are now 6-2 and have won their third series of the early season. After winning the first two games in their first two seasons, they look to finally get a sweep, as the same two teams wrap up this series tomorrow night. Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez goes for the Sox against Scott Elarton. Game time is 6:05 PM Chicago time and the game will be on Comcast Sports Net.

Ozzieball Update:
Everything worked today; the sacrifices, bunts, and hustle add up to win as Cleveland's streaky offense can't keep up.

submitted by doublem23.

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Though he went 0-3 today to drop his batting average to .130, he got the job done with the game on the line, driving home winning run in 10th inning.

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