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Squeaking Out A Sweep!

April 24th at Kansas City


How many Grinders did KW use today:
3
"Grinders Perez and Gload both get starts and grinder of all trades Pablo Ozuna comes up huge in the clutch."

Short Take: Sox prevail in comedy of errors

Throughout every season, the Chicago White Sox always have to overcome something. Whether it's injuries to sluggers, local and national media bias, or what some cutesy folks would call curses, we're perpetual underdogs that nobody loves. Today the Sox overcame a slumbering offense, mediocre pitching and atrocious defense at the hot corner to walk away from Kaufman Stadium with a 4-3 win and their first three-game sweep of the season.

If you look up efficency in the dictionary, you sure as hell aren't going to see a picture of Orlando Hernandez next to the entry. El Duque worked five long and painful innings that were a potential recipe for disaster (six walks and four hits), but when you're facing a team as impotent as the Royals, that only translates into two runs. Ozzie Guillen yanked Hernandez after 111 pitches, trying to preserve the fragile Cuban for his next start. Cliff Politte, Neal Cotts, Luis Vizcaino only allowed one run between the three of them in their combined three innings of work, and Shinto Takatsu worked a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up the save.

Of course, El Duque's cause wasn't helped any by the White Sox terrible defense today. Timo Perez botched a Joe McEwing rip to right field that put the Kansas City third sacker on third to lead off the fifth inning and promptly scored on a Ruben Gotay single. Chris Widger gunned a ball meant to mow down a base stealer over Wee Willie Harris' head, and later in the same frame Harris would misplay a routine grounder that could have ended the inning but instead plated Gotay to tie the game.

Once again, the Sox offense scored when they needed to but hibernated in the cold Kansas City air for most of the game. Scott Podsednik did his job by getting on base to lead the game, and then worked his way around the diamond to score on a Ross Gload single. Willie Harris would also score in the first on a Timo Perez groundout to give the Sox the early 2-0 lead. But today's hero? Pablo Ozuna, who dribbled a double down the right field line to score Paul Konerko, who got his first hit of the series in his last at-bat. Joe Crede saw his hit streak snapped at 14 games.

The Sox head out to the Network Associates Mausoleum for a three-game set against the struggling A's. Jon Garland faces Barry Zito in the series opener, with first pitch scheduled for 9:05 CDT.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
 No steals, no sacrifices. Not exactly smartball, but hey, we won.


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