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Jumpin' the Jays!

May 7, at Toronto

How many Grinders did KW use today:
"1-8 hitters for the Sox all have a hit and 1-7 all score a run.  I guess its hard to "grind out" a 5-homer win, but who cares?  We'll take 'em no matter what shape they come in."

Short Take:  Paul Konerko busts out of his slump, Scott Podsednik runs wild, and Sox offense feasts on Ted Lilly and Blue Jay bullpen to the tune of 5 homers and 10 runs to pick up Jon Garland for 10-7 win.

After enduring an agonizing 0-for-ridiculous slump, Paul Konerko pulled himself out of it yesterday.  That slump was aided by the fact that Paulie couldn't buy a hit in many situations, and any astute Sox fan knew that in at least a handful of those zeroes were rockets he hit right at someone.  After breaking his slump Friday, Konerko ensured he wouldn't start another gut-wrenching slump Saturday by hitting two home runs off Toronto pitching and helping the White Sox offense pick up starter Jon Garland after a so-so start in their 10-7 win north of the border.

Lost in the fireworks of the longball was the absolute delight it was to watch Scott Podsednik reak havoc on the basepaths for Toronto pitching and catcher Gregg Zaun. After singling to lead off the game, Blue Jays starter Ted Lilly literally had Podsednik picked off first.  Instead of diving back for the bag, Scott bolted for second and was able to beat the throw of first baseman Eric Hinske to record his first of four stolen bases on the day.  Podsednik would be moved to third on a ground out to the right side of the infield by Carl Everett and then strolled home on Konerko's first homer of the game, a laser beam over the left field wall to give the Sox a 2-0 lead.

Toronto cut into half the Sox's lead in their half of the first.  A 1-out walk to Frank Catalanotto and then double by Corey Koskie put men at first and second with and out.  Garland, however, was able to minimize the damage, getting a ground out from Shea Hillenbrand (that scored Catalanotto) and then a fly out from Hinske, to turn the ball back over to his offense.  The "O" picked up by Jon, scoring 4 runs in the 2nd.  After Jermaine Dye lead off with a single, he trotted home on a longball by Juan Uribe.  Two outs later, Podsednik walked and promptly stole second.  Zaun's errant throw ended in center field, allowing Scott to take third, but it would be no matter as Tadahito Iguchi brought him in with a home run.  After Carl Everett singled, Matt Whiteside came in to pitch for Lilly, who managed just 1.2 innings allowing 6 runs on 6 hits and ballooning his season ERA to 9.35.  He has also now allowed 7 home runs in 26 innings of work.

Garland coasted the rest of the game on "effective," if not dazzling.  Though clearly his worst start of the year, Jon was able to hold the Blue Jays off most of the contest.  He allowed an RBI single to Corey Koskie in the bottom of the third to cut the Sox lead to 6-4, but again his offense would keep pulling away from Toronto.  In the fourth, Podsednik lead off with a walk and stole second.  After Tadahito fouled out, left-handed Carl Everett strolled to the plate and Podsednik swiped third.  With a left-handed batter at the plate.  Sorry if you missed the game folks, you really missed something special and something that has not been seen in White Sox greys in a long time.  After Whiteside issued a walk to Everett, he then served up Paul Konerko's 2nd homer of the day, a 3-run blast that was immediately followed by a solo home run from Aaron Rowand.  10-2 White Sox and this one was officially in the books.

Toronto did make a bit of a comeback.  They managed 4 hits and 3 runs in the 5th to cut the lead to 5.  After a solo home run by Russ Adams in the 6th, Ozzie Guillen had seen enough of Garland for the day, pulling the starter in favor of Neal Cotts.  In all, his line looks worse than his performance.  5.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, and 2 Ks.  Cotts was fine and Luis Vizcaino allowed another solo shot to Russ Adams, but it was too little too late for the Jays, as the Sox picked up their second win of the series, seventh in a row, and league-leading 23rd of the season.

Tomorrow afternoon, the White Sox go for the sweep as Mark Buehrle faces off with Gustavo Chacin, who has been quietly effective for Toronto, posting a 2.48 ERA in 50 innings over 6 starts.  Game time is 12:07 PM and it will be broadcast over Comcast Sports Net.

Ozzieball Update: 
Ozzieball takes a day off, except for Scott Podsednik who scorched Toronto for 4 stolen bases in as many attempts.  Nice to see some homers, though.  Let's get the big "O" machine rolling.

submitted by doublem23.

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