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Better Late than Never

May 21 at Cubs

How many Grinders did KW use today:
"Contreras kept Sox in the game until the offense was able to break through. Podsednik, Konerko and Everett were key to the 4-run 8th."

Short Take:Contreras and Zambrano duel for 7 innings, but Sox offense comes alive late to power a 5-3 victory.

The White Sox bats were silent for 7 innings today, but they came to life at just the right time as the Sox defeated the Cubs for the second day in a row. Sox starter Jose Contreras was locked in a pitcher's duel with current Cub ace and headcase Carlos Zambrano. Contreras was stellar, allowing only one run and four hits in 7 innings. He was overshadowed by Zambrano, who held the Sox hitless for 5.2 innings and allowed only one hit in his 7 innings pitched.

Thankfully, Zambrano departed after the 7th, and the Sox were able to feast on the Cubs bullpen fodder to make Contreras a well-deserved winner. The Sox did manage two baserunners in the first inning thanks to two walks by Zambrano. One of those was erased when Scott Podsednik was picked off first base. The Sox would not get another baserunner until the 4th inning, when Aaron Rowand was hit by a pitch. With two outs in the same inning, Zambrano would plunk AJ Pierzynski and both benches would be warned. The Sox still couldn't manage a hit and the game remained scoreless until the bottom of the 4th. The Cubs pushed across the game's first run on a Jeromy Burnitz single with two outs to score Neifi Perez, who earlier in the inning singled and stole second. Zambrano would strike out the side in the 5th, mixing in a walk to Contreras. Contreras kept the score at 1-0 until the Sox headed to bat in the top of the 8th.

Michael Wuertz came on to start the 8th in relief of Zambrano, and this move proved to open the floodgates for the Sox offense. With one out in the inning, Podsednik singled and stole second base. After Willie Harris grounded out, Rowand stepped to the plate with two outs and the tying run on second. Rowand hit a grounder deep in the hole at short, and he was able to beat out an infield single to keep the inning alive. The key play of the game was next, off the bat of Konerko. He hit a looping liner to center, and Cubs CF Corey Patterson appeared as if he was going to make a diving catch to end the inning. Patterson got leather on the ball, but it turned out to be the back side of his glove because he closed it prematurely. The ball bounced off his glove and into left centerfield for a single, scoring both Podsednik and Rowand to put the Sox on top 2-1. They weren't done, either. The next batter, Pierzynski, singled. Carl Everett then delivered a big two-run double to the right centerfield gap, giving the Sox a 4-1 lead to take into the bottom of the 8th. Cliff Politte came on in relief of Contreras to start the inning, and this was one of the few times this season he was not effective. Politte allowed two runs on three hits in 0.2 of an inning, before he was relieved by Damaso Marte. Marte didn't end up having to retire a batter, as he was able to pick off Derek Lee to end the inning with the Sox still on top 4-3. Jermaine Dye provided an insurance run with a solo homer in the 9th, and closer Dustin Hermanson pitched a scoreless 9th to pick up his 10th save of the year.

With the win, the Sox ensured themselves a series victory and raised their record to an incredible 31-12, or 19 games over .500 for the mathematically challenged. They will go for the sweep tomorrow behind phenom Brandon McCarthy, who will be making his Major League debut. McCarthy is taking the place of Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, who is being placed on the DL retroactive to Monday for a sore shoulder. McCarthy will be up against Mark Prior (3-1, 2.93) in what should be another interesting pitching matchup. Gametime is 1:20 CDT at Wrigley.

Ozzieball Update:
Podsednik stole his 26th base to help spark 4-run rally; he was also picked off once.

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