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West Coast winner!

May 7, at Los Angeles


How many Grinders did KW use today:
6
"Offense didn't look too stellar today, but the pitching was again spectacular.  Special props, however, will be given to Jermaine Dye for that sick slide into second when Figgins' throw clearly beat him.  Advancing to second on the fly out would have been more of a big deal if someone could have drove him in."

Short Take:  Early homers by Paul Konerko and Chris Widger all the support Freddy Garcia and bullpen needs in second straight win over Los Angeles.

While the national media is off talking about the Jeff Gordon's terrible rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and other such critically important news stories in baseball, Sox fans knew what a huge series this was for the team with the best record in the game.  There's no need to remind observant fans what a house of horros the West Coast has been for the White Sox recently (and if you don't remember... let's just say it's been bad).  Take a collective sigh of relief.  Paced by a stellar outing from Freddy Garcia the Sox snuck past the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4-2 Wednesday night to ensure, at worst a split in the 4-game set.

Paul Konerko gave Garcia all the support he needed in the first frame.  Pablo Ozuna got the start in left for Scott Podsednik and lead off.  Los Angeles' starter, Jarrod Washburn just grazed his arm with a pitch to open up the game and then allowed a single to Aaron Rowand one batter later.  Konerko then drove his 12th homer of the year into the left field bullpen to stake Garcia to a 3-run lead before he ever reached the mound.

After a 1-2-3 inning, Chris Widger, in for A.J. Pierzynski, added to that lead with a monster home run to deep center field.  The Angels again went down in order in the second, but finally got on the scoreboard in the 3rd. Jose Molina  reached on a bunt single to lead off the frame, Los Angeles' first hit of the game, but was forced on a ground ball to third by Orlando CabreraAdam Kennedy doubled to left field to plate Cabrera and cut the Sox's lead to 3.

Pretty much the rest of the story of the game was of the two pitchers, Garcia and Washburn.  Garcia was solid all game, pitching 8 innings, scattering 7 hits and allowing two runs while striking out 6 and walking none.  Washburn would pitch 6.1, only allowing those four runs on 7 hits and striking out three while issuing three free passes.

That's not to say the Sox didn't threaten at times.  In the fourth, Jermaine Dye walked.  Joe Crede flew out to deep left field and Dye tested the arm of Chone Figgins.  Though Figgins made an excellent throw, Dye put on a seminar on the headfirst slide (maybe Vladimir Guerrero was watching), eluding the tag of Adam Kennedy, pulling his left arm back and grabbing second base with the right.  Chris Widger then hit a bullet to third base that Dallas McPherson made a nice diving play to his right on.  However, the threat of Dye taking third caused the rookie third baseman to hesitate for just a second, allowing Widger to beat the throw to first by a step.  Juan Uribe and Ozuna could not find a clutch hit, flying out and hiting into a fielder's choice respectively.

In the 7th, Widger lead off with a single, but was caught stealing second.  Of course, Uribe found the stroke then, hammering a double and moving to third on a ground out to second by Ozuna.  That chased Jarrod Washburn in favor of Joel Peralta, who basically shut the Sox down the rest of the way.  He went 2.1 innings of perfect baseball, striking out 4 for good measure.

The Angels did make it a litte interesting in the late innings.  In the 8th, after getting two quick outs, Figgins reached on an infield single and would come around to score on a double by Darin Erstad.  Erstad moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch by Garcia in his sequence to Jeff DaVanon.  However, Garcia ended any threats of a rally, striking out DaVanon and giving a 2-run lead to his bullpen.  Damaso Marte came out to relief the righty first to face lefty Garret Anderson.  Anderson won that battle, leading off the inning with a single to center field, however was erased at second when Steve Finley grounded into a fielder's choice.  Bengie Molina pinch hit for McPherson, and Ozzie Guillen called upon his stellar closer, Dustin Hermanson to ensure the win.  It was just another day at the office for Dustin, getting Molina and Curtis Pride to fly out (deep, but still in the park) to end the game.

The win ensure the Sox a split in this West Coast series.  Jose Contreras and John Lackey take the bump for the respective teams tomorrow night in the finale of the 4-game set.  The game will be broadcast over Comcast Sports Net and will begin at 9:05 PM Central time.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update: 
Two homers account for all the offense.  No smallball tonight, but Freddy Garcia did carry the team to the win.


submitted by doublem23.

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Paul Konerko

Gave Garcia, Marte, and Hermanson all the run support they needed with his 3-run, first inning homer.

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