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Deja vu!

May 31, vs. Los Angeles


How many Grinders did KW use today:
7
"Take away Paul Konerko's 0-4 nigh and the 1-7 hitters combine to 9-24 with 4 of the team's runs and RBIs (Joe Crede's solo shot the only one un accounted for). Cliff Politte outsstanding again, cleaing up Marte's mess."

Short Take: Solo home run in bottom of ninth lifts Sox to 2nd straight 5-4 walk-off win over Angels.

Sure the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim may have a heavenly nickname, but in their series at U.S. Cellular Field, all the late-game miracles have been turning up in the White Sox's favor. A day after defeating Los Angeles 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth, the Sox repeated the trick, this time winning on a solo blast by Jermaine Dye that just barely carried over the wall in left field.

Freddy Garcia got the nod for the White Sox and pitched well. The Angels did, however, draw first blood. Chone Figgins walked to lead off the game and stole second. He scored on a single by Darin Erstad and before Garcia could record an out, he found himself in a 1-0 hole. Garcia, however, would induce ground balls from both Steve Finley and an inning ending double play from Garret Anderson to minimize the damage.

The Sox offense, meanwhile, quickly went to work against Los Angeles' starter, John Lackey. Scott Podsednik opened the home half of the first frame with a single and scored on a triple by Tadahito Iguchi. Iguchi would then put the Sox up 2-1 when Aaron Rowand drove him home. The Sox, however, hit a bump after that. Of the next 10 batters, only two would reach base; Juan Uribe with a soft, 2-out single to center in the 2nd and Rowand, with a single in the 3rd (but he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double).

Garcia, meanwhile was cruising until Steve Finley lead off 4th inning with a double to deep center field. He moved to third on an infield single by Garret Anderson, and the Angels had runners at the corners with no outs. Freddy, however, tightened up his game, getting Dallas McPherson to fly out before allowing an RBI single to Benji Molina to plate the tying run. However, considering the circumstances, it was a success for the Sox hurler, as Casey Kotchman's ground out to first moved both runners into scoring position, but were stranded there when Garcia fanned Orlando Cabrera.

The Sox regained a 1-run lead in the bottom half of the frame when A.J. Pierzynski hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Carl Everett. Joe Crede stretched the lead to 2 in the 5th with a solo home run. Entering the sixth, Garcia had retired 5 batters in a row and opened the frame by striking out Finley. Garret Anderson, however, connected on a solo blast that drew the Angels back to within one. That would also be Freddy's last pitch of the game, as he left with what has been described as hamstring soreness. He is not expected to miss any further action, however. Neal Cotts relieved Garcia effectively for 1.2 innings, only allowing a walk to Cabrera in the 7th.

Damaso Marte, however, came in to work the 8th for the Sox and hopefully get the game to closer Dustin Hermanson. However, for the second straight day, Marte would struggle with the Angels. Erstad lead off the inning with a double and was moved to third on a ground out by Steve Finely. Garret Anderson then singled to left to tie the game at 4. Dallas McPherson moved Anderson up 90 feet with a single of his own to center before Ozzie went out to pull the struggling lefty. Cliff Politte needed only one batter to end the frame, however, enducing a double play out of the slow-footed Molina.

Brad Donnelly relieved Lackey in the 8th and set the Sox down 1-2-3. Politte returned the favor to Anahiem. In the bottom of the 9th, Jermaine Dye lead off and after watching a ball and strike, took an inside pitch from Donnelly and planted the game winner over the wall. For the second straight day, the Sox would celebrate at home plate while the Angels would be forced to make the long walk from the field to the clubhouse.

The win, coupled with Minnesota's loss to Cleveland, gives the Pale Hose a 5-game lead in the division. The last time the White Sox ever held such a large lead in the standings on the final day of May came on May 31, 1919, when the Sox's 5-2 win over Cleveland pushed their lead to 5 games over the Indians. Since then, the Sox have been in sole possesion of first place on this date only 6 other times; 1951, 1957, 1964, 1973, 2000, and 2004. Yes, this really is that significant.

With the series win already sewn up, the Sox will go for the jugular tomorrow (do Angels have veins?) when Jose Contreras takes the bump against Paul Byrd. Game time is 6:05 PM Central time and the game will be aired locally on Comcast Sports Net and nationally on ESPN2.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Not that much smallball, 2 runs accounted for by homers, 2 more by Iguchi's triple in the first, the lone "manufactured" run, I guess, would be A.J.'s sac fly. Still, clutch hitting is the key to the Sox's 35th win of the year.


submitted by doublem23.

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Jermaine Dye

Pretty self-explanatory. As if 2-3 with a walk wasn't good enough, the second hit was the game winning homerun.

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