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Sixth Inning Saves Sox

May 7, at Toronto

How many Grinders did KW use today:
"The starting nine do their job and do it well.  After sleepwalking through the first half of the game, the big bats wake up and simply pound out a win over Arizona."

Short Take:  Diamondbacks rough up Jon Garland, but Sox score score 10 runs in sixth inning en route to monster, 12-6 win.

After dropping the first two games of their series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the White Sox asked starter Jon Garland to do what he's done all year; win.  Instead, the offense would come to his rescue tonight, exploding for their biggest inning of the year, a 3-homer, 10-run sixth inning en route to a 12-6 win.

The Sox did draw first blood off Arizona starter Russ Ortiz.  In the 2nd, Jermaine Dye hit a 2-out solo home run to left field, however, for the first few innings of the game, Ortiz looked invincible thanks to some nice pitching and a liberal interpretation of the strike zone by umpire Bruce Dreckman.  Garland, meanwhile, cruised through the first two innings, but hit a bump in the road in the 3rd, when Chad Tracy homered to tie the game at 1.  The wheels totally fell off for Jon, however, in the 5th.  With the score still knotted at a run apiece, and neither team looking particularly anxious to mess with the status quo, Kelly Stinnett opened up the frame with a homer.  Royce Clayton walked and moved to second on a single by Craig Counsell.  The pair moved into scoring position on a ground out by Tracy, and Clayton scored when Luis Gonzalez grounded out to Tadahito Iguchi.  With two outs, and still only minimal damage done, Garland then walked Troy Glaus before serving up his third dinger of the night to Tony Clark.  6-1 Diamondbacks.

So it looked like the same old familiar storyline for Jon tonight.  Worked well, just got nipped by the big inning.  With the Sox compeletly scuffling and Ortiz getting calls inches off either corner, it looked like a 3-game sweep was in the bags for the Snakes.

But not so fast.

Joe Crede brought the Sox within 4 in the 5th, when he doubled and scored on a error by Glaus, but it was the sixth inning that anyone will want to talk about.  It started innocently enough with a ground out by Tadahito.  Frank Thomas then went down and drilled a ball into the White Sox bullpen to cut the deficit to 3.  Ortiz the began to implode, struggling to find the strike zone.  He walked Paul Konerko and served up a single to Aaron Rowand.  Jermaine Dye then singled on a 3-1 offering, scoring Konerko and cutting Arizona's lead to 2.  A.J. Pierzynski then pounded a pitch into the ground to shortstop, where Royce Clayton, defensive wizard, made a nice, back-handed sliding grab.  However, in consevring his greatness, he rushed the throw to second (obviously to get the speedy Dye) or he just forgot he hasn't played for the Sox since 2003, because his peg nearly drilled Jermaine, which would be nowhere near Craig Counsell.  The ball stopped rolling in shallow center field, and by that time Aaron had come around to score and Dye and Pierzynski stood at 2nd and 3rd for Joe Crede.  Ortiz again, induced the ground ball, which got past the pulled in Glaus, to Clayton.  Jermaine Dye didn't break immediately for the plate, but hesitantly did so after the ball squirted past the third baseman.  However, he stopped, like a deer caught in headlights, and was a certified dead man walking, about 15 feet down the third base line.  Clayton, however, again displaying his defensive prowess, was stuck in state of utter confusion, looking back and forth at Dye and first base, and ultimately was not able to make a decision where to go with the throw, allowing Jermaine to score the tying run and Crede to leg it out to first base.

While that should already be enough for any Sox fan, it just kept getting better.  After looking utterly foolish on two strikes by Russ Ortiz, Juan Uribe lofted a 2-2 curveball just over the left field wall for a 3-run bomb that put the Pale Hose up 9-6 and officially chased Ortiz from the game.  His replacement, Claudio Vargas, would do no better.  Though he did get Scott Podsednik to ground out to him for the 2nd out of the inning, the Sox put together a nice 2-out rally, starting with Tadahito Iguchi, who's line drive dove just under the glove of sliding Luis Gonzalez.  By the time the ball rolled to the wall and Jose Cruz, Jr. was able to get it back in, Iguchi had himself a triple.  Frank Thomas then had a real nice at bat, fighting off several pitches from Vargas before drawing a walk, where Paul Konerko would jack the third homer of the inning, a towering blast at least 5 rows behind the bullpen in left field for a 12-6 lead.

Though Garland would not return to action, he did pick up the win.  Neal Cotts and Cliff Politte, two of the most dependable arms in the bullpen worked a near flawless combined 3 innings.  The win, coupled with Minnesota's 8-4 loss to San Francisco, opens up a 5 game lead in the division for the White Sox, the largest division lead in the American League and second in all of baseball only to St. Louis' 6 1/2 lead in the N.L. Central.  The Sox will be off tomorrow, but hopefully the bats stay hot as the Los Angeles Dodgers come to the South Side for the first time since 1959.  Mark Buehrle gets the nod for the Sox and will be opposed by D.J. Houlton.  The game will be aired on Comcast Sports Net and will begin at 7:05

Ozzieball Update: 
Way to take advantage of the errors!  Two official errors (you don't get an error if you don't throw the ball anywhere, Royce!  Way to pad that defensive percentage!) lead to nearly every run tonight.  Not much to complain about after an inning like that.

submitted by doublem23.

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Paul Konerko

Lot of candidates tonight; Uribe, Dye, Clayton... Er.  2-4 with a BB and a door-slamming, two-out monster homer to cap off the 6th.

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