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Party Like it's 1959

May 7, vs. Los Angeles

How many Grinders did KW use today:
"Not too much to be proud of tonight, sans the 9th.  Minus a horrid first inning Freddy was dynomite, and minus the first 8 innings, the Sox offense keeps the good times rolling."

Short Take:  Garcia struggles early, Sox offense dead for 26 outs, until erupting for miraculous, 2-out, 9th-inning rally en route to 5-3 win over Dodgers.

Maybe Saturday's win over Los Angeles wasn't the best game of the season.  But it was the best win.  Honoring the 1959 American League Champions, Chicago's last appearance in the Fall Classic, with throwback jerseys and a retro television broadcast on WGN, the White Sox offense was medically dead for the first 26 outs of the game, managing just 3 hits and a solitary run against the formidable pitching duo of Elmer Dressens, Duaner Sanchez, and Yhency Brazoban.

Starter Freddy Garcia put the Sox in an early hole.  After walking lead-off man Antonio Perez on 4 pitches, Garcia struggled to induce outs from Jason Werth and J.D. Drew.  But, even with his control problems in the first inning, Freddy stood one pitch away from retiring Jeff Kent and ending the Dodgers' first inning.  It wasn't to be, as he laid a cookie, a hanging curveball, dead center over the plate that Kent crushed at least 5 rows behind the Sox bullpen in right field to put Los Angeles up 2-0.  The thrills didn't stop there, as Garcia issued three more free passes in the inning, to Hee Seop Choi, Jason Phillips, and Jason Grabowski before finally getting Mike Edwards to pop up to A.J. Pierzynski and end the inning with minimal damage.

The Sox, meanwhile, could not find a rhythm against Dressens, as he retired the first 6 batters he faced.  In the third, still trailing, 2-0, A.J. Pierzynski lead off the inning by reaching on an error by Kent.  He would move to third on a single by Joe Crede and score a batter later on a ground out by Juan Uribe.  However, it appeared this would be the lone offensive highlight for the Pale Hose, as Dressens retired the next two batters, Scott Podsednik and Tadahito Iguchi and then faced only one batter of the minimum the rest of the way (Joe Crede was stranded on first after a 2-out single in the 5th).

However, Freddy settled down and began making pitches when he needed to.  In the fourth, with the bases loaded and only one out, Garcia got Antonio Perez to foul out to Paul Konerko and Jason Werth to ground into a fielder's choice to Crede.  Though still down a run, Garcia maed sure the Sox stayed in striking distances and that a significant storyline for the game would be the Dodgers' missed opprotunities.  After shutting down Los Angeles in the fourth, Garcia cruised through the next three innings, only allowing 1 single, a 2-out hit to Werth in the 7th.

However, in the 8th, and stil trailing 2-1, it looked like Los Angeles may have put the game out of reach.  Jason Kent lead off the inning with a double and moved to third on a ground out by Hee Seop Choi.  Though Garcia did retire Jason Phillips and Jason Grabowski to end the inning, he did throw his third wild pitch of the night, allowing Kent to score a very important insurance run for the Dodgers.

Facing Sanchez, the Sox offense faired little better.  They went down 1-2-3 in the 7th and only Juan Uribe was able to squeak out a single in the 8th, and was promptly stranded at first.  Cliff Politte relieved Garcia for the 9th, after Freddy allowed just three runs on 6 hits in his 8 innings of work, but he did allow 6 walks.

Still uo 3-1, the Dodgers called on Yhency Brazoban, closer by default with Eric Gagne back on the disabled list to shut down the lifeless Sox in the 9th, and, although he issued a lead-off walk to Iguchi, Brazoban was able to get a ground out from Frank Thomas (that did move Tadahito to 2nd) and a fly out by Konerko.  With only one out left and trailing by 2 runs, the magic happened.  Carl Everett singled to right, to score Iguchi and cut the lead to 1.  Willie Harris (yes, he's still on the team) ran for Everett and stole 2nd base.  After running the count to 3-2, Aaron Rowand bounced a grounder over Brazoban's head and between short and second base to plate Harris and knot the score at 3.  A.J. Pierzynski followed, mired in a dreadful slump, and ran the count to 3-2.  He fouled off an offering, just out of the reach of Choi at the Los Angeles dugout, before drilling another pay-off pitch three rows deep in left-center field to cap the miraculous comeabck.  After 8 2/3, the Sox had managed to score 1 run.  Before giving up that final run, they plated 4.  The huge crowd on hand went ballistic as the entire team, dressed to kill in throwback 1959 jerseys swarmed Pierzynski at the plate.  It was a moment that defines a season.  It was a moment that will live forever in the lore of the Chicago White Sox.

With the win and a 7-2 Twins loss to San Diego, the Sox are now 6 1/2 games up on Minnesota.  The "never-say-die" White Sox will go for the 3-game sweep of the Dodgers tomorrow at U.S. Cellular Field, when Jose Contreras goes for his 4th win against Jeff Weaver.  Game time is 7:05 PM Chicago time and the game will be televised on ESPN for Sunday Night Baseball.

Ozzieball Update: 
Lost in the euphoria that was tonight's 9th inning was the complete impotence displayed by the Sox offense.  Let's hope that was snapped by the 9th-inning rally.

submitted by doublem23.

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