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Sweeping Away The Ghosts!

June 19th vs Los Angeles Dodgers


How many Grinders did KW use today:
2
"Harris gets a rare start and makes the most of it, while Ozuna shows some hustle entering the game late."

Short Take: More late inning heroics key Sox sweep

Forty-six years ago, the Chicago White Sox copped the AL pennant and advanced to the World Series against the LA Dodgers. Built on speed and pitching, the Go-Go Sox of 1959 were no match for the recently relocated Dodgers, and lost the World Series, leaving a bitter taste in the mouth of many of their loyal fans. Forty-six years later, many of those heartbroken fans who are still around made the trek to US Cellular Field for the final game of the Sox-Dodgers rematch, and went home happy as the Sox completed the 3-game sweep of the struggling Dodgers with a thrilling 4-3 win before 29,000 fans and a national TV audience.

The Sox sent Jose Contreras to the hill tonight, and fans were braced for a long night of slow methodical pitching from the get-go. But El Conde worked quickly and efficently, keeping the Dodgers off the board and for the most part off the bases in the early going. The Dodgers jumped ahead first in the third inning, as Jeff Kent and his oft-mocked porn star mustache drew a walk, followed by an Olmaedo Saenz double which moved him to third. Jayson Werth drove Kent home with an RBI single, and fans started fearing the inevitable big inning meltdown. But Contreras was able to induce Jason Grabowski (who has the perfect South Side name) to ground into a double play and end the inning.

Meanwhile, the Sox were just sleepwalking. Paul Konerko and Carl Everett got on base back-to-back against Jeff Weaver, but Jermaine Dye promptly grounded into a double play and took away the early threat. Weaver fanned the Sox in order in the next inning.

In the fifth, the Dodgers scored two runs on a Hee Sop Choi groundout and a J. D. Drew single to take a 3-0 lead. The Sox countered in the bottom of the frame when Jermaine Dye singled and Joe Crede one-hopped the left field fence for a ground rule double. But the rules of baseball say you can only take two bases, so Dye was forced to stop at third. The Sox failed to convert on this golden opportunity as Juan Uribe struck out for the second straight time. In the sixth, the Sox finally got into Weaver's fragile Goldilocks head and got on the board, keyed by sharp baserunning from Scott Podsednik and a well-hit ball from Willie Harris to make the score 3-2.

By now, the Sox bullpen had set to try to keep the game close, and did a magnificent job. Damaso Marte and Cliff Politte worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings, setting the Sox up for the big finish. And oh, did they get it! Frank Thomas pinch-hit for Uribe and drew a walk. Gimpy Frank was quickly replaced by speedy Pablo Ozuna, who moved to second when Podsednik laid down a perfect little nub-bunt and zipped safe into first base on a call that had Jeff Kent and Jim Treacy's blood pressure through the roof as they screamed and pouted that there was noooo way Podsednik was safe. Willie Harris sacrificed the runners into scoring position, and then Aaron Rowand ripped a 2-run single to left center which gave the Sox the lead. Fans were screaming for the knockout punch and some insurance runs, but failed to get it as Paul Konerko fanned and Rowand was caught stealing second.

Dustin Hermanson came on for the ninth, and was shaky but effective. Ozzie Guillen's annointed closer gave up a walk to start the inning, but that was erased on a simply gorgeous 1-4-3 double play off the bat of Phillips. Dodger backstop Mike Edwards singled (after hitting a loooooong fly that was foul by less than a foot), but Scott Podsednik chased down a popup outside the lines from Cesar Izturis to preserve the win.

The Kansas City Royals roll into town for a 3 game series at US Cellular starting tomorrow. With an achey Orlando Hernandez heading to the disabled list, Brandon McCarthy makes the trip up from Charlotte to get the start for the Sox Monday night against the always entertaining but seldom victorious Jose Lima.

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