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No Doubting Thomas

July 5 v. Tampa


How many Grinders did KW use today:
7
"All of the offensive starters contributed to the scoring except for Konerko."

Short Take: More late-inning heroics as Thomas delivers game-winning blow in bottom of 8th.

The White Sox came from behind in impressive fashion once again, clawing back from a 4-2 defecit to pull out a 6-4 win. Starter Freddy Garcia gave up 4 runs in 7 innings of work, and did not figure in the decision. Frank Thomas was the story of the game, as he delivered a towering 3-run homer in the bottom of the 8th to turn a one-run defecit into a two-run lead going into the 9th.

The Devil Rays got on the board quickly. Carl Crawford led off the game with a home run off Garcia to put the Rays on top 1-0. Streaking Jermaine Dye tied the score in the bottom of the second with his 19th home run of the season. Dye has now homered in 3 consecutive games.

In the third inning, Garcia struck out Jorge Cantu for his 1,000th career strikeout. Garcia had 4 K's on the evening. The Rays took the lead back in the 4th off Garcia thanks to a two-out single by Nick Green to score Aubrey Huff. Garcia's counterpart, Mark Hendrickson, retired 8 in a row following Dye's home run until Dye led off the 5th inning with a double. Juan Uribe would bring Dye home to tie the game at 2 with an infield single that Cantu couldn't field cleanly at third. Tampa took the lead back in the 6th, adding two runs on two hits to put them up 4-2.

The score remained 4-2 until the bottom of the 7th. With Aaron Rowand on second with two outs, A.J. Pierzynski singled him to third. Pablo Ozuna, who started the game at 3rd in place of Joe Crede, brought Rowand home with the Sox' 3rd run of the night with a single up the middle to end Hendrickson's night. Neal Cotts and Cliff Politte combined to pitch a perfect 8th inning, setting the stage for another comeback win. Scott Podsednik led off the inning with a double over the head of Carl Crawford in left field. Tadahito Iguchi then singled to the opposite field in right, but Podsednik had to hold at third on the play. With runners on the corners, Thomas strolled to the plate. Thomas ripped a 1-0 offering from Lance Carter deep into the seats in left field, a mammoth blast that put the Sox on top 6-4. Closer/All-Star snub Dustin Hermanson came on to pitch a perfect 1-2-3 9th inning for his 21st save of the season.

82 games into the season, the Sox raise their record to an improbable 56-26, 30 games over the .500 mark for the mathematically challenged. They will look to sweep the Rays tomorrow evening behind Jose Contreras (3-5, 4.34). Casey Fossum (3-6, 4.04) goes for Tampa. Gametime is 7:05 pm CDT from U.S. Cellular Field.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Clutch two-out hitting in the 5th and 7th innings lead to runs; Podsednik and Iguchi set the table for Thomas to be the hero.


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