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Bring Out the Dustpans: Sox Sweep Toons!

July 17 at Cleveland Indians

How many Grinders did KW use today:
"Podesdnik, Iguchi, Dye, and Pierzynski get the Sox rolling ofensively, while Rowand gets a couple of hits and Garland nails down the Tribe."

Short Take: Scott Podsednik, AJ Pierzynski, and Tadahito Iguchi provide all the needed offense, while Jon Garland continues his dominance on the mound, already reaching the 14-win plateau!

Brooms have been the best-selling product in hardware stores on the south side of Chicago this season. Sox fans already had one short broom (two-game sweep) and eight medium-sized brooms (three-game sweeps) in their storage closet before this weekend in Cleveland in pursuit of the biggest broom (a four-game sweep) to add to their stash. Such a task hadn't happened in Cleveland for our Palehose since 1963, the first season in the great Hawk Harrelson's major league career! With three games already in their back pockets, our beloved White Sox had a sunny horizon in the foreground, as All Star (and second best pitcher in the AL behind teammate Mark Buehrle) Jon Garland was set to take the mound to improve to a major league-leading 14 wins this season.

A common theme for the Sox this season whenever they face the Cleveland Indians has been that they've jumped on them very early in the game and relentlessly forced the Indians to succumb to their greatness. This was clearly the case this afternoon, as the Sox scored a first-inning run once again.

All Star Scott Podsednik led off the game with a double and was sacrificed over to third by Tadahito Iguchi, who is among the AL's best in productive outs. Though Frank Thomas hit an infield grounder, Podesnik was still able to score due to his tornado-like speed. Most players would not have been able to score on that play; however, because of Podsednik's smart positioning on the baselines, he continues to do the improbable on the diamond. Garland pitched a more-than-decent first inning, disallowing any runs to cross the plate, and the Sox had a 1-0 lead at the end of the first frame.

Once again, the Sox jumped on Cleveland starter Scott Elarton in the second inning, as Jermaine Dye, who has been seeing pitches a lot better the past month, singled with one out. AJ Pierzynski followed by hitting his career-high 12th home run of the season just before a 37-minute rain delay. After the delay ended, no more runs were able to cross the plate in the inning. Garland retired Cleveland in order, and the Sox led 3-0 after the second inning concluded.

Iguchi closed the scoring in the fourth inning, as he hit a towering fly deep to left-center that went at least seven or eight rows up into the stands. In the bottom of the frame, Cleveland had runners on first and third with nobody out (Casey Blake and Ben Broussard). We have talked about the Sox' opportune hitting majorly this season; but, we should also focus on the opportune pitching this team gets as well. After striking out Jhonny Peralta, Garland induced an inning-ending twin-killer to Ronnie Belliard. Garland was able to get out of a major jam without surrendering so much as one run. The Sox led 4-0 after four innings of play.

The rest of the game materialized as neither team scored from the fifth inning on. After Garland's outing completed, Neal Cotts and Cliff Politte came in and solidly did their jobs, frusterating Cleveland hitters much like their starter throughout the game.

And so, the Chicago White Sox improved to a major league best 61-29 with a 4-0 blanking of the Cleveland Indians on this fine Sunday afternoon in mid-July. They indeed completed a four-game sweep to start off the second half of the season on the right foot, and now have a 10-3 season series record against the Tribe. Coupled with the Minnesota Twins' loss to the California Angels, the Sox now hold a 12-game lead in the American League Central Division and have reduced their divisional clinching magic number to 61.

Things are looking so good, Sox fans! The Sox return home now for a seven-game homestand, which appears to be all but completely sold out. If you're able to get a ticket to any of the games, consider yourself fortunate, because this team is so awesome that people are really starting to take notice of them. If you can't make it to the game tomorrow, don't fret! Just tune in to WCIU to watch El Duque's return from the DL, as well as Magglio Ordonez' return to Chicago, as the Sox put their 7-1 record against Detroit on the line. Gametime is the usual 7:05 pm.

Ozzieball Update:
Scott Podesdnik scored on an infield grounder, which not just anyone would score on in the 1st inning, while recording a bunt hit and his 48th stolen base in the 5th inning. Podsednik is the essence of Ozzie's "Smart Ball" tactics.

submitted by chisoxfanatic.

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6 IP, 0 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 2 K. Just giving more reasons as to why he should be considered as a Cy Young candidate this October.

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