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Sweep Salvation

August 4 v. Toronto

How many Grinders did KW use today:
"Iguchi and Rowand provided the bulk of the offense, and Konerko contributed with an RBI."

Short Take:Sox squander 4 run lead, avert sweep thanks to late inning heroics by Tadahito Iguchi to win 5-4.

The White Sox won their 70th game of the season today, defeating the Blue Jays 5-4 in an afternoon contest at US Cellular Field. Jose Contreras was erratic, but managed to allow only 3 unearned runs over 5 innings in the no-decision.

The Sox staked Contreras to an early 4-run lead off of Toronto starting pitcher Dustin McGowan. In the bottom of the first inning, Tadahito Iguchi drew a one-out walk, and advanced to second on a single by Carl Everett. The next batter, Paul Konerko, singled Iguchi home to give the Sox a 1-0 lead. After a wild pitch, Aaron Rowand unloaded with a 3-run homer to right centerfield that put the Sox up by 4.

Contreras got himself in a little trouble in each of the next two innings. In the second, he loaded the bases on two walks and a single, but escaped unharmed. The Jays also threatened in the third inning with a one-out double, but Contreras stranded the runner at third base to keep the score 4-0. In the top of the 4th, however, Contreras's luck ran out. After Jays catcher Gregg Zaun drew his second of four walks on the afternoon (not a typo), red hot Eric Hinske singled. With two men on base and only one out, Alexis Rios hit a routine ground ball to third base. Thirdbaseman Joe Crede fielded the ball cleanly, but air-mailed the throw to first base out of the reach of Konerko. Zaun scored on the error, and Rios and Hinske advanced to second and third on the play. Hinske would score on a groundout to cut the lead to 4-2, and Rios would come home on a Russ Adams triple to make the score 4-3.

Toronto threatened again in the 5th. Vernon Wells led off the inning with a double, and with two outs Zaun drew another walk. Contreras would then uncork a wild pitch to advance the runners to second and third, but he got the hot-hitting Hinske to ground out to end the inning and keep the narrow lead intact. Contreras was done after the 5th, and he allowed just the 3 unearned runs and walked 4 batters, to go with 4 K's.

Scary moment for the Sox in the 5th, when Carl Everett left the game with a groin injury. With two outs, Everett was caught off guard and picked off of first by the catcher Zaun. In the resultant rundown, Everett appeared to strain his right groin trying to get back to first base. Word is that the injury does not appear serious, and he is only expected to miss a few games at this time.

The score remained 4-3 until the top of the 8th inning, when the Jays tied the game off of Sox reliever Damaso Marte. Marte, who walked two batters to load the bases the previous inning, then gave up an RBI double to Russ Adams that tied the game at 4. Luis Vizcaino replaced Marte, and did an admirable job by getting out of the inning and stranding Adams at third base. He had a little help from his defense, namely Rowand. With one out and Adams on third, Rowand made a running shoestring catch on a blooper by Wells and threw a strike to home plate to hold the runner at third base. This helped set the stage for Iguchi's heroics. With the score now tied, Iguchi led off the top of the 8th with an opposite field home run, giving the Sox the lead back 5-4. Dustin Hermanson struck out the side in a perfect 9th inning, earning his 26th save of the season.

The White Sox are now the first team in MLB to 70 wins thanks to the victory today. They look to add to their record tomorrow night as they continue their homestand against the Seattle Mariners. Freddy Garcia (11-4, 3.76) will look to shut down his old mates as he faces off against struggling Joel Pineiro (3-7, 6.06). Gametime is 7:05 pm CDT and will be televised on CSN.

Ozzieball Update:
Defensive lapse leads to 3 unearned runs, but solid effort all around by Iguchi and Rowand the difference.

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