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Spanking The Yankees!

August 21st vs. New York

How many Grinders did KW use today:
"Ozuna and Widger both on the lineup card. Widger contributes in a big way."

Short Take:Longball returns as Sox pound Big Unit

Heading into today's game against the Brons Bombers, the Chicago White Sox found themselves in a pretty lousy situation. The Southsiders had lost 7 games in a row, their offense was struggling to scratch out even one run, and the Yankees were sending Randy Johnson to the bump while the White Sox were countering with Jose Contreras. Even on a perfect day for baseball at US Cellular Field, there were plenty of metaphorical dark clouds in the air. But sunshine and salvation were in the forecast today as the Sox walked away with a 6-2 victory to put an end to their miserable homestand.

Normally, a Jose Contreras start is characterized by long at bats, baserunners galore and rumbling and grumbling from everyone in attendance. BUt the 10 million dollar man with the 10 cent head was sharp for all 8 innings, allowing just four baserunners through the first four innings. Unfortunately, one of those baserunners was speedy Tony Womack, who scored a run on a Robinson Cano groundout after finding his way to third after Contreras tried to pick him off second base and fired the ball into center field. The following inning, Alex Rodriguez led off with a double, but El Conde got Hideki Matsui to line out, and then fanned Bernie Williams and Tino Martinex to end the threat. In the fifth, the potential for disaster reared its ugly head again when Womack singled, swiped second and went to third on a Derek Jeter single. Cano ripped a ball to Juan Uribe who skippe dover to second and fired the ball to Geoff Blum for a double play to again end the Yankee threat.

Meanwhile the Sox looked like they'd treat the capacity crowd to more of the same offensive misery early on. Pablo Ozuna singled to start the game and stole second. Good idea. Then he tried to steal third--not such a good idea. Ozuna quickly ended up pickled and out. Johnson mowed through the rest of the Sox batting order one after the other the first time around, but then the floodgates opened. With one out in the fourth, Tadahito Iguchi drilled a Johnson offering into the Yankees bullpen. The suddenly lively crowd barely had the chance to plop back down in their seats when Aaron Rowand ripped a line drive juuuuuust above the yellow line in right center to put the Sox on top and bringing up Paul Konerko. With the "PAUL-EE" chant ringing from the rafters, the Sox number one hitman with the sore back fell behind 0-2 before drilling a home run to left center. That's three in a row against one of the greatest ever, folks. No small accomplishment. Best part? The hit parade wasn't over yet. Jermaine Dye and Juan Uribe laced back to back singles before backup catcher and quintessential 25th man Chris Widger stepped into the box and powered a three-run shot into the left field seats. One inning, six runs. That's as many as the Sox had scored TOTAL between Tuesday and yesterday.

The Yankees would add one more run in the sixth when Tino Martinez singled home Gary Sheffield. Contreras would exit in the eighth with just one earned run tagged to his name, and no walks. Damaso Marte pitched a 1-2-3 ninth capped off by an amazing sliding catch by Brian Anderson to end the game and send the Yankees packing.

After an off day tomorrow, the Sox head to the HumpDome to take on the Twins, trying to get some revenge for last week's sweep at US Cellular. Freddy Garcia takes the hill for the opener against Johan Santana.

Ozzieball Update:
Dye bunting Konerko over? What next, flying pigs at the Air and Water Show?

submitted by WhiteSoxWilkes.

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