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Tadahito to the Rescue!

August 26, at Seattle

How many Grinders did KW use today:
"Can't talk enough about Brian's night, but let's also mention Tadahito and Juan who were pivotal to the win.  And, who can forget the start of Orlando Hernandez and the work of Cliff Politte, Luis Vizcaino, and Dustin Hermanson in the bullpen?"

Short Take:  Brian Anderson has himself a night, smacking first two home runs of career, but Sox still need Tadahito Iguchi's 12th inning, 2-run bomb to put Mariners away in first game of series in the Great Northwest.

For the first 8 innings of Friday night's game in Seattle, there were only two words on the minds of Sox fans everywhere:  Brian Anderson.  The Sox outfield prospect had the best game of his short career against highly touted Seattle pitching prospect, Felix Hernandez.  The rookie went 3-4 with two homers, three RBIs, and a double and was pivotal in the White Sox's 4th win in 5 games since that god awful 7-game skid.

The Sox had little trouble getting on base early against the phenom 19-year old, however, they did not score until Anderson cranked a 1-out homer in the 3rd, giving Sox starter Orlando Hernandez a brief, 1-0 lead.  Seattle, however, responded in the bottom half of the frame.  With one out, El Duque plunked Yorvit Torrealba.  Ichiro followed that up with a single, pushing Torrealba to third.  He came around to score on a sac fly by Willie Bloomquist before Hernandez retired Raul Ibanez to end the inning.

The Sox continued to put runners on base.  In fact, the first time Felix Hernandez retired the side 1-2-3 was in the fifth.  In the home half of the inning, Torrealba homered to put the Mariners up 2-1, but the Sox threatened in the sixth, as Tadahito Iguchi and Carl Everett stood at second and first with one out in the inning, but Hernandez struck out both Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski to end the threat.  Anderson, however, was not done.  After Juan Uribe walked, Brian took a hanging curveball and planted it over the left field wall for his 2nd homer of the night and a 3-2 White Sox lead.  Orlando Hernandez had also seemed to settle down a bit, allowing just one hit in the 5th and 6th innings combined, and that hit quickly was erased when Raul Ibanez attempted to steal second but was gunned down by Pierzynski.  In the 8th, however, Yorvit Torrealba singled with on out, and after Ichiro fouled out, Willie Bloomquist got to play the role of temporary hero, driving a triple into the deep left-center power alley in Safeco Field, scoring Torrealba and drawing the M's to a 3-3 tie.

The bullpens took over from there and Seattle walked a dangerous line a few times.  In the 10th, facing Julio Mateo, Brian Anderson looked to get things started, leading off the inning with a double.  Timo Perez sacrificed him to third, but Mateo was able to K both Tadahito and Carl to end the threat, and, for the most cynical of Sox fans', probably their hope of winning.  After a solid two innings of work by Cliff Politte, Luis Vizcaino pitched a 1-2-3 11th.  Juan Uribe opened up the 12th inning with a bunt single and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Brian Anderson.  Eddie Guardado came in to pitch for Seattle and struck out pinch hitter, Aaron Rowand.  With two outs, redemption was sweet for Iguchi, who blasted a 2-run bomb to left to put the Sox back up by 2, 5-3.  Though Carl Everett and Paul Konerko reached on a double and intentional walk, respectively, the Sox could not pad their lead, but Dustin Hermanson didn't need the insurance as he mowed down the Mariners 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning for 32nd save of the season and the Sox's 78th win.

Joel Piniero, coming off a terrible outing against the Twins will take the mound for Seattle, while the Sox counter with Jose Contreras.  The game can be seen on WGN and will start at 9:05 Central time.

Ozzieball Update: 
The three homers mask the team effort today.  The offense was clicking in near perfect form.  Probably had to do with the mediocre level of competition, but still nice to see nevertheless.

submitted by doublem23.

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