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Three down, One to go!

ALCS Game 4: October 15 at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Sox Magic Number:
"Sox are now one win away from first World Series appearance since 1959."

Short Take:Garcia goes the distance as Sox take it to Angels 8-2.

The White Sox got off to another quick start tonight thanks to Paul Konerko, and Freddy Garcia turned in another complete game performance as the Sox beat the Angels 8-2 tonight in Anaheim.

After Scott Podsednik led off the game with a walk, Angels starter Ervin Santana hit Tadahito Iguchi with a pitch. With two men on base, Paul Konerko delivered his second 1st-inning homer in two nights to put the Sox up 3-0. That would be all that Garcia would need tonight, though the game was not without some controversy thanks to the FOX talking heads. That *controversy* occured in the bottom of the second inning. With one on and one out, Casey Kotchman hit a grounder to the third base side of the mound. Garcia fielded the ball and threw it over Konerko's head at first base, putting runners on second and third thanks to the error. Angels catcher Benjie Molina then singled to score Erstad and make the score 3-1. Still with just one out, Steve Finley came to the plate with runners on the corners. Finley grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning, but it turns out it wasn't that simple. Finley claimed catcher's interference, and the conspiracy theorists at Fox were at it again. Replays showed that Finley may have hit catcher A.J. Pierzynski's glove on his swing, which would have awarded him first base and loaded the bases with still just one out. The double play call stood, and the Sox were out of the inning. Of course, TV viewers were treated to about 50 different replays and the persistant whining of Tim McCarver and Joe Buck.

Despite the protests from the announcers booth, the game continued. The Sox got the run back in their half of the third, thanks to a two-out stolen base by Jermaine Dye followed up by an RBI single by Carl Everett. Everett was caught in a rundown between first and second, but Dye scored before Everett was retired to put the Sox up 4-1. No controversy in the top of the 4th when Pierzynski connected on a solo home run to deep center, a tape-measure shot to give the Sox a 5-1 lead. The Angels would touch Garcia for another run in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI double by Kotchman, and the score was 5-2.

More contrived controversy ensued in the 5th, this time surrounding Podsednik. With rubber-armed Scot Shields on the mound in relief of Santana, there was a close pickoff play at first. The super slo-mo replay showed that Podsednik had in fact been picked off, but the umpire called him safe. Podsednik went on to steal second, and eventually scored on an Everett single to raise the Sox lead to 6-2. Podsednik would also steal second base in the 7th inning, but would eventually be stranded at third base.

Garcia would settle in and retire 10 Angels batters in a row after Kotchman's RBI single in the 4th. Finley would break up that streak by leading off the bottom of the 8th with a single. The Angels would finally get a call to go their way when Finley was called safe at second base on a double-play grounder off the bat of Adam Kennedy. The replay clearly showed that Iguchi was nowhere near the second base bag, confirming that the proper call had been made. It didn't matter as Garcia pitched over the mistake, something the Angels have been incapable of doing all series. He would get the next two batters to fly out to end the inning.

In the previous half inning, the Sox had given Garcia two more runs to work with. With Esteban Yan on the hill for the Angels, Everett led off the frame with a walk. Aaron Rowand then doubled him over to third base. With one out, Joe Crede singled down the third base line past a drawn-in infield to score both Everett and Rowand to give the Sox an 8-2 lead. Podsednik led off the 9th inning with a triple, but in a rare lapse in execution the Sox failed to get him home. Didn't matter as Garcia finished off what he started in the bottom of the 9th, closing out an 8-2 White Sox winner.

The White Sox now find themselves in control of the ALCS with a commanding 3 games to 1 lead. The Sox will take their first shot at closing out the ALCS and punching their ticket to the World Series tomorrow night. It will be a rematch of game 1 as Jose Contreras (0-1, 3.24) goes against Paul Byrd (1-0, 3.00). The White Sox became the first team in American League history to throw three consecutive complete games in a postseason series, matched only by the 1973 Mets in the NL. Gametime tomorrow is 6:30 pm CDT on FOX. Let's go, go-go White Sox!

Ozzieball Update:
Podsednik set the table, reaching base four times and stealing two bases; Everett and Crede delivered in the clutch with RISP to pad the lead and put this one away.

submitted by beckett21.

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