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World Series Bound!!!

ALCS Game 5: October 16 at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Sox Magic Number:
"The reigning American League Champions will now try to complete the job and bring a World Series Championship home to Chicago."

Short Take:Contreras and Crede the stars as Sox take home the American League Pennant.

WOW! What a feeling! That really says it all, since mere words alone cannot describe this feeling. The White Sox defeated the Los Angeles Angels tonight by the score of 6-3 to clinch the American League pennant and send the team to their first World Series appearance since 1959.

Jose Contreras continued the dominance of the Sox starting pitchers by throwing a complete game 5-hitter to win the clincher. The complete game was the Sox 4th consecutive in the series, all victories. In fact, the Sox bullpen pitched a total of 2/3 of an inning all series--that is dominance defined.

The Sox got on the board first, just as they had in the previous three victories. Aaron Rowand led off the second inning with a ground-rule double that bounced off the line and into the rightfield seats. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Rowand to third, and Joe Crede hit a sacrifice fly to center to put the Sox out in front. The Angels would strike back and tie the game in the third. Juan Rivera led off the inning with a double, and advanced to third when Contreras threw the ball into centerfield on a failed pickoff attempt. Adam Kennedy singled to tie the game at 1. Kennedy would advance to third on a sacrifice and a wild pitch, but was stranded there when Vladimir Guerrero grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning. Sox pitchers held Guerrero to an abysmal .050 average for the series, managing only one hit in 20 at-bats.

The White Sox got the lead back in the 5th off Angels starter Paul Byrd, the winning pitcher in Game 1. Juan Uribe hit a one-out double, followed by a walk issued to Scott Podsednik. With two outs, Jermaine Dye hit a double into the gap in left center, scoring Uribe to put the Sox back on top 2-1. Now with men on second and third, Byrd was relieved by Scot Shields. Shields got the job done for the Angels, getting ALCS MVP Paul Konerko to fly out to end the inning. This gave the Angels new life, and they responded by scoring two runs in the bottom of the 5th to take their first lead since game 1. Kennedy singled to lead off the inning, and he scored on a ground rule double by Chone Figgins. On the play, there was fan interference as an overzealous Angel fan reached over the rightfield wall and grabbed the ball. The umpires ruled that Kennedy would have scored regardless, and awarded him home to tie the game at 2. After Orlando Cabrera sacrificed Figgins to third, Garrett Anderson drove him home with a sacrifice fly to put the Angels ahead 3-2.

That would be it for the Angels tonight. After the RBI sacrifice fly to put the Angels ahead, Contreras would retire the final 13 Angel hitters without allowing so much as a baserunner. With Contreras shutting down the Angels offense, the bats still had some work to do to put this series away. They tied things up in the 7th inning, courtesy of clutch Joe Crede. Crede welcomed Kelvim Escobar into the game by leading off the 7th inning with a home run to tie the game at 3. Podsednik then drew a one-out walk and stole second base, but he was stranded there after Escobar struck out Tadahito Iguchi and Jermaine Dye to end the inning. Escobar struck out 4 Sox hitters in a row, including the first two in the 8th inning. But with two outs, Escobar walked Rowand. The next batter was Captain Controversy, AJ Pierzynski. Pierzynski hit a dribbler down the first base line which Escobar fielded bare handed. Escobar tagged Pierzynski out, but the problem was he tagged him with an empty glove while he held the ball in his bare hand. The umpire initially called Pierzynski out, but after a brief meeting with the home plate umpire the call was properly reversed. Clutch Crede then came through once again, hitting an infield single which Kennedy knocked down but was unable to do anything with. Rowand scored, and the Sox had the lead for good.

The Sox added two insurance runs in the 9th off Francisco Rodriguez, who gave up the RBI single to Crede in the 8th. Iguchi walked and stole second base to start the inning. Iguchi looked like he was going to be thrown out at second, but was called safe when Kennedy couldn't handle the throw from the catcher Bengie Molina. Rodriguez then walked Dye before allowing an RBI double to Konerko, who lined one high off of the wall in rightfield to score Iguchi. With one out, Rowand hit a sacrifice fly to score Dye from third to put the Sox up by the final score of 6-3. Konerko was thrown out trying to advance to third on the play, but it didn't matter at that point. Contreras took the mound in the 9th and pitched an easy 1-2-3 inning, getting Casey Kotchman to ground out to Konerko at first for the unassisted putout to end the game and the series. The win will rank among the biggest in franchise history, catapulting them to the World Series.

The Sox will now rest and await their next opponent as Houston and St. Louis continue to battle for the National Leauge crown. The World Series is scheduled to begin next Saturday, October 22 at U.S. Cellular Field. Gametime is scheduled for 6:30 pm CT and will again be televised on FOX. Congratulations to our 2005 American League Champion Chicago White Sox! Let's enjoy this week of nervous anticipation, and savor every minute of it. Our White Sox are going to the World Series. Believe it.

Ozzieball Update:
What didn't work? Everything Ozzie touches turns to gold right now. The best is yet to come.

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