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October 22...Advantage: White Sox!

World Series Game One: October 22nd vs Houston

Sox PLAYOFF Magic Number:
"One down, three to go."

Cold Night, Hot Sox!

So here we are, Sox fans. Game One of the 2005 World Series. We're not playing in the afternoon, we're not playing on the same night as another team--and the international viewing audience has no choice but to take notice of what us Sox fans have been watching since April. Solid pitching, timely hitting, and some incredible defense add up to a 5-3 White Sox winner, and give the Southsiders a 1-0 edge in the Fall Classic.

Stepping to the bump tonight for the White Sox was Jose Contreras. The former Yankee castoff has been just about unhittbale down the stretch and through the postseason. Although Contreras didn't have his best stuff tonight, he still managed to gut out the win working 8+ innings.

The Houston Astros sent Roger Clemens to the hill tonight to face the Sox in the Series opener. Clemens has amassed just about every accolade known to man: 300+ career wins, a few thousand career strikeouts, a closetful of Cy Young awards. But tonight, he looked strangely mortal on the World Series stage he's stood on many times before. In the bottom of the first, Jermaine Dye deposited a Clemens offering in the right field bullpen to stake the Sox to a 1-0 lead and whip the crowd into an early-evening frenzy.

Thoughts of a 1-0 thriller were quickly dashed when Astros first sacker Mike Lamb cracked a home run just to the right of the fan deck in center field to even the score. A somewhat rattled Contreras plunked Jeff Bagwell, before getting Jason Lane to ground into a double play to end the inning. The Sox would strike right back in the bottom half of the frame as Carl Everett and Aaron Rowand singled back-to-back to start the inning. AJ Pierzynski slapped a ball to the right side of the infield, and the Astros defense was so caught up in trying to turn the ol' 3-6-3 that they completely forgot Everett at 3rs, and Crazy Carl scampered home with the go-ahead run as Pierzynski was safe at first. Pierzynski moved to second on a Joe Crede groundout and then scored on a Juan Uribe double to center to put the home side up 3-1. MOre importantly, the Sox chased an ailing Clemens from the game, forcing Phil Garner to send Wandy (?!) Rodriguez on in relief.

The Astros hung tough in the next inning though, using a little smallball to get runners on second and third and set the stage for a Lance Berkman double to tie the game at 3. Joe Crede put the Sox back on top in the 4th though with yet another postseason home run. The Sox managed to get runners on first and second after the Crede shot, but Tadahito Iguchi grounded into a double play to end the threat.

Not only did Joe Crede contribute with his bat, but he also got the job done with his glove tonight, snaring hard grounders and firing balls to first every chance he had. Quite a switch from the guy who had a few bobbles in the Boston series.

Contreras left the game after surrendering a leadoff double to Willy Tavares in the eight inning to a rousing ovation, and the Sox bullpen saw its first action in 12 days when Neal Cotts headed out to the mound. Cotts gave up a single that stuck the tying run on third and then struck out the next two batters before giving way to Bobby Jenks. The Sox feel-good story of 2005 mowed down Jeff Bagwell to end the 8th, and then retired the Astros 1-2-3 in the ninth to nail down the win!

Three more wins. Three more wins. That's all that seperates the Sox from baseball immortality. Game Two of the World Series is at US Cellular tomorrow night, when Mark Buehrle faces Andy Pettite.

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