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Pierzynski Punches Back

July 1, at Loserville


How was the trophy defended today?
Luckily for Sox, they were playign the Cubs on a day when they did not bring their A-Game.

Short Take:  2-out, 3-run homer by A.J. Pierzynski lifts Sox to dramatic 8-6 win over North Siders.

Call it karma.  Call it fate.  Call it whatever you want, but when A.J. Pierzynski strode to the plate against the highly flammable Ryan Dempster with the tying and go ahead runs on base in the 9th, with two outs in a game that had seen a handful of lead changes and ties already... It was a scenario too perfect to scirpt.  One hanging slider later, a week that started with a ridiculous 7-run comeback, ended with an improbable, 8-6 win at Wrigley Field over the truly pathetic Cubs as the 2006, "Never Say Die" White Sox continued to roll through the Cubs and National League.

Javier Vazquez got the start for the Sox today and was again shaky.  After starting the year near lights out, Vazquez has been the weak link in the rotation lately.  The Cubs immediately jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a 1-out, 2-run double by Aramis Ramirez.  Javier would settle down and strike out Phil Nevin and Michael Barrett to end the frame, but the Sox offense was having some early problems against Cub starter Greg Maddux.  After going down 1-2-3 in the first, the Sox threatened to get on the board in the 2nd, but after leading off the inning with back-to-back singles, neither Joe Crede or Juan Uribe could muster a hit with a runner in scoring position, ending the inning with a fly out and ground ball double play.  The Sox who were so brlliant with the bats yesterday with runners in scoring position today grounded into double plays to kill 3 rallies.

The Sox finally cracked Maddux in the third.  Brian Anderson lead off the inning with a double and moved to third on a very nice sacrifice bunt by Javier Vazquez.  Scott Podsednik would ground out to second, but Anderson crossed the plate on the ground out.  Tadahito Iguchi singled to continue the inning, and then Jim Thome lofted a fly ball to shallow left field that normally would have been a routine play, but with the shift on, neither slow-as-molasses Phil Nevin or the incredibly awkward "Error"-amis Ramirez could make the play on the knuckling fly that dropped in for a double.  Jermaine Dye, however, promptly struck out to end the thread and leave the Cubs on top.

Meanwhile, Vazquez had settled down.  The only Cub that had any idea of what he was doing all day was Ramirez.  Already with a double, he tripled to right field in the 3rd and would crank out a 3-run homer in the 5th.  By then, however, Jim Thome had taken Maddux deep for a 2-run blast that momentarily put the Sox up 3-2.  Ramirez's homer, however, in the very next frame put the Cubs back on top 5-3.  While Vazquez's line doesn't read to pretty (5 runs on 11 hits, a walk, and 7 strike outs in 6 innings of work), he wasn't awful especially considering Wrigley's reputation when the wind is blowing out at hurrican-worthy speeds.

In the 6th, Joe Crede cut the Cubs' 2-run lead in half with a homer off Maddux.  In the 7th, Paul Konerko pinch hit for Vazquez and ressurrected memories for Sox fans when he took former teammate Scott Eyre deep.  Nothing says late-90's White Sox more than seeing Eyre on the mound, facing the outfield and watching another long ball sail over the wall.  The Sox threatened to retake the lead in the frame, but Eyre and Bobby Howry were able to get out of the jam with the tie preserved.  In the bottom of the 7th, however, Jacque Jones hit a solo homer off reliever David Riske and once again the Cubs were up, now 6-5.

Flash forward to the good stuff.  With the score the same in the 9th, the Sox were down to their final three bullets and used the first two rather quickly, as Podsednik and Iguchi were easy outs for beleagured Cubs closer, Ryan Dempster.  Dempster then got Ross Gload to ground a weak roller back up the infield that somehow split his legs and then took a silly hop on Wrigley's crappy infield, scooting past shortstop Ronnt Cedeno for a base hit.  Perhaps feeling the pressure (or just realizing what uniform he's wearing), Demspter naturally folded like a card table, walkign Jermaine Dye on five pitches before hanging a slider to A.J. Pierzynski that landed in the right field bleachers and gave the Sox a 8-6 lead.  Cub fans responded to this latest kick in the pants in the most mature way possible, by tossing their garbage on the field.  As if sitting in urine-soaked bleachers, drinking garbage beer, and watching your pathetic excuse for a baseball team blow another late lead wasn't bad enough, I guess you have to up the ante by embarrassing yourselves on national T.V.

Bobby Jenks relieved Neal Cotts to pitch a perfect ninth to earn his 25th save of the season.  Cotts was awarded the win after throwing one pitch to end the 8th.  The win means the World Champs will undisputably be the "City Champs" in '06, so buffoons can't call into local sports talk shows and moan about how the Losers are "just as good as the Sox" in October when the Cubs are packing in another losing year and the Sox are rolling into the MLB play-offs.  By another grace of God, the Detroit Tigers remembered how to lose today, allowing the Pirates to drop 7 runs on them in the 7th inning in a 9-2 loss, moving the Sox to a game and a half behind the division leaders.  The Sox go for the sweep tomorow at Wrigley.  Mark Buehrle takes the hill for the Sox and Crazy Ass Carlos Zambrano goes for the Cubs.  Game time is 1:20 Central time and the game can be seen on Comcast Sports Net.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:  
Smallball not much in effect with the wind blowing out today as Sox notch all but 1 run via the homer, but hey, when it works, it works.


submitted by doublem23.

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A.J. Pierzynski

Not that there was any doubt about it.  If he wasn't a White Sox immortal already, he surely is now.  We'll be toasting to your name forever, A.J.!  Keep it up!

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