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Worth the wait

August 8, vs. New York

How was the trophy defended today?
Garcia pitched well and Jenks was very impressive, but Sox offensive finds hits when they need them.

Short Take:  Paul Konerko connects for 9th inning homer off Mariano Rivera, setting stage for Jermaine Dye walk-off single as Sox top Yanks, 6-5 in 11.

It took 11 innings, but payback was sweet.  The World Champs greeted the New York Yankees to town with an extra-inning affair that finally ended when a Jermaine Dye line drive found turf in shallow center field, allowing Tadahito Iguchi to score from 2nd base as the White Sox needed 11 innings to knock off the A.L. East leading New York Yankees 6-5.

The Yankees got on the board early, another one of Freddy Garcia's fashionably late starts.  After an error by Rob Mackowiak allowed Johnny Damon to safely reach first to lead off the game, he scored on a single by Bobby Abreu.  In the second, Craig Wilson launched a solo home run off Garcia and the Yankees were suddenly up 2-0.  Considering Chien-Ming Wang had basically set the Sox down 1-2-3 (Scott Podsednik technically reached base, but he was thrown out at third base trying to stretch his double into a three-bagger... a cardinal sin of the game), you could probably hear a couple of jumper perching on the roof of the Cell once Wilson's homer cleared the wall.

The Sox, however, got on the board in the 3rd inning.  Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye lead off the frame with back-to-back doubles to cut the lead to 1.  Wang then walked A.J. Pierzynski and allowed a single to Joe Crede, which loaded the bases for Mackowiak.  He delivered a double play that cut Dye down at home, but allowed the lead runners to remaing in scoring position.  Alex Cintron picked up his team by singling to center allowing Pierzynski and Crede to score ad putting the Sox up 3-2.  The Yankees, however, came right back and spotted Wang a new lead the next inning on a 2-run homer by Alex Rodriguez.

Joe Crede mashed a solo homer in the 4th to tie the game again at 4.  Garcia, Wang, and New York reliever Ron Villone held the scoring to a minimum from then, however the Sox finally ran into some trouble in the 8th.  Matt Thornton relieved Freddy Garcia, who pitched a strong 7 innings, especially consider the offensive firepower the Yankees have.  After retiring the lead-off batter, Thornton allowed a single and a walk to Derek Jeter and Abreu.  Enter Mike MacDougal, who worked against Alex Rodriguez, and while he did keep A-Rod in the park, he still allowed a s single that loaded the bases.  Neal Cotts then came into work and hit Jason Giambi, and while everyone may have had a sense of satisfaction that Jason Giambi just got hit by a pitch, it did allowed a run to score and the Sox were once again left looking up at a 1-run deficit.  After going down 1-2-3 in the 8th against Kyle Farnsworth, the 9th inning meant only one thing: Mariano Rivera.  The last time the Sox saw him he was busy recording a milestone save.  This time, the Sox would get the better of the matchup.  Paul Konerko lead off the ining with a solo home run to tie the score at 5.  Jermaine Dye followed Konerko with a single, but a failed bunt attempt by Pierzynski and a failed stealing attempt by pinch runner Pablo Ozuna kept the game tied at 5 and forced extra frames.

How about a round of applause for Bobby Jenks, who pitched 2 2/3 innings of trememdous relief?  After coming in for Neal Cotts in the top of the 9th, Jenks allowed just a pair of baserunners during his appearance, a walk to Alex Rodriguez in the 10th and a single by Robinson Cano in the 11th.  The scoreless work allowed the Sox to finally get to the Yankees less than stellar bullpen.  With Sott Proctor on the mound, Tadahito Iguchi singled to lead off the 11th.  Jim Thome then drew a walk that forced the winning run into scoring position.  Though Konerko could not deliever the big hit this inning, Jermaine Dye backed him up with a single to center field, falling just in front of Johnny Damon, and the Sox walked off with a big, 6-5 win in a very realistic preview of an ALDS matchup come October.  In fact, had the season ended after the dust had settled on August 8th action, the Sox and Yankees would be headed to New York for such a play-off series.

Ozzieball Update:  
Gritty pitching performances and timely hits help Sox drop Yankees.  That's how we like things done.

submitted by doublem23.

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Jermaine Dye

Aside from having a good night, 3-5 with a pair of RBIs, that 3rd hit did score the game winner.

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