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Flashes of 1983: Winning Ugly

August 10th vs. New York Yankees


How was the trophy defended today?
Capitalizing on two key errors in the second inning.

Short Take: Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera played Sox MVPs for the day, their two errors proving to be deadly, as our beloved Palehose would capitalize en route to a 5-4 win over the Evil Empire. It wasn't pretty, but we'll sure take it!

Noone said winning had to be pretty. The 1983 Sox sure didn't, and neither did our DEFENDING WORLD SERIES CHAMPION Sox tonight! In a game that started an hour and a half later than the scheduled start time due to torrential downpours, Javier Vazquez was greatly aided by a few timely pitches, great mental lapses by the Evil Empire, and pretty solid pitching by our bullpen en route to an ugly (but effective) 5-4 victory.

Aside from giving Vazquez a royal workout, the top of the first immediately forshadowed what was a great overall outcome, as he faced the most batters possible without allowing a run (6). The good vibes would continue in the bottom of the second frame. After Jermaine Dye led off by being hit on the wrist by a pitch from Mike Mussina, AJ Pierzynski got him over to second on a single. Tonight's White Sox MVP #1 (Alex Rodriguez) gift-wrapped a run for our Palehose, as he threw a routine double play grounder from Joe Crede way past a befuddled Robinson Cano and into right field, which allowed Dye to score. The second White Sox MVP of the evening (Melky Cabrera) would royally botch the inning up when the next batter (Alex Cintron) laced a single to left field. Because Cabrera allowed the ball to roll past him near the wall, Cintron was able to get to second base, scoring both Pierzynski and Crede. To cap the inning off, Scott Podsednik singled in Cintron, giving our Sox a 4-0 lead after a couple of innings.

The lead would be cut in half in one swing the very next inning, as Jason Giambi homered a couple batters after Bobby Abreu led off the inning with a walk.

A ticked off Ozzie Guillen, who had enough of Eric Cooper's bad calls throughout the series, and rightfully so, was tossed in the top of the sixth, when Cooper called Bobby Abreu safe as he got back to first on a get-me-back-in throw by Cintron--Abreu was clearly out! The little tiff sparked the Sox to score another run in the bottom of the same inning, as Podsednik singled in Brian Anderson, who previously doubled.

To close the scoring, the Yankees got a token home run by Cabrera with Craig Wilson aboard in the top of the seventh. They would be Jenks'd in the 9th, recording his Major League-leading 31st save.

Close, but no cigar, Melky and the rest of you in the Evil Empire! With the Twins losing at home to the Blue Jays, our Palehose have squeaked back into the Wild Card lead, and trail the Tigers by 8.5 games in the division. We now focus our attention on those Tigers, as they come a callin' this weekend for a three-game set. Things are looking far more decent around these parts than the onset of the second half of the season! Tomorrow night, Jose Contreras hits the bump against Justin Verlander. Gametime is at 7:05 Chicago time and can be seen on WCIU (Chicago area television only).

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