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Motown Meltdown

August 13th v. Detroit


How was the trophy defended today?
Offense, pitching, defense--the whole package.

Short Take: World Champions make statement with sweep of division leader, close gap to 5.5 games.

What a difference a week makes.

In the span of the past week, the World Champion Chicago White Sox cut a 10-game defecit nearly in half, completing the 3-game series sweep of the Tigers this afternoon by a 7-3 score. Just in case the Tigers thought that they had things wrapped up, the White Sox served notice that indeed they don't.

Freddy Garcia got the start today for the Sox against Tiger rookie Zach Miner. Both pitchers got off to a shaky start. The Tigers drew first blood in the first with three singles off Garcia leading to their first run of the game. The Sox answered with a run in the bottom of the first off Miner to tie the game at 1. Alex Cintron, today's hero, hit a one-out triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Paul Konerko to put the Sox on the board.

The Sox jumped on Miner for three runs in the bottom of the second inning with a little help from the rookie. With one on and two outs, Miner walked Brian Anderson and Scott Podsednik to load the bases. Cintron, playing second base today, delivered a bases-clearing double over the head and hair of Magglio 'Moneybags' Ordonez to put the Sox in command 4-1.

The Tigers fought back against Garcia, scoring a run in each of the next two innings to cut the Sox lead to 4-3. Ordonez doubled and scored on an RBI single by Carlos Guillen in the third, and Sean Casey hit a ground-rule double to score Craig Monroe in the 4th. Casey's hit initially was thought to be a home run, but actually it landed behind the sign on the rightfield wall and was correctly called a double. Garcia stranded Casey at second to keep the Sox on top by a run. That would be all the Tigers would get off Garcia, as he settled in and retired the last 12 batters he faced from the 4th through the 7th inning to earn his 11th win of the season.

Miner also settled down and pitched into the 6th inning, with the score remaining 4-3 Sox going into the bottom of the 7th. The Sox added an important insurance run in the 7th when Juan Uribe doubled and scored on a Pablo Ozuna single to put the Sox ahead 5-3. Brian Anderson set things up sith a sacrifice bunt to move Uribe into third, and Ozuna came on to pinch-hit for Podsednik against Tiger lefty Jamie Walker. Mike MacDougal relieved Garcia to start the 8th inning, and he started out by striking out the Tigers emotional catcher Ivan Rodriguez looking. Rodriguez took issue with the called third strike, and he was tossed by the home plate umpire for arguing balls and strikes. That really incensed Rodriguez, who ran out of the dugout and charged the umpire before being intercepted and restrained by his teammate Carlos Guillen.

Matt Thornton came in to relieve MacDougal with one on and one out in the 8th, and promptly induced a double-play ball to end the inning. The Sox tacked on two more insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th off Tiger reliever Todd Jones. Jermaine Dye homered to right ceneter to lead off the inning, and Joe Crede doubled and later scored on a Brian Anderson single to put the Sox up by the final score of 7-3. Bobby Jenks got the last two outs for his 33rd save of the year to complete the sweep.

As previously mentioned, the Sox are now just 5.5 games back of the Tigers for the lead in the AL Central, and closing. The Sox have a golden opportunity to further close the gap with an upcoming 4-game series against cellar-dwelling Kansas City. The Tigers, on the other hand, head out to Boston for a tough 3-game test. Jon Garland (12-4, 5.16) looks to keep the momentum going against Royals All-Star Mark Redman (7-6, 5.49). Gametime is 7:05 pm CDT from U.S. Cellular Field and will be televised on CSN Chicago.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Produced insurance run in 7th via smallball before breaking things open in 8th; bullpen closes the door as usual.


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