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Rain Delay Reprieve

September 23 v. Seattle


How was the trophy defended today?
Clutch relief pitching and an offensive explosion keeps faint hope alive.

Short Take: Sox come back from 5-run defecit after two-hour rain delay to beat Mariners 11-7.

The White Sox appeared to be dead in the water, pardon the expression. Through 5 innings, the Mariners had built a 7-2 lead and it looked for awhile as if that might be the final score as the field was all but unplayable due to the rains. Mark Buehrle turned in another lackluster performance which has become the norm for him in what has turned into a very disappointing season. Buehrle allowed 7 runs on 9 hits in 4.2 innings of work, and it looked certain that the Sox were headed for their 4th loss in a row. But the game resumed after roughly 2 hours, and the Sox and rookie knuckleballer Charlie Haeger slugged and pitched their way to an improbable 11-7 comeback victory.

The Mariners scored two runs on 3 hits in the first inning off Buehrle, courtesy of a solo home run by Adrian Beltre and an RBI single by Eduardo Perez. The Sox rallied to tie the score in the bottom of the first when Jim Thome followed a single by Jermaine Dye with his 42nd home run of the season to even things up at 2 apiece. After surrendering a two-out double to Raul Ibanez in the top of the 3rd, Buehrle allowed a two-run homer to Richie Sexson to put the M's back up by a 4-2 score. Buehrle got in trouble again with two outs in the 5th. With Beltre on second, Ibanez singled to drive him home and put the Mariners ahead 5-2. An intentional walk to Sexson brought Perez up to the plate, and he singled to score Ibanez and make the score 6-2. Ex-Sox farmhand Mike Morse then singled off Buehrle to bring Sexson home with the Mariners' 7th run of the afternoon.

Haeger came on to relieve Buehrle at this point, and he retired the first batter he faced to end the inning with the Sox in a 7-2 hole. Meanwhile, Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was pitching well and he shut them down in the bottom of the 5th to make the game official. The Sox defense took the field to start the 6th, but were called back because the field was unplayable. Haeger and the Sox came back out after the rain delay apparently rejuvenated. After retiring the M's in order in the top of the 6th following the delay, the Sox offense went to work. They scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th to close the gap to 7-6.

With nobody on and two outs in the 6th, Dye reached on an error to keep the inning alive. The Sox were able to capitalize when Thome doubled Dye home, making the score 7-3 Seattle. Paul Konerko then singled, driving in Thome and it was 7-4. After consecutive singles by AJ Pierzynski and Joe Crede loaded the bases, Alex Cintron singled Konerko home to make the score suddenly 7-6.

Haeger continued to baffle the Mariner hitters, and he actually pitched a perfect 3.1 innings, retiring all 10 batters he faced and recording 5 strikeouts in the process. The Sox offense took care of the rest in the 8th, as they exploded for 5 more runs. The highlight was a two-run homer by Konerko which gave them an 8-7 lead. Mariners' pitcher Joel Pineiro walked the bases loaded before allowing an RBI single to Juan Uribe that put the Sox ahead 9-7. Rookie Ryan Sweeney padded the lead with a two-run single of his own to give the Sox an 11-7 cushion heading into the 9th. Bobby Jenks pitched a scoreless 9th to preserve the win, striking out the last two batters to end it.

With the win, the Sox continue to cling to the faintest of playoff hopes as their tragic number dropped to 3 following a Minnesota victory tonight. Their only hope is to somehow make up 2.5 games on the Twins before heading into Minnesota for a three-game series to close out the regular season, and to then sweep the Twins to force a playoff. Stranger things have happened perhaps, but it doesn't look too good. Nevertheless, the Sox continue the fight with another must-win game tomorrow against Seattle. The regular season home finale will feature the Sox' hottest pitcher, Freddy Garcia (15-9, 4.63) going up against M's rookie southpaw Ryan Feierabend (0-0, 0.00). Maybe Freddy can find that elusive no-hitter he has been looking for.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Nice to see some fight left in the team, despite the long odds of making the playoffs. All they can do is keep fighting and hope for a lot of help.


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