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Home is where the Homers are

September 24 v. Seattle

How was the trophy defended today?
Sox manage to score double-digit runs two games in a row. Who would have thought it possible?

Short Take: Sox show their fan appreciation by blasting 5 home runs in 12-7 rout of Mariners in home finale.

Freddy Garcia didn't pitch a no-hitter, or even a one-hitter. What he did was allow 4 runs in 6.2 innings of work, including 6 innings of one-run ball which was more than good enough to earn the victory as the Sox walloped the Mariners 12-7 in the home finale.

Brian Anderson got the scoring going, leading off the third inning with a home run off Mariners starter Ryan Feierabend. After Feierabend gave up back to back walks to Tadahito Iguchi and Jermaine Dye later in the inning, Jim Thome hit a run-scoring single to drive in Iguchi and give the Sox a 2-0 lead. Garcia held his former mates scoreless until the top of the 5th inning, when he allowed three consecutive singles leading to their first run. Adrian Beltre drove in Yuniesky Betancourt to cut the lead in half at 2-1.

The White Sox answered with three more runs in the bottom of the 5th off Feierabend. Paul Konerko and Joe Crede hit back to back home runs for the Sox that inning, Konerko's being a two-run blast, that would put the Sox ahead 5-1. After retiring the first two batters in the 7th with the score still 5-1, Garcia allowed a single to Ichiro and a walk to Beltre. The next batter was Kenji Johjima, and Johjima hit a three-run home run to cut the lead to 5-4. Garcia would be relieved by Matt Thornton, who would strike out Raul Ibanez for the third out of the inning. However, Ibanez struck out on a wild pitch and reached first safely to keep the inning alive. Mike MacDougal would come on for Thornton and retire the next batter, Richie Sexson, to end the inning.

With the Sox now hanging onto a 5-4 lead, they tacked on 5 more runs in the bottom of the 7th to put the game out of reach. Rookie Josh Fields drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the Sox' 6th run of the contest, and Juan Uribe followed with a Grand Slam to push the score to 10-4. Neal Cotts started the 8th inning by allowing a home run to Ben Broussard, and it was 10-5. After a visit to the mound by Ozzie Guillen, Cotts remained in the game and was treated to a cascade of boos by the home faithful. Cotts showed his appreciation for this by allowing another home run to the next batter, Jose Lopez, to make it a 10-6 ballgame. This time Ozzie pulled Cotts in favor of Dustin Hermanson. Hermanson got out of the 8th without any further damage.

Konerko added some insurance in the 8th with another two-run homer, his 35th of the season, to double up the Mariners at 12-6. Ibanez homered off Hermanson in the top of the 9th, a solo shot which made the final score 12-7.

The White Sox most likely say goodbye to U.S. Cellular Field for 2006, as they head out on the road for the final week of the regular season. They head to Cleveland for a three-game series starting tomorrow with Jon Garland (17-6, 4.37) going against Cliff Lee (12-11, 4.58). Gametime is 6:05 pm central time. The Sox tragic number now sits at two following another Minnesota win today, meaning any combination of Twins' wins or Sox losses adding up to two will officially eliminate the Sox from playoff contention. Basically they have to sweep Cleveland and hope for Kansas City to take at least 3 of 4 from the Twins to make the last series of the year in Minnesota have any meaning besides a playoff tune-up for the Twins. Go Sox and Royals!!!

Ozzieball Update:
Too bad they couldn't have played this way all month. We might have something to talk about this week other than missed opportunities if they had.

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