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April 5, vs. Cleveland

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?

Today's Sox cut of meat:
Turkey Dog
Definitely not the best performance, but in a pinch, you'll take it.

Short Take:"Legend of A.J. Pierzynski" grows, as Roberto Hernandez plunks Sox catcher with bases loaded to force in winning run.

It wasn’t pretty, and potentially devastating, but at least it was a win. After 2 depressing losses to open the season, the Sox finally notched their first “W” of the season, as Roberto Hernandez plunked A.J. Pierzynski with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to drive home the winning run in a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

White Sox fans won’t be sorry to see Grady Sizemore leave town. The Indian centerfielder lead off the game with a home run, his 2nd lead off homer of the series and third in as many games. Starter Mark Buehrle, however, settled down after Sizemore’s homer, striking out Travis Hafner and ending the inning via a Victor Martinez double play.

The Sox quickly picked up their starter, however. Scott Podsednik was in vintage 2005 form, singling to lead off the game, stole second, and advanced to third on a ground out to the right side of the infield by Darin Erstad. He scored on an RBI ground out to Paul Konerko.

However, the mood at U.S. Cellular Field quickly went from chilly to numb when Ryan Garko hit Buehrle’s left arm with a 1-out line drive. Buehrle was quickly removed from the game and Nick Masset who replaced Jose Contreras in the 2nd inning of Monday’s opener was called on to keep the Tribe in striking distance for the Sox.

Credit Masset, not only for picking up Buehrle and the team, but also keeping the rest of the taxed Sox relievers in the bullpen. He only really had one mistake; a solo home run to Jason Michaels in the third that put the Indians up 2-1. The Sox, however, picked up that run an inning later when Tadahito Iguchi lifted a sac fly to score Jim Thome.

Masset continued to confound the Indians who had pounded Contreras and Garland for 12 runs in under 7 innings. Masset threw 4.2 innings of 1-run baseball and essentially won the game for the Sox. He left the game in line for the win, too, thanks to Scott Podsednik, again, who drove in Iguchi from 2nd just as it looked like the Sox would strand his lead-off double.

However, Matt Thornton replaced Masset in the 8th and promptly made things interesting. Sizemore started the rally with a lead-off single and came around to score on a double by Jason Michaels. The score was 3-3 and Thornton notched his 2nd blown save in as many tries. Joking aside, however, Thornton did hunker down and retire the meat of the Indian order, Hafner and Martinez, with the go ahead run in scoring position. Though he did surrender the 1-run lead, he left with the game still knotted at 3 when Ozzie Guillen called for Bobby Jenks. Jenks faced 5 batters, walking 1 and getting the other 4 out in 1.1 innings of near perfect work.

In the 9th, still tied at 3, the Tribe, just as they so often were in 2006, came undone thanks to their shaky bullpen. 43-year-old Roberto Hernandez started the inning, giving up back-to-back singles to Jermaine Dye and Joe Crede. With Rob Mackowiak pinch running for Dye, Hernandez’s pick off attempt at 2nd base ended up somewhere in center field, moving the winning run to 90 feet away. Cleveland then walked Tadahito Iguchi intentionally to get to A.J. Pierzynski, who took a 1-0 pitch to his arm that scored Mackowiak for a wild, walk-off winner. At this point, a win is a win.

While Buehrle’s status is, of course, concerning, initial X-rays were negative for any fracture and the Sox ace has stated he plans on making his next start. Time will tell. As for the Sox, no one will miss the Indians, as they head home to Cleveland to open their home schedule against the Seattle Mariners. The Sox, meanwhile, welcome the Minnesota Twins, fresh off their season-opening sweep of the hapless Orioles, for 3 at the Cell Friday night. Carlos Silva is set to face off against Javier Vazquez in what will be the first corporate sponsored 7:11 starting time of the season.

Back to the Grind Update:
Scott Podsednik was in 2005 form; singling, stealing, driving in runs... It was good to see.

submitted by doublem23.

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4 2/3 of solid relief kept the Sox in the game, and would have picked up first career win had Matt Thornton not pulled a Howry.

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