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Thome Walks It Off With #500!

September 16 vs. Los Angeles Angels

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?


Today's Sox cut of meat:
Grilled Bratwurst
It made an appearance from the 7th inning onward.

Short Take: After being down 7-1 in the 7th, this team showed they still have some life in them with a come-from-behind win on what became Thome's special day!

Thome had been on a quest for the 500th homerun of his career since Wednesday afternoon when he launched #499. All weekend, Sox fans packed U.S. Cellular Field in anticipation of the historic event and yet another amazing personal achievement by a White Sox player in a season that hasn't had much to cheer about. In dramatic fashion, Jim Thome launched that historic long ball in the bottom of the 9th inning, giving the Sox a 9-7, come-from-behind victory!

Mark Buehrle was on the mound for the Sox, in search of his 10th win of the season. Vladimir Guerrero took a 1-0 pitch from Buehrle and drove it out of the ballpark, giving the Angels an early 1-0 lead.

Things remained quiet until the fourth inning, when Buehrle surrendered two more runs. With one out, Howie Kendrick singled and then Juan Rivera homered, extending the Angels' lead to 3-0.

The Sox decided to score a run in the bottom of the 5th. With one out, Danny Richar walked and went to second when Toby Hall also walked, after Andy Gonzalez flew out to center. Jerry Owens brought Richar in with a single, making it a 3-1 ballgame.

Things got pretty ugly in the 7th. Reggie Willits led off with a double and after Orlando Cabrera grounded out to third, Buehrle & Hall decided to put Guerrero on via the intentional walk, setting up the double play. Unfortunately, this strategy didn't pay off because Robb Quinlan singled, loading the bases with only one out. Mark Buehrle was chased from the game after Maicer Izturis also had a base hit, scoring Willits. It was 4-1 Angels when Ryan Bukvich came in from the bullpen and out of the four batters he faced, all of them reached base. Howie Kendrick singled, driving in Guerrero, and an error by Andy Gonzalez allowed two more runners to cross the plate. It was 6-1 Angels when Bukvich lost the battle to Mike Napoli, who drove in the 7th run of the game for L.A. Ozzie had seen enough and went to Matt Thornton, who successfully retired the next two batters.

Sox fans were pretty down after Take Me Out to the Ballgame, but little did they know what was in store. Danny Richar and Andy Gonzalez hit back-to-back singles, and Toby Hall followed with a base hit of his own, scoring Richar and making it a 7-2 game. Jerry Owens reached on a 1-6 fielder's choice, and Josh Fields followed with a 3-run shot, putting the Sox right back in it, 7-5. Thome struck out and Konerko doubled, but would be left at second when Jermaine Dye lined out to center.

Mike MacDougal pitched a scoreless 8th inning, keeping the Sox within two. In the home half of the 8th, Juan Uribe's rare patience at the plate allowed him to draw a walk, setting the table for Danny Richar, who drove a 2-2 pitch out of the park, tying the game at 7! The crowd went wild, but that reaction paled in comparison to the one that followed just an inning later.

There had been a couple personal milestones achieved throughout this season up to this point, and Thome was in search of the third achievement of the year. There was no more perfect of a moment than in the bottom of the 9th in a tie game. Darin Erstad entered the game in the 9th as a defensive replacement for Josh Fields and led off with a single, setting the scene for the Man of the Hour. Dustin Moseley went full on Thome. As the crowd watched in anticipation, their cameras in-hand, Thome drove the next pitch he saw to deep left-center, solidifying his place in baseball history. In a moment remeniscent of 2005, the crowd went absolutely wild and the ballpark was up for grabs- you couldn't even hear the scoreboard explode! A celebration commenced at home plate, where Thome's teammates were waiting for him.

On a personal note, I've been fortunate enough to have attended Game 2 of the ALDS & ALCS, and Game 1 of the World Series in 2005, and the last game before the Break when Gene Honda announced that Buehrle had re-signed. The atmosphere after those games was electric and today was no exception. I was also fortunate enough to have been in attendance this afternoon to see one of the nicest & greatest Major Leaguers take his place among the great hitters in the game. Words can't properly describe the atmosphere at U.S. Cellular Field this afternoon, but it's definitely something I'll always remember.

After taking two out of three and winning this weekend's series against the Angels, the Sox leave town with a 5-4 homestand behind them and head to Kansas City for a four-game series at Kauffman Stadium beginning tomorrow night. The Sox will send Javier Vazquez (12-8) to the mound against Kansas City's Kyle Davies (6-13). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10p CDT and the game will be televised on WCIU.

WSI's
Back to the Grind Update:
Thanks to some Grinder Ball in the 7th & 8th innings, the sun-splashed crowd saw a victory!


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