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Worth the Wait

April 24, vs. New York

"These ain't your daddy's White Sox... We're going to keep going after a championship as aggressively as we can."

KW's Hole Cards:
Pair of 9's
Not great cards, but gutsy performance by Floyd and clutch hitting of Crede allow KW to play to a winner in the end.

Short Take:   Sox fans go home happy, despite two rain delays, as Mr. Clutch, Joe Crede doubles home winning run in  7-6 win.

In the wee hours of the night, it looked like the Sox had found another way to stumble to the New York Yankees.  In what many fans had dubbed "their first real test of the season," the White Sox looked inferior to the Eastern juggernaut in every phase of the game.  Starting pitching?  Bullpen?  Offense?  Despite an 11-9 record and game and a half lead in the division entering the day, more than a few members of Sox fandom were looking for any excuse to jump off the ledge.  Despite a mortal outing from Gavin Floyd and another forgettable outing from the bullpen, Joe Crede doubled home the game winner in the 9th inning for a 7-6 White Sox winner!

After dominating the Tigers and Orioles in his first three starts of the season, Floyd struggled much more with a well-tuned offense and a slick mound.  However, despite a 51 minute rain delay in the middle of the third inning, Gavin pitched 6 innings, allowing 5 runs, but more disturbing, walking 4.  Floyd struggled with his command, especially out of the stretch, and had to have the grounds crew lay down absorbent more than once.  In the third, after walking the bases loaded, Derek Jeter hit a sacrifice fly to score Jason Giambi from third (though he was almost gunned down at the plate by Jermaine Dye to end the inning).  One batter later, Bobby Abreu rocked a double off the top of the left field wall to put the Yankees up 3-0.  After the inning the skies opened up, to add insult to injury.  Floyd would also allow a 2-run homer to Melky Cabrera in the sixth.  While his line won't jump off the page at you, his effort to go six innings saved an already taxed bullpen, which would prove to be huge.

Phil Hughes, the newest Yankee wunderkind, however, did not survive the rain delay, which was good for the Sox, who once again struggled against a young pitcher they'd never seen before.  He was relieved by Ross Ohlendorf, who worked an easy 1-2-3 inning in the third, but completely fell apart in the fourth.  Orlando Cabrera started the rally with a 1-out infield single and moved to second on a walk to Jim Thome.  Back-to-back singles by Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye plated a pair of runs, and a double by A.J. Pierzynski scored Konerko for a 3-3 tie.  Jermaine would score by beating a throw to the plate on Carlos Quentin's sharp grounder to third, and Alexei Ramirez dropped a ground rule double into the right field corner that scored Pierzynski, but not Quentin (remember that part, it gets big later).  The Sox kept their foot on the gas pedal for one more inning, as Jim Thome hit a solo home run off LaTroy Hawkins, but just as soon as it appeared, the White Sox offense vanished, as Hawkins, Kyle Farnsworth, and Joba Chamberlain retired 10 of the next 11 batters they faced from the sixth to eighth innings.

After Floyd left with a 6-5 lead, Ozzie Guillen once again called on his bullpen, who struggled in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees.  Matt Thornton got a pair of quick outs before losing his command, allowing a single and walk to Abreu and Hideki Matsui.  Scott Linebrink was called to end the threat, but after getting ahead of Morgan Ensberg 0-2, he pitched his way to a full count before allowing a single up the middle of the infield to plate the tying run, and deflating what remained of the crowd of 27,000-plus.  Linebrink did end the inning with no more damage and Boone Logan worked an easy 1-2-3 8th inning, but drama crept back during the ninth.  A lead-off single by The Captain and a 1-out single by Matsui surely flashed many Sox fans back to maddening thoughts of 2007 and the endless ways the bullpen found to blow leads.  Not tonight, Bobby Jenks came on and induced the 4-6-3 double play from pinch hitter Jorge Posada.

In the ninth, the Sox finally got to Joba... Pierzynski lead off with a fly ball that traveled roughly 397 feet; unfortunately to the part of the park that's 400 feet deep.  Carlos Quentin, however, doubled off the wall in left field, and Joe Crede brought him around with a single to left-center, as Quentin slid past the strong, but inaccurate throw from Melky Cabrera.  Sleep easy tonight, Sox fans, you earned it.  It may not have pretty, or brief, but a 7-6 walk-off winner is just what the doctor ordered.

With the Yankees leaving town until 2009, the Sox welcome the Baltimore Orioles for a 4-game set this weekend.  Mark Buehrle is on the hill for the Pale Hose in the Opener, facing young lefty Brian Burress.  First pitch is 7:11 PM, and the game can be seen on Comcast Sports Net Plus.

Quest For the Final Table Update:
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