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May 23 vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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

KW's Hand
Thome and Crede: Fold in the 9th

Short Take:   Angels win the World Series by ending the Pale Hose eight game winning streak. Bush League MVP Francisco Rodriguez still celebrating his save on Rush Street.

The Angels (29-21) put an end to the White Sox eight game winning streak tonight in front of a chilly crowd at US Cellular Field. The defeat, the first since last Tuesday for the Sox, reduces their American League Central lead to 2.5 games over the Twins and drops their season record to 26-21.

Joe Saunders was the winning pitcher tonight for the Halos, upping his record to a phenomenal 8-1 on the season and placing him at the head of the early AL Cy Young race. Saunders was at times un-hittable against Sox batters, doing a nice job of changing speeds and keeping the hitters off-balance. Gavin Floyd (4-3) earned the loss while pitching a gem for the Pale Hose, scattering three hits while pitching a complete game.

Floyd’s only hiccup occurred in the top of the 5th inning. After holding the Angels hitless through 4.1 innings, Sox-killer Torii Hunter hit a first pitch fastball into the leftfield seats to put LAA on the board. Floyd lost his concentration after that, as the Angels scored two additional runs on only one hit. Floyd walked Mike Napoli, gave up a base hit to Robb Quinlan, walked Sean Rodriguez, and then hit Maicer Izturis and Gary Matthews Jr. consecutively to give them two very cheap RBI‘s. Although the mental lapse in the 5th cost him the win, Floyd encouragingly recovered and only allowed two base runners for the remainder of the game while also giving the Sox bullpen a much-needed rest.

Saunders owned the Sox until the bottom of the 9th when the Good Guys started a late charge. Orlando Cabrera led off the inning with a base-hit. Saunders stayed in to retire lefty-hitting AJ Pierzynski, who moved OC over to 2nd on a fielder‘s choice groundout. With one down, Mike Scioscia called for the Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez. K-Rod quickly melted down by walking Carlos Quentin and giving up an RBI-single to Jermaine Dye, cutting the LAA lead to 3-1. With TCQ on third and pinch runner DeWayne Wise on first, Jim Thome came up to the plate as the winning run, but he had no chance against K-Rod. With two outs, Joe Crede had a chance to live up to his reputation as a late inning hero, but tonight was not the night, as K-Rod got the K and celebrated winning the World Series.

The Sox hope to start another 8-game winning streak tomorrow as they play the Angels, with a 2:55 afternoon start at the Cell. John Danks (3-3, 2.94 ERA) tees it up against Jered Weaver, who has given the Sox some trouble in the past. Weaver shut down the Sox last week by allowing one lousy hit over seven innings, and his career record is 2-0 at the Cell. Hopefully the Sox can get to Weaver in this ALCS preview. Go Sox!

Quest For the Final Table Update:
  The Sox were laying low for Joe Saunders. We'll get him in the ALCS like we did Escobar.

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