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A Comeback Victory for the Sox over the Rockies!

June 13 vs. Colorado

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

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Short Take:   Podsednik tries to haunt the Pale Hose on Friday the 13th

The Sox picked up tonight where they left off as they returned home to US Cellular Field to defeat the defending National League Champion Colorado Rockies by a score of 5-4. With their victory tonight, the Sox improve their 2008 inter-league record to 4-0. More impressively, the victory is the 9th straight home win for the Sox, dating back to their Sunday night walk-off victory over the Angels on May 25th, and also their 21st win out of 30 home contests- one of the top three home records in baseball. The AL Central-leading Sox maintain their 5.5 game lead over Minnesota tonight, as the Twins were also winners by defeating the Brewers.

The first six and a half innings of the game resembled an old-fashioned home run derby. Both starting pitchers (Jeff Francis (2-6) for the Rockies and Gavin Floyd (7-3) for the Sox) pitched well, but their mistakes were hit hard for solo homers.

The Rockies drew blood off Floyd in the top of the 3rd with Ian Stewart’s 2nd homer of the year to give the Rockies an early 1-0 lead. Orlando Cabrera countered in the bottom of the 4th, going deep off Francis to tie the game at 1-1. The Sox took the lead in the bottom of the 5th when Brian Anderson hit a bomb into the leftfield stands, giving the Sox a 2-1 lead. However, the Rockies quickly battled back in the top of the 6th, taking a 3-2 lead on solo homers by Ian Stewart (his 2nd of the game and 3rd of the season) and 2005 Would Series nemesis Willie Tavares (his first of the year).

The Rockies increased their lead to 4-2 in the top of the 7th with a solo homer by Brad Hawpe. Up to this point, amazingly, all six runs in the game had been scored on solo homers, while there had only been seven hits in the game (the only non-HR hit was a single by Konerko in the bottom of the 4th). The Good Guys showed their fighting spirit in the bottom of the 7th. After a single to lead off the inning by Jermaine Dye, both Nick Swisher and Joe Crede walked. With the bases loaded, Juan Uribe (playing in his first game in nearly a month) singled up the middle to score Dye and Swish to even the score at 4-4. Later in the inning, on a two-out smash off the bat of AJ Pierzynski, some extra hustle by Orlando Cabrera going into the 2nd resulted in a safe-call, allowing Juan Uribe to score from the third and give the Sox the 5-4 lead.

Scotty Linebrink pitched a brilliant 8th inning to hold lead, setting up Bobby Jenks for the save opportunity in the 9th. Jenks retired the first two batters before Brad Hawpe lined a single to left-field. With Hawpe as the tying run, Clint Hurdle sent Scott Podsednik out to pinch hit. In a bizarro-world moment, Bobby Jenks came very close to picking off Pods at first base, but Pods eventually stole second off AJ and advanced to third on a throwing error. But never fear, Jenks blew a 97-mph fastball past Chris Iannetta to strike him out and secure the Sox victory. Whew.

It was an encouraging comeback for the White Sox tonight after such a disappointing road-trip. Hopefully the Good Guys can continue to win the close games. The series continues tomorrow night at the Cell with a 6:05pm start and Johnny Danks (4-4) on the mound versus Jorge De La Rosa (1-3). Continue dominating the NL…

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  Sox maintain a 5.5 game lead in the AL Central by beating the teams they're supposed to beat.


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