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Never Fear, the Offense is Here!

June 19, vs. Pittsburgh

"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:
6's Wild!
Yeah, we handed the Pirates 6 gift runs but we got them all back and more!  Whose ready for the Cubs?  KW is!

Short Take:  Pirates score 6 unearned runs in 2nd inning, but Sox come right back, outscoring the Bucs 13-2 the rest of the way to sweep them back to the 'Burgh.

With temperatures pleasantly in the 70's, the sun shining brightly on the Cell, and the Sox coming off two beatings of the hapless Pirates, they entered this afternoon's series finale pretty much at peace with the world, still in command of the widest margin of any Major League division leader and getting into gear for an important, ultrahyped series with the Baby Bears this weekend.  And then, Pablo Ozuna went and nearly ruined it all, pulling Alexei Ramirez off second base on a routine, would-be inning ending ground ball that breathed new life into the Pirates and ultimately lead to 6 unearned runs, jolting the 26,000+ fans in attendance and countless others watching the game on TV back to gloomy reality.  Have no fear, Sox fans, the big bats came out in force, as the Sox scored 6 of their own in the bottom half of the second, and tallied runs in all but 2 of the final 7 frames they batted to put Pittsburgh back in its place with a 13-8 series sweeping win.

Seriously, though, Pablo can't take all the blame for the crooked number the Pirates put on the Sox in the 2nd.  OK, the ground ball that Raul Chaves bounced to him was pretty routine and yes, his throw to second was so terrible Alexei needed every inch of his 6'3'' frame to keep it from flying into shallow right field, but when all was said and done, Gavin Floyd still had 2 outs and only 1 run in.  However, he then proceeded to leave a fastball right over the plate that Nate McLouth drove to the right field wall to plate 3 more runs, and then hung a breaking ball to Freddy Sanchez, a guy hitting .229 on the season and who had 25 career homers coming into today's game, who deposited Floyd's mediocre offering in the Sox bullpen.  Granted, Gavin lowered his ERA to 3.19 by only allowing 1 earned run in 5 2/3 innings of work, but he labored today and struggled with his command.

However, for all the times the Sox pitching staff picked up what has so far been a streaky offense, the bats finally came around to pick up one of their pitchers.  No sooner than you could sit back down and mull the possibility of having to watch the freaking Pirates blow out our beloved, than the gears in the offense started clicking.  The Sox lead off the 2nd with four consecutive hits; a double by Jim Thome, an RBI double by Jermaine Dye, a single by Nick Swisher,  and and RBI singe by Alexei Ramirez.  After Pablo Ozuna made some amends for his error with an RBI single, Orlando Cabrera brought the Sox all the way back with a 3-run bomb to left field that sent everyone into a tizzy.

By this point in time it was pretty evident that the Sox were not going to lose this game.  The Pirates had been given 6 gift runs and the Sox came back and manufactured and mashed their own half-dozen.  Maybe Floyd didn't have his A+ stuff, but he kept the Bucs at bay only allowing one more run in the 4th inning.  The Sox offense, however, kept coming after Phil Dumatrait, scoring a run in the 4th (solo homer courtesy of Jermaine Dye), 5th (RBI single by Jim Thome), and 6th (sac fly by OC).  They broke the game wide open, however, in the 7th.  After John Grabow allowed a single and walked a pair to start the 7th and then went 2-0 on Dye, who turned a belt-high fastball into his 7th career grand slam and a 13-7 lead.

The Pirates added a garbage time run off Adam Russell in the 9th, but that didn't really matter as three key arms in the Sox bullpen, Matt Thornton, Octavio Dotel and Scott Linebrink combined to pitch 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief with 6 strike outs.  The Sox's remarkable comeback definitely feels like one of those season-defining games, much like the walk-off against the Dodgers in 2005 or the "Welcome Home" Standing Ovation in 2000.  At any rate, the Sox can now set their eyes squarely on their crosstown rivals, with whom they start a 3-game series tomorrow (in case you were unaware).  The first installment of the Red Line rivalry starts tomorrow at 1:20 PM at Wrigley Field as John Danks squares off with Ted Lilly and the first-place Cubs.  The game will be aired on Comcast Sports Net.

Quest For the Final Table Update:
 Pablo and Gavin suffer huge early beats, but the rest of the team picks them up for a hefty win.

submitted by doublem23.

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Jermaine Dye

Paced the offense with an RBI double, solo home run, and grand slam to account for almost 1/2 of today's runs.

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