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Late Night Heroics!

August 5, vs. Detroit 

"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:
The Dirty 30
Probably not an actual poker hand, but it should be now.

Short Take: Bullpen looks strong and Nick Swisher caps 14th inning comeback with a 2-out, 3-run homer to top Detroit.

As we're all well aware, in the few weeks since the All-Star Break, the Sox bullpen has been the team's Achilles' Heel, unraveling from one of the most dependable in the Majors, to a collection of injured, overused, mismanaged, or otherwise wildly ineffective collection of relievers.  Not tonight!  When Gavin Floyd departed without recording an out in the 5th, the struggling bullpen would need a good night, but after the Sox and Tigers battled for almost 5 hours and into 6 extra innings, a Herculean effort was needed, and they answered the call, as the Sox beat Detroit 10-8 Tuesday to start their homestand off right.

Floyd just didn't have it tonight.  After surrendering a 2-run homer in the 1st to Placido Polanco, he looked like he had settled down, pitching over a throwing error in the 2nd and keeping the always dangerous Detroit offense in check long enough for A.J. Pierzynski to push across the first Pale Hose run of the night in the 3rd on an RBI ground out that cut the deficit in half.  However, the wheels came off the Floyd-Mobile in the 5th, when he allowed a cycle to the 1st four batters of the inning; a double to Edgar Renteria, 2-run homer to Curtis Granderson, triple to Placido Polanco (though, that was thanks to a misplay by Ken Griffey, Jr. in center), and single to Carlos Guillen pushed Detroit's lead to 5-1 and caused acting manager Joey Cora to pull his starter after only 88 pitches.

Though Ehren Wassermann would allow another run to score in the frame, from then on out, the Sox bullpen pitched magnificently.  Wassermann, Boone Logan, and D.J. Carrasco combined to keep Detroit off the scoreboard while the White Sox offense chipped away at Nate Robertson and the Tiger lead.  Paul Konerko connected for a 2-run homer to left in the 6th, Carlos Quentin homered in the 7th to cut the lead to 1, and in the 8th, Alexei Ramirez brought the Good Guys all the way back with a line drive homer that just cleared the wall in left field.

And then... The wait began.  Bobby Jenks pitched a scoreless 9th and Kyle Farnsworth responded by keeping the Sox off the board, as well (despite the fact that Orlando Cabrera advanced to 2nd base).  Octavio Dotel has a perfect 10th and Fernando Rodney mowed down the Sox.  Matt Thornton relieved Dotel with 1 out in the 11th and threw one of the best games he's had since he joined the Sox. retiring the first 8 batters he faced.  However, Cora kept Thornton in just a bit, too long, and the gassed lefty allowed a 2-run homer to Polanco in the top of the 14th.  Adam Russell retired the next to Tigers, but the damage was done.

Enter, Joel Zumaya, Detroit's hard-throwing, intimidating righty who routinely touched triple digits on the radar as a rookie in 2006.  With Orlando Cabrera at 1st and 1 out, Carlos Quentin ripped a double to right that put the tying run in scoring position.  Jermaine Dye grounded into what looked like a routine play at short, but Edgar Renteria couldn't handle the barehand, allowing Cabrera to score and Dye reach first safely, and extending the game.  When Jim Thome struck out with the tying run 90 feet from paydirt, it all seemed lost, but Nick Swisher became the hero of the night, launching a homer into the right field stands and sending the Sox fans who waited out the nearly 5-hour game into a frenzy.

Coupled with the Mariners' comeback win over Minnesota, the Sox regain sole possession of first place in the Central.  The White Sox and Tigers will do it again, at 7:11 PM Wednesday night, with John Danks set to take the hill against Justin Verlander.  The game will be on Comcast Sports Net.

Quest For the Final Table Update: 
A wasted opportunity, but at least the Sox can leave Minnesota in first place.  After this weekend, the Sox are home for 16 of their next 23 games while Minnesota only has 9 home dates left in August.

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