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A Wise Decision

September 14 vs. Detroit Tigers

"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:
Full House
The Sox answer Tigers' eighth inning slam to seal the victory.

Short Take:   The bullpen did everything they could to give this one away, but Dewayne Wise had other plans.

After waiting over 51 hours to play baseball because of drenching rains in Chicago, the Sox finally got started on Sunday afternoon. They rode the momentum from Javier Vazquez's dominating pitching performance into the nightcap of the straight doubleheader and built a 7-0 lead. Unfortunately for John Danks, who deserved better, the bullpen let him down and allowed the tying run to score in the eighth. But thanks to Dewayne Wise, the Sox eeked out a win, 11-7 and swept the doubleheader.

The Sox started plating runs right away in the first inning. Orlando Cabrera led off with a single to right and after Brian Anderson flied out, Jermaine Dye's base hit moved Cabrera to second. Jim Thome followed with a single to center, scoring Cabrera to give the Sox an early 1-0 lead. The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth when Thome led off the inning with a deep drive to right center that landed in the seats, putting the Sox up 2-0.

Just an inning later, the Sox continued adding to the Run column. With one out, Orlando Cabrera singled to left and came home on Brian Anderson's homerun to center, giving the Sox a 4-0 lead. Jermaine Dye followed with a popout to second, Jim Thome walked, and Alexei Ramirez singled, moving Thome to second. Ken Griffey, Jr. followed with a one-out double to right center, scoring both Thome and Ramirez. It was 6-0 Sox and they still weren't done! After Kenny Rogers was pulled in favor of Chris Lambert, Juan Uribe singled, scoring Junior and the Sox were up 7-0.

Just when it looked as though this would be one of those "laugher" victories, the Sox bullpen came in and the implosion began. Scott Linebrink, who hadn't worked in a week, relieved Danks in the seventh. After Gary Sheffield popped out to first, Marcus Thames singled to left. Ramon Santiago followed with a fielder's choice to second, retiring Thames. Mike Hessman's two-run shot then made it a 7-2 ballgame.

Things got downright ugly in the top of the eighth. Boone Logan relieved Linebrink and promptly gave up a lead-off homerun to Curtis Granderson, trimming the lead to 7-3. It was one-and-done for Logan, so enter D.J. Carrasco, who also didn't retire a batter. He allowed Placido Polanco to reach base via the infield single, and Magglio Ordonez singled to right, moving Polanco over to second. Octavio Dotel relieved Carrasco and promptly walked Miguel Cabrera, loading the bases for Gary Sheffield. Dotel got Sheffield on strikes, but surrendered a grand slam to Marcus Thames and just like that, the game was tied at seven and the boo birds came out.

Those boo birds were quieted quickly, though, as the Sox let their never say die attitude kick in. Bobby Seay came in to pitch the bottom half of the eighth for the Tigers and allowed a lead-off single to Jerry Owens. Juan Uribe sacrified him to second by grounding out to Seay, and Nick Swisher was intentionally walked to get to Toby Hall. It worked, as Hall flied out to right. Kyle Farnsworth relieved Seay and the Sox got to him immediately. Orlando Cabrera reached on an infield single to third, loading the bases for Dewayne Wise, who was called on to pinch-hit for Brian Anderson. Ozzie's decision was a "wise" one, as Dewayne hit a slam to right, putting the Sox up for good, 11-7.

After tonight's exciting win and doubleheader sweep, the Sox look to go into The Big Apple tomorrow night and continue their winning streak during the team's final trip to Yankee Stadium. Mark Buehrle (13-11) looks to feed off his dominating performance from last week against New York's Alfredo Aceves (14-7). The first pitch is set for 6:05p CDT and the game will be broadcast on CSN.

Quest For the Final Table Update:
 Thanks to the Orioles and the Sox's doubleheader sweep, they gained 1 1/2 games in the A.L. Central!

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