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A.J. Stops the Madness

Sept. 9 vs Oakland A's


KW's Daily Special:
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Short Take:A night of offensive frustration ends happily, as A.J. Pierzynski delivers a game-winning double in the 13th inning.

Hey look! A clutch hit! Finally! After 12 innings of total misery with runners in scoring position, White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski sent the fans home happy in the the bottom of the 13th Wednesday with an RBI double that scored Alexei Ramirez from first base and gave the South Siders a 4-3 win over Oakland.

The victory, coupled with Detroit's 5-1 loss to Kansas City, pulls the Sox within 6.5 games of first place with 21 games remaining in the season.

Before Pierzynski's shot off the wall in center, the Sox offense was dreadful. They went 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position and left 14 runners on base. After scoring a run in the first inning and two in the second, the Sox were held off the scoreboard for 10 straight innings by a motley crew collection of eight Oakland pitchers.

The game should have been won in regulation, as Sox right-hander Freddy Garcia delivered his fourth consecutive quality start. He went six innings, allowing just two runs. He left the mound with a 3-2 lead.

However, a perplexing move by manager Ozzie Guillen helped Oakland tie the game in the eighth. With two outs and nobody on, Guillen removed relief ace Matt Thornton in favor of gas can Tony Pena. The worthless righty surrendered a double to Scott Hairston and a game-tying single to Kurt Suzuki. Both hits came on 0-2 pitches and were examples of horrible relief pitching.

Fortunately, Bobby Jenks and Octavio Dotel (3-3) fared better. The duo combined for five innings of scoreless relief, keeping the Sox in the hunt until Pierzynski finally came through in the 13th.

The Sox completed a six-game homestand with a 4-2 record. Next up, an off day followed by a trip to the West Coast -- three in Anaheim and three in Seattle. Gavin Floyd (11-9, 3.84 ERA) will pitch for the Sox Friday night against the Angels. He'll be opposed by lefty Joe Saunders (12-7, 4.97 ERA).

WSI's
Critic's Corner:
Four stars: A.J., Dotel, Jenks and Garcia


submitted by JB98.

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