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Big Bats in the Bronx

May 1st against the New York Yankees

Andruw Jones
Scott Linebrink

Andruw, we had no idea you'd be so comfy here. Eight homers already! But Linebrink -- talk about being in the right place at the right time! Gives away the lead but still gets the win.

Short Take:Despite giving away the lead in the middle of the game, Scott Linebrink picks up the win as the White Sox Beat the Yankees 7-6.

"If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere," crooned Frank Sinatra. He was singing about New York, where everything seems bigger just because they say so.

The White Sox took that sentiment to heart today, holding on (in spite of themselves) for a 7-6 win over the annoying, exhausting, obnoxious, New York Yankees. John Danks was not his usual sharp self, but he held the Metropolils Millionaires to 2 runs in five innings of work. Scott Linebrink, today's exasperating exemplar, came into the game in the sixth and threw batting practice, allowing three consecutive singles and a homerun to unlamented White Sox noisemaker Nick Swisher. A.J. Pierzynski, who apparently located the instruction manual for his bat, hit a 2-run double in the seventh to put the Sox back in the lead to stay.

Danks mound opponent in Yankee pajamas was Javier Vazquez, who hasn't gotten any better under pressure since he left Chicago. He lasted only three innings, giving up 5 runs, all earned. A parade of Yankee releivers followed with mixed results.

Here's how it went down: in the top of the first inning, Andruw Jones hit his 7th homer of the season to put the Sox up 1-0. This was followed in the Sox' second inning with another run scoring on a sacrifice fly by Omar Vizquel. Should've been more runs, as the Sox had the bases loaded with no outs, but Juan Pierre popped up (of course), and A.J. Pierzynski got caught between second and third after Vizquel's sac fly. Grumble...

Another Sox run in the third as Andruw Jones homers again -- welcome to Chicago, Mr. Jones. The Yankees came back in the third with one run of their own, as Danks gave up a single to Brett Gardner, a walk to Derek Jeter, and a 2-out single to Mark Teixeira. Could've been worse. 3-1 Sox after three innings. The Sox looked strong in the fourth, as A.J. singled and Mark Kotsay homered, hastening Vazquez's departure. 5-1 Sox after four, and things are looking good.

The Gotham Grandees picked up a run in their half of the fifth, after Danks loaded the bases. Alex Rodriguez grounded out to short, scoring Jeter. Danks got out of that with minimal damage and we all heaved a sigh of relief with the Sox up 5-2. But as described earlier in this essay, Scott Linebrink came in to pitch the sixth and gave away the store, allowing four Yankee runs to put the Sinatra Wannabes in the lead 6-5. It might not have been so annoying had it been anyone else but Swisher putting them over the top.

Ah, but also as mentioned earlier, A.J. Pierzynski, who had an encouraging 3-for-4 day at the plate, hit the 2-run double to put the Sox back in the lead 7-6. Randy Williams and J.J. Putz bailed out Linebrink, keeping the Yankers off the board in the seventh and eighth. And Big Bad Bobby Jenks, looking like the big bad boy we've come to know, gave up a two-out single to Hey-Rod but picked up his 5th save nonetheless. And in an ironic bit of baseball fortune, Linebrink gets the win.

It's back in the House That Ruth Didn't Build tomorrow. C'mon, gents: you've made it there, so you can make it anywhere.

TBGR Diary:
Scott Linebrink will be okay. But I've got to ask -- why is Juan Pierre playing Major League Baseball?

submitted by tebman.

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