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Late Night Win in Arlington

July 2 at Texas


Immunity:
Pierre
Exiled:
Castro

Juan has a nice three-hit night, while Ramon can't get on base to save his life

Short Take:  Mark Kotsay is the late inning hero as the Sox wait through a 2.5 hour rain delay to beat the Rangers.

Sometimes even a blind squirrel finds a nut. As Kenny Williams continues his search for an upgrade at the DH position for the now-alive Chicago White Sox, Mark Kotsay earned his pay on Friday night. The struggling left-handed utility player, in disguise as a full-time DH, belted a clutch 2-out base hit in the top of the 9th to score two runs and give the Sox a come-from-behind 5-3 victory in Texas.

The win was especially satisfying since the Sox and Texas were notably the two hottest teams in baseball in the 2nd half of June, both running off 11-game winning streaks. The Rangers have played surprisingly good baseball this year in leading the AL West, and the Pale Hose win last night gives credence to their magical turnaround this season.

Freddy Garcia pitched another stellar game. Although he’s not credited with a decision, he held the potent Rangers offense to only three runs and kept the Good Guys in the game. Big-Game Freddy’s only real mistake on the night was serving up a center-cut fastball to Josh Hamilton in the 6th, which was launched for a mammoth solo homerun into the Rangers bullpen, giving Texas a 3-1 lead. Earlier in the game, Alex Rios made a valiant diving attempt to snag a sinking line-drive off the bat of Vlad Guerrero. Rios missed the ball, though, and two Texas runners scored as Vlad hustled into third for a triple, Lance Johnson-style.

The Sox tied the the game at 3-3 in the top of the 7th when Alex Rios took a pitch right back up the middle to score Gordon Beckham, and Paulie Konerko followed Alex with a sac fly to center to drive in Juan Pierre. The 9th inning heroics by Kotsay to give the Sox a 5-3 lead were followed by some stellar pitching by Matt Thornton to mow down the Rangers and earn his 4th save. JJ Putz was the vulture, taking the victory and running his record to 5-2.

WSI's
TBGR Diary:
 The Sox look for their sixth series win in the last seven series with a victory Saturday or Sunday in Texas. Kenny Williams will continue to look for his pre-trade deadline DH win. Go Sox!


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