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The Nightmare Is Over

September 22 at Oakland

Mark Kotsay
Brent Lillibridge

Teahen couldn't have won it if Kotsay hadn't tied it. Lillibridge's throwing error was asinine. It's a short toss from second to first, ya know?

Short Take: The White Sox stage a two-out rally in the ninth inning and snap their eight-game losing streak.

Gotta admit, I was starting to wonder whether the White Sox would win another game this season. On Wednesday afternoon in Oakland, the South Siders found themselves trailing 3-1 after seven innings. They were just six outs away from suffering their ninth consecutive defeat. The Sox haven't had a nine-game losing streak since August of 1991. Fortunately, they still haven't.

The Sox scratched across a run in the eighth, then scored two more in the ninth to overtake the A's and come away with a 4-3 victory. Mark Kotsay and Mark Teahen haven't exactly been fan favorites this season, but the duo were heroes on this day. With the tying run on second base and the Sox down to their final strike, Kotsay lined a single to right field off Oakland reliever Brad Ziegler (3-5) to drive home pinch-runner Alejandro De Aza. That evened the score at 3-3.

With Gordon Beckham pinch-running for Kotsay, Teahen laced a pinch-hit double into the left-center field gap. Beckham raced around the bases to give the Sox what would prove to be the winning run.

Oh, the bottom of the ninth inning didn't pass without the usual drama. When you've been losing like the Sox have been lately, it never comes easy. Left-hander Matt Thornton (4-4), who worked a scoreless eighth inning, retired the first two men in the ninth. Then, Daric Barton poked a base hit into left field. Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen brought in J.J. Putz to face Oakland second baseman Mark Ellis. The move didn't work as Sox-killer Ellis found the hole between third and short for a single. All of a sudden the tying run was in scoring position and the winning run was on first.

Enter Chris Sale. The rookie left-hander struck out pinch-hitter Steve Tollefson to record the final out and secure his third save of the season. Thank goodness.

Sox starter Edwin Jackson turned in a solid outing. He worked seven innings. He gave up three runs - two earned - while allowing just five hits. He struck out six and walked one.

Despite Jackson's efforts, the Sox were down 2-0 after six innings. Dayan Viciedo's two-out RBI single scored Carlos Quentin, who had doubled, in the seventh to put the Sox on the board. A throwing error by Brent Lillibridge cost the Sox a run in the bottom of the inning and made the score 3-1.

The Sox got that run back on a bizarre play in the top of the eighth. With Alexei Ramirez on first base and Juan Pierre on third, Ramirez bit on a first-to-third pickoff move by Ziegler and got caught in a rundown. As the Oakland pitcher was running after Ramirez in an attempt to tag him out, he dropped the ball. Pierre alertly dashed toward the plate and was safe at home on a bang-bang play. The Sox left fielder was credited with a steal of home, his 60th steal of the year. That made the score 3-2 and set the stage for the heroics in the ninth.

At long last, the Sox (80-72) collected their elusive 80th win of the season. After a day off on Thursday, the West Coast swing will continue Friday night in Anaheim. Freddy Garcia (11-6, 4.88 ERA) returns to the mound for the Sox after missing a couple turns in the rotation with back stiffness. The Angels will counter with veteran right-hander Joel Pineiro (10-7, 4.13 ERA). It will be a 9 p.m. start on WGN.

TBGR Diary:
One more win to clinch a .500 season! Hurrah!

submitted by JB98.

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