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Little Guys Come Up Big

June 30 at Colorado Rockies

Levels Finished:
Peavy lost his footing early, but recovered and Pierre and Beckham broke many barrels to clear the path ahead, chasing away the Rockies.

Short Take:Oft-maligned Pierre and Beckham shut the doubters up for at least one day, allowing the Sox to leave Colorado on a Rocky Mountain High.

Looking at the lineup that your friend and mine Ozzie Guillen had put out there for the final tiff of this three-game series with the Colorado Rockies, one couldn't help but think that Guillen officially has said "forget this, I want out". Pierre-Vizquel-Rios(!)-Dunn(!!)-Teahen(!!!)-Ramirez-Castro-Beckham-Peavy was how Ozzie filled out the lineup card, and many people were ready to string Ozzie up on the old oak tree (myself included), while others wondered if Ozzie got his hands on Jerry Manuel's old "Insta-Lineup" machine the Sox stashed in storage after Manuel was unceremoniously canned in 2003. However, after seeing leadoff man Pierre and Gordon Beckham provide the bulk of the offense in the Pale Hose's 6-4 10-inning win over the Rockies, Ozzie can play the "mad genius" card, and also has an excuse to play Pierre in every game from here on out.

Jake Peavy, the starter for the Sox, got off to a rather unfortunate start as Rockies All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki ended a 12-pitch battle by depositing a three-run moon shot over the center field wall, putting Peavy behind the eight-ball early. For a while, it looked as if that blast would be more than enough for the Rockies against this often-offensively challenged White Sox squad. However, some unlikely heroes stepped up and said "Not this time, suckas." After Rockies starter Aaron Cook was taken out to begin the seventh with a 4-1 lead in favor of former Indian Rafael Betancourt, Beckham promptly greeted him with a leadoff bomb to right center, cutting the deficit in half. The Rockies would use 3 relievers that 7th inning, but would hold the Sox down...for now. In the 8th, the Sox would find themselves with runners on first and third with Beckham up again, and he came through once more, driving in Alexei Ramirez and advancing A.J. Pierzynski to third to bring the score to 4-3. After Paul Konerko (pinch hitting for Will Ohman) got a free pass to first, Juan Pierre would knot the score at 4 with a sac fly to bring home A.J. Well, hello, fundamentals, nice to see you come the Sox' way.

Chris Sale and Jesse Crain did an admirable job holding down the fort to force extras, which haven't been kind to the Sox in recent times. In the Sox half of the 10th, Ramirez would start the festivities with a leadoff double, and after an A.J. infield single and Beckham reaching base on an error while attempting to sacrifice, Paulie found himself in a bases loaded, no out situation. However, Paulie must have remembered that he plays for the White Sox, and grounded into a fielder's choice, the Rockies electing to cut down Ramirez at home. That left Pierre at the dish, and that sickening feeling once again popped up that the Sox would somehow squander this chance...and just like everyone expected, he would crush a two-run single to put the Sox on top for good. Wait, what? Sergio Santos would come in to shut the door emphatically in the bottom of the 10th, allowing the Sox to escape the Mile-High City with a hard fought, well-earned victory. Excelsior, gentlemen.

The Sox now get to head up to the North Side to take on the Cubs in historic Wrigley Field, where if the food doesn't kill you, the crappy baseball surely will. Edwin Jackson (4-6, 4.13) takes the hill for the Sox, while Randy Wells (1-2, 6.25) goes for the Cubbies. Which team will continue their winnng ways? Will the Sox win the BP Crosstown Cup for a record-setting second year in a row? Better yet, will anyone care? Many answers will be revealed this weekend at the Urinal. Now as far as today's lineup goes, Ozzie, a phrase from the classic baseball film "Major League" sums up my feelings (slightly paraphrased): "Nice job, Ace. Don't ever @%$!%@ do it again."

Ozzio's Game Rant:
"See, dis strategy is to lull the opponent to sleep, then strike when he least expect it. I'm like a %^@#%^# cobra, mang."

submitted by MtGrnwdSoxFan.

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Decides that he can play some power ball, as he drives in 3, including the game-winning two-RBI single. Can't argue with that.

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