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First-Place Sox Bomb Yanks!

(May 23, 2000)

Welcome back, Brook Fordyce.  Hurt in Arizona before the Sox had played a single exhibition game, the Sox regular catcher made his 2000 season debut a memorable one, drilling a two-run shot off Roger Clemens and leading our Pale Hose to an impressive 8-2 victory over the world champion Yankees. 

The Sox erupted for five home runs off New York's pitchers.  Jose Valentin started things in the first inning with a solo homer.  The Yankees came back and took the lead in the third inning stringing together three singles for two runs off Sox starter Kip Wells.  New York is a champion team, but the Sox had the answer.  Frank Thomas got an rbi single to tie the game at 2 in the bottom of the frame.  

The fourth inning was decisive.  With two out and two on, Brook Fordyce jumpstarted a Sox line up that has sputtered for most of May.  Ray Durham followed with a solo shot of his own to make it 6-2 Sox.  Paul Konerko and Magglio Ordonez each added solo shot homers in the fifth and seventh innings respectively.  You almost felt sorry for the Yankees -- almost. (heh, heh)

It was an incredibly balanced Sox attack for a change.  All the starters had at least one hit including Greg Norton who left the game after hurting his ankle sliding back into first base on a pickoff play.  Though he could run, he was taken out of the game for Herbert Perry.

Not to be overlooked was the fine return performance of rookie Kip Wells.  He battled all night, completing 6-2/3rd innings, allowing two runs and nine hits.  Wells struck out seven, and walked just three.  He looked more like the phenom of 1999 in this start than any other he's made since spring training.  Kelly Wunsch and Sean Lowe teamed up to finish off the Sox victory, not allowing a single hit through the last 2-1/3rd innings.  

A duel of southpaws tomorrow at Comiskey, Mike Sirotka versus Andy Pettitte.  Cleveland and Kansas City both lost.  That's a shame.  (heh heh)


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