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 2000 CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

6 of 7 from Champs!

(June 25, 2000)

The Chicago White Sox completed their last regular season game against the New York Yankees with an 8-7 victory Sunday afternoon in front of 40,817 Sox fans.  They took the season series 8 games to 4, which included 6 of 7 victories the past two weeks.  If there is any team the White Sox resemble, it's the soft-spoken, multi-talented world champions.  Is it more than just wishful thinking that our Sox will meet these guys again next October?  Let's hope so!

This was the rubber game of the the three game set and as has been the case with most games their critics label "the next test" for our Pale Hose, Jerry's team came out swinging early.  Tony Graffanino got the start at second base to give Ray Durham an extra day's rest.  He singled in the first inning off Yankee starter Andy Pettitte, followed by a similar feat by Frank Thomas.  Next up was Magglio Ordonez who is building a strong case for selection to the A.L. all-star team.  He tripled home both runs to give the Sox an early 2-0 lead.

The Sox scored two more in the third when Jose Valentin (2 for 4 with 2 runs in a rare start as lead off man), Graffanino doubled, and Paul Konerko's single drove them both in.  Graffanino made the case for more than limited platoon duty, going 3 for 3 in the #2 slot and scoring three runs.  We got this guy for Tanyon Sturtze!

Two more Sox runs scored in the sixth off Konerko's fielder's choice and Jeff Abbott's single.  Magglio Ordonez wasn't done doing damage either, smashing a two-run dinger off Yankee reliever Jason Grimsley.  He finished 2 for 3 with four runs driven in.  It was 8-1 Sox after eight innings.

Sox starter Mike Sirotka worked well with the lead given him.  He struck out five Yankees and walked nobody through eight full innings work.  He allowed just one earned run and lowered his ERA to 4.01 -- and he's considered no better than our #3 pitcher.  Keith Foulke would normally spend a game like this chewing sunflower seeds in the bullpen, but Jerry Manuel wanted to give his closer some work.  Monday is an off day and the Sox closer hardly needs (or wants) four days rest.  Unfortunately, nothing went right for Keith and he was finally pulled after 2/3rds of an inning and allowing six Yankee runs.  Bob Howry struck out the one batter he faced and ended the game for the save. 

Monday is an off day for the Sox.  Tuesday Minnesota come to town with the enigmatic Joe May starting for the Twinkies.  This guy has our number.  It would be a real bummer to lose to this punk after the stretch our guys have been through.  Swing your clubs, cast your lines and think about knocking this pest out of the game early.

 

Back to 2000 Champions!

 



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