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Extra Inning Glory!

(July 5, 2000)

A tough chance error nearly turned Sox starter Jim Parque into the losing pitcher Wednesday night in Kansas City, but these White HOT Sox wouldn't let it happen.  A hard-fought 6-3 victory came after umpiring gaffes and late-inning heroics.  The Sox come back to Chicago taking two of three from the Royals.

The game started well enough.  Chris Singleton slid into home safe in the second inning on Carlos Lee's sacrifice to score the Sox's first run, and non all-star Frank Thomas batted in Ray Durham with the team's second run in the third inning.  

Meanwhile Parque looked great, allowing just three hits through three scoreless innings, Parque was finally touched for two runs to tie the game at 2-2 in the fourth inning.  A fielding error to the leadoff man in the sixth inning committed by Jose Valentin led to an unearned run and seemingly another tough luck loss for our Pale Hose.  Kansas City has given us more trouble than any other club in the league, and digging and scratching for runs sometimes takes on the appearance of running in quick sand for our Fight Sox.  

That's why Paul Konerko's two-out solo homerun was so key.  It tied the game at 3-3 and showed why this team has the best record in baseball. Bill Simas had pitched one scoreless inning of relief, and Bob Howry repeated the feat for two innings, sending the game into extra frames.

Keith Foulke pitched the tenth in relief of Simas.  The Royals had bases loaded with just one out in their half of the eleventh, but Foulke induced a grounder up the middle which Ray Durham turned into a nifty inning-ending double play.

The Fight Sox should have ended it in the twelfth inning but the first-base umpire skunked us on an inning-ending double play that wasn't -- Magglio Ordonez clearly beating the throw which should have permitted Durham to score the go-ahead run.   In fact the second basemen turning the double play was at least two feet from the bag when he caught the ball and relayed it to first.  It's a tough night when the Royals get two outs that never were on a single play!

Now knowing they couldn't count on the umpires to get things right, the Sox took matters into their own hands in the thirteenth.  With two out Chris Singleton bolted for second base.  The Royals guessed right and had the pitch out called, but Singleton still beat the throw!  That was enough to rattle KC reliever Doug Bochtler.  Two pitches later he served one to Herbert Perry which landed so far beyond the left field wall, the umpires couldn't possibly rule it a ground-rule double.  Then the Fight Sox made double-sure of the victory when the next batter Mark Johnson sent one into a shallow orbit landing deep in Kansas City's bullpen.  None of the Royals relievers had the presence of mind to catch Johnson's ball, so the umpires ruled a homerun on this one, too.  Kelly Wunsch sends the Royals down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and the Sox bust out of Kansas City with a hard-fought 6-3 victory.

An awesome victory by an awesome team.  It's a great time to be a Sox Fan!


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