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C.J. Jolts Game Winner!

(August 1, 2000)

After a day of hand wringing in some quarter over the slow pace in which the two ex-Orioles joined their new teammates, we can safely say the fussing is over.  Charles Johnson stepped up and cranked a ninth inning game winning homerun for our Chicago White Sox, sending his new team to a 4-3 victory in Texas.

James Baldwin had been the victim of ineffective relief work the prior half-inning.  Holding a 3-1 lead.  Baldwin walked the leadoff man and was pulled for Kelly Wunsch with runners at first and second and just one out.  Wunsch got the second out but walked the bases full.   Jerry Manuel went to the bullpen again for Bob Howry to face Gabe Kapler.  Kapler drove a 1-2 pitch to left field scoring two runs and tying the game.  Baldwin lost his chance at his thirteenth win and Howry was saddled with his fourth blown save.

With Paul Konerko nursing a bruised hand, the Sox utilized a very different line up.  Frank Thomas played first base while newcomer Harold Baines DHed and batted fifth behind Magglio Ordonez.  Herbert Perry moved up to the sixth spot while the struggling Chris Singleton dropped to #8.  True to his word, Manuel avoided moving Carlos Lee up from the #7 spot, having publicly speculated the leftfielder was ready yet to handle the "pressure" of a higher spot in the line up.  Newcomer Charles Johnson  was slotted in the #9 spot, a potent bat for the weakest slot in the line up.  It's testament to how lethal the Sox line up has now become that Manuel can afford to make such a move.

Still, the Sox scuffled to score runs.  Jose Valentin got the team out to an early lead, driving in Ray Durham with an rbi-single in the third inning.  They didn't score again until the eighth inning when Magglio Ordonez and Harold Baines each batted in a run with two out.  

Say what you will about the game Charles Johnson called for James Baldwin.  It was the first time in weeks JB didn't give up a homerun.  He lasted 7.1 innings striking out five and walking two.  It was Johnson too that sat on John Wetteland's first pitch and drove over the high and deep left field wall at the Ballpark at Arlington.  And finally it was Johnson who pegged the throw to Valentin at secondbase to pick off the Texas runner who slid over the bag for the second out of the ninth inning.  Worth the wait, Sox fans?

A tasty victory to savor.  Can't wait for the next one.  


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