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StatManDu
05-07-2008, 08:19 AM
CATCHING UP -- THIS DATE IN WHITE SOX HISTORY: MAY 3-6/HIGHLIGHTS

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MAY 3RD
THE PABLO OZUNA SHOW
2006: Pablo Ozuna made his first big league home run count in the White Sox 6-5 win in 11 innings over the Seattle Mariners before 27,569 at US Cellular Field. Ozuna forced extra innings with the pinch-hit blast off Eddie Guardado with the Sox one out away from blowing a game in which they had led 4-1 after seven innings. In the 11th, Ozuna struck again with two outs – this time with a double. Ozuna then scored the winning run when Juan Uribe followed with a single.

MAY 4TH
CISCO KID WAS A FRIEND OF MINE
1968: In Bill Melton’s debut game, Cisco Carlos was the star as the White Sox took care of the New York Yankees 4-1 before 3,872 at Comiskey Park. Carlos, in the midst of a tough-luck campaign, turned in eight sterling innings for his victory. The right-hander gave up one run on one hit with one strikeout in the 2 hour, 4 minute affair. Carlos held the Yankees hitless until two out remained in the seventh when Mickey Mantle singled. Carlos walked the first batter he faced in the ninth and was replaced by Bob Locker, who gave up a double and a sacrifice fly before betting Roy White to line into a double play to end it. Carlos finished the year 4-14 but with a more than respectable 3.90 ERA. Melton went 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly that scored the Sox second run and his first Major League hit --a leadoff single in the seventh.

MAY 5TH
PETERS SLAMS YANKEES
1968: Gary Peters’ grand slam, just the second in White Sox history by a pitcher, and Ken Berry’s solo home run powered the White Sox to a 5-1 win over the Yankees in the first game of a doubleheader before 9,827 at Comiskey Park. Berry’s homer came in the third and put the Sox ahead 1-0. Peters’ blast came an inning later and scored Tommy Davis, Duane Josephson and Buddy Bradford. Peters’ grand slam was the last by a White Sox pitcher and the first since Tommy Byrne accomplished the feat as a pinch-hitter May 16, 1953. The Sox lost the second game 4-1. Gary Peters went 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter in the nightcap.

MAY 6TH
NICHOLSON GOES UP ON THE ROOF
1964: Dave Nicholson’s roof shot homer was part of a huge day as the White Sox swept a doubleheader from Kansas City before 14,707 at Comiskey Park. Nicholson hit two homers, including the third roof shot homer by a Sox player in Comiskey Park history, and drove in three in a 6-4 win in Game 1. Some claim that Nicholson’s “roofer” may have been the longest home run in baseball history. The ball was retrieved in Armour Park. If the ball did not hit the roof, it would have traveled 573-feet, eight more feet than Mickey Mantle’s record blast in Washington. However, some sitting in the left field upper deck claim they heard the ball hit the roof. In the nightcap, Nicholson, Floyd Robinson and Minnie Minoso homered in an 11-4 victory.