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caulfield12
08-18-2006, 06:34 PM
Mark Grudzielanek (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5359) was intentionally walked to load the bases in the ninth inning with the White Sox protecting a one-run lead against the Royals. Ozzie Guillen's strategy worked when Mike Sweeney (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5521) grounded into a game-ending double play. Only two other American League players ended a game this season by grounding into a double play with the tying run on third base: Jason Giambi (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5386) on May 26 and Garret Anderson (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5289) on May 28.

Here's what made Guillen's decision so daring: Sweeney entered that at-bat with a .417 career batting average with the bases loaded, the highest mark for any active player with at least 75 at-bats with the bases full.

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southside rocks
08-18-2006, 06:43 PM
Did not know that -- interesting!

I did know that Sweeney hits the Sox really well. Did you read what Jenks said in the paper about the walk the bases full and pitch to Sweeney move? He said "I'm like, oh good, this guy only hits about .900 against me." Made me laugh when I read it.

Crede made Ozzie look brilliant.

slobes
08-18-2006, 07:34 PM
Yeah not to mention Sweeney is like 3 for 6 lifetime against Bobby or something. Glad to see the strategy worked.

nebraskasox
08-18-2006, 08:08 PM
Grudzielanek had been killing the Sox and Sweeney hasn't hit that well coming off the DL. So there was some logic there - and it worked.

Britt Burns
08-18-2006, 10:34 PM
Gutsy move by Ozzie...few managers would have had the stones to do something like that.

DSpivack
08-18-2006, 11:13 PM
Gutsy move by Ozzie...few managers would have had the stones to do something like that.

Runners on 2nd and 3rd (or was it just 2nd? Anyway, doesn't really change the situation) with one out? I would think most managers would put a runner on to have a force at any base.

Britt Burns
08-18-2006, 11:35 PM
Runners on 2nd and 3rd (or was it just 2nd? Anyway, doesn't really change the situation) with one out? I would think most managers would put a runner on to have a force at any base.

I mean walking a guy like Grud to get to Sweeney, who has in the past been a Sox killer and the Royals best hitter. Yes, he's been hurt and has had a crummy season, but still, I think most managers out there wouldn't make that move.

BadBobbyJenks
08-19-2006, 12:07 AM
pretty sure sweeney wasnt hitting 417 with the bases loaded coming off the dl...grudz has been killing us i thought it was a tough but right decision regardless of how it played out

Viva Medias B's
08-19-2006, 12:27 AM
When the Sox intentionally walked Grudzielanek to face Sweeney, my immediate thought was that line from Major League 2.

"Jenks is intentionally walking Grudzielanek, so Guillen's obviously thinking...I don't know what the hell he's thinking."