Sox erupt; Tribe roadkill
Short Take: Big day for Biddle and
the Milkman, too
This game was different. Even before it started, this game was
different. The Chicago White Sox took the Cleveland Indians by the
throat and didn't stop tightening their grip for eight and one-half
innings. A 7-0 eruption in the first two innings ends with a 9-2 blowout
victory. That's more like it!
Cal Eldred was scheduled to start but had been suffering from a
stiff neck he got the night before his first start in Cleveland last
Double or nothing the hotel maid is a Tribe fan.
Eldred was a scratch leaving the Sox rotation a bit up in the air.
Manuel had planned to use a spot starter in Tuesday's game. Those plans
were moved up one day with Rocky Biddle getting Monday's start. Jim
Parque will likely go Tuesday (a day early) and Eldred may go on
Wednesday--otherwise it's another spot starter.
The slumping Ray Durham had been the catalyst for the champion Sox
all last season. His bat alive tonight, and it made all the difference
in the world to the Sox offense. Ray singled to start the game and
finished with a 4 for 5 performance. After that first single, the Sox
would never look back.
With two timely walks by Royce Clayton and Carlos Lee, the
Sox beat four runs out of the Indians on just three hits. Herbert
Perry doubled home all three runs, and he did it with two outs! Sox
Fans, we haven't seen much of that the past week. After getting benched
the three previous games, Perry made a huge statement for everyday status,
finishing with four rbi's.
The second inning was some kind of awesome, too. After one out,
Durham ripped a triple followed by Clayton with an rbi single! Sox Fans,
who wudda thunk it?
Frank Thomas got in the act and crushed one into the left-center
seats for two more runs. Well, at least there was one thing we could
have anticipated happen.
Rocky Biddle doesn't seem like such an unlikely member of the Sox
staff after his spot start. Yes, he got tagged for 10 hits, but he
battled all night. He allowed just two runs and struck out four, walking
nobody. He looked in deep trouble in the third inning when the first
four batters reached base, scoring two runs. With two men on and nobody
out, Biddle came back and got the next three batters, two on strikeouts.
That was guts.
Two more insurance runs from hits by Paul Konerko, Carlos Lee,
and Sandy Alomar (plus a sac fly by the Milkman) and fretful Sox Fans
were breathing a sigh of relief.
Tomorrow is another day.
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
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with two doubles, a sacrifice fly, four rbi's and a nifty ninth inning
catch on the dugout steps. You think Manuel will sit him
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