Tribe Stopped Cold!
Short Take: Clutch hits for
dramatic comeback victory
It was cold and at times the baseball was ugly. Sox Fans, we'll take
it just the same! The Pale Hose shutdown Cleveland across the final 4.1
innings and successfully battle back for an 8-7 victory. They go for the
sweep Wednesday afternoon at Comiskey.
Jim Parque pitched on three days rest. Jerry Manuel kept
everyone guessing into the afternoon whether the lefty or right-hander Cal
Eldred would start. Eldred's stiff neck will hold him back for the
start in Wednesday's finale.
Sox Fans were fretting in the first inning. Cleveland scored twice
helped by two Sox errors. In the bottom-half, Jose Valentin was
left stranded at thirdbase when Magglio Ordonez struck out
looking. The Sox clean up hitter remains in a funk, an 0 for 5
performance with two strikeouts.
Paul Konerko jumpstarted the Sox offense with a leadoff homer to
start the third. Cleveland returned the favor by committing two errors
of their own leading to two more Sox runs and a 3-2 lead. Next Cleveland
played long ball with Jim Parque, the big blows coming off the bat of the
"experts'" consensus comeback player of the year, Juan Gonzalez, for
a two-run dinger and a solo shot by mere-mortal Marty Cordova.
The Sox appeared in deep stuff in the fifth, having allowed two runs, down
7-5, and bases loaded with one out. Jerry Manuel went to bullpen
for Gary Glover and Sox fortunes changed dramatically.
Glover got Cordova to ground into a double play, then pitched another three
scoreless and hitless innings to give Sox bats the chance to catch up.
He threw 36 pitches, 24 for strikes, striking out one with no walks.
That definitely wasn't Scott Eyre out there for the Sox! The
foolishness of Gord Ash revealed yet again!
Carlos Lee hit a solo dinger in the fifth but the real heroics
didn't occur till the eighth. Down 0-2 in the count, Herbert Perry
battled back to work the count full, then doubled home Lee to tie the
score. Jerry Manuel had Royce Clayton run for Lee and Sandy
Alomar brought him home with the go-ahead run on a shot back up the
The threatened but couldn't score more leaving closer Keith Foulke
with the job of shutting down the Tribe for the ninth. One single and
three outs later, the Sox completed the best victory of the season so far.
Plenty more to follow!
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
innings starting with a key double play to end a rally in the fifth,
followed by 3 shutout innings. That set the stage for a Sox
comeback. Scott Eyre never won PTC. Gord Ash for Sox MVP!
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