"Extra" Big "W"
Short Take: Pitchers pick up
Well who wudda thunk it? The White Sox won a game. Not just any
game--but the final game of a nightmarish homestand, against a team that has
been pounding lumps on everyone. "Everyone" includes the
Sox. The problems plaguing the Sox all season were all too evident again
today. Nobody was delivering clutch hits, but Sox pitching pulled the
Sox Fans will take it, a 2-1 victory in fourteen innings over the Seattle
Mariners. Beggars can't be choosers!
Mark Buerhle was begging for any kind of run support. The
near-rookie held the Mariners scoreless through seven innings, allowing just
one hit. His efforts had the Sox clinging to a 1-0 lead. Josh
Paul led off the fifth inning with a double to the wall. Slumping Ray
Durham was smart enough not to try adding to his power numbers, and
bravely put down a successful sacrifice bunt. #2 hitter Royce Clayton
did his job too, lifting a deep fly to center field allowing Paul to
score. It was a textbook example of how to manufacture a run. The
Sox offense has been producing far too few of them!
Buerhle stood to be the winner but gave up a curling homerun that landed in
the rightfield corner a scant 345 feet from homeplate. Sox Fans started
fretting because all of us have been down this primrose path with our team
before. Squandered scoring opportunities in the ninth, tenth, and
twelfth innings underscored the point.
So what a surprise that Magglio Ordonez and his .250 batting average
made a two-out situation into a scoring opportunity by singling and then
stealing second base. And what a relief and joyous revelation it was to
see Paul Konerko at-bat and stroking one straight up the middle to
bring home Ordonez with the winning run.
Fourteen innings is a long time to score your second run. Thanks to
Buerhle, Keith Foulke, Kelly Wunsch, and Gary Glover,
Mariner fans are still waiting.
Off day Monday, and then a west coast swing starting in Anaheim. Time
for a win streak! Please.
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
eight innings of 2-hit ball, out-pitched Freddy Garcia who sports a
3-0 record. 8 strikeouts against 1 walk, had he not allowed one
tough-luck fair pole dinger, he would have gotten the "W"
himself. With virtually no run support, it wasn't in the cards.
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