Still Pluggin' for Wins
Short Take: Answering the challenge
To hear many of the team's worst critics tell it, the last bit of purpose
drained out of the White Sox's season after Keith Foulke got the final out in
Saturday's game at Wrigley Field. Our city bragging rights secured,
nothing such a band of "bad guys" and "unprofessionals"
could possibly need or want would be available until next spring.
Even Skip Bayless noted that the Sox were "the perpetual
underpublicized underdogs". Great--can we take this as his mea
culpa on the issue? How simply predictable that Clueless was wrong again
as the Sox defeat one of the best young pitchers in the game, 3-2 in
They scored two runs right out of the chute and Sox Fans' only concern was
that they didn't get more. Ray Durham took six pitches (!) before
tripling into the corner to start the game. Next was Chris Singleton
with an rbi single followed by red-hot Carlos Lee with an rbi
double. The Sox were up 2-0 before the Brewers had recorded the game's
With some room to breath, Rocky Biddle finally got the opportunity
to win a game. He made it through the first three innings allowing just
one hit. Could beating the N.L. Central teams be this easy?
As seems to always happen to Biddle, the big inning occurred in the
fourth. A lead-off walk was followed by a homerun by the freak, formerly
of Cleveland. Just like that the game was tied and Sox Fans began
fretting over whether the team could get the offense rolling. Milwaukee
starter Ben Sheets hadn't allowed a hit since the first inning.
The challenged was answered the very next inning. Catcher Sandy
Alomar is a shadow of his former self but there is no denying he still
comes up big in when the situation calls for heroics. He took Sheets'
0-1 pitch over the wall in left, staking the Sox to the lead again. It
proved to be the game winner.
Biddle got in trouble again in the sixth, again with a lead-off walk
followed by a single. Mr. Homerun or Nothing was up again and this time
politely grounded into a double-play neutering the rally.
The bullpen of course was marvelous. Even Bob Howry looked
decent for two innings. Keith Foulke picked up his twentieth
save, doubtlessly setting the trade rumor mill into overdrive.
Which parts of the team are keepers and which ones are dead wood? For
now the team's heart is alive and well.
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Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
one hit but a big one, a lead-off solo homerun off Ben Sheets to put
the Sox back on top after Milwaukee had tied it the previous inning,
the winning margin in the game. That's clutch!
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