Short Take: Sweep & over .500!
Opening Day was a long time ago. It's also the last time the Sox were
one game over .500. 3-1/2 months after this season began, our Chicago
White Sox are back to where they were the evening of April
2. What a long strange trip is has been. It hurts to
contemplate the lost championship hopes that were drowned during that extended
period in the tank. Bitterness about our plight for sure, Sox
Fans. Winning our ultimate victory will be all the sweeter!
The Sox returned to respectability winning two of three over the Flubs and
now sweeping the Milwaukee Brewers. In the matinee series finale, the
Sox used the long ball to beat the Brew Crew into submission. Four Pale
Hose dingers account for five Sox runs, 8-4 victors.
It's official: Kip Wells is no longer considered "an
overrated phenom" by anyone in the Chicago media. The Clueless One
has moved on to unnamed new pursuits, leaving his Cubune job without ever
retracting the patently stupid things he wrote about Wells and the other young
pitching studs most responsible for the resurgence of the Sox. Wells
sailed through five innings with a three-hit shutout in awesome
The Sox staked him a 3-0 lead including solo dingers by Mark Johnson
and Jose Canseco, the latter starting for the second consecutive day in
right field for Jerry Manuel. Each finished with two hits and
batting averages over .300. Not bad for guys who started this season in
Charlotte and Newark.
Wells made a mistake walking a batter in the sixth, then compounded his
problems by surrendering back-to-back dingers allowing the Brewers to tie the
game at 3-3.
No problem for the Resurgent Sox! Jeff Liefer led off the top
of the seventh with a walk. A double, a single, and a walk later had the
Sox up 4-3 and set up for a huge inning. The Sox could only pick up one
more run, thanks to a pinch hit foul popout by Paul Konerko and an
inning-ending flyout by Chris Singleton.
The real insurance came in the eighth inning when Carlos Lee and Jeff
Liefer each homered to plate three more Sox runs. The Sox slugged 12
hits off Milwaukee pitching, including six extra-base hits.
Jon Garland (another ex-"overrated phenom") pitched three
near-flawless innings in relief for his fourth save, the lone blemish a
meaningless solo homerun allowed with two out in the ninth inning.
A game over .500 in mid-July is hardly what Sox Fans had in mind last
spring, but that's what we've been dealt. Time to focus on winning more
games and see what else we can shake loose from the trees.
Oh look, here comes Cleveland and Boston!
Let's Go Go Go
White Sox, Chicago's Proud of You!
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
things going in the key seventh inning with a walk. Broke the
game open with a two-run shot in the eighth. Scored twice, and
Sox Schedule | Sox
Clubhouse message board