Short Take: 9 Sox runs the last 3
In a season that has been the very definition of "corpse-ball",
the Chicago White Sox have never looked more dead than they did against
Detroit's knuckleballer Steve Sparks. Jerry Manuel chose to rest
several key cogs to the suddenly resurgent Sox offense, replaced by some of
the weaker and more excitable members of the bench. Yes, we're talking
about Royce Clayton and Josh Paul.
In the end it made no difference, because the Sox erased a six-run deficit
in the eighth and ninth innings, winning the game outright in ten innings,
Do comebacks get any bigger than this?
Sparks pitched a no-hitter on the Sox into the fifth inning, Chris
Singleton finally reaching on an measly infield single. Sox starter Rocky
Biddle pitched well, but left the game after seven inning the apparent
loser, trailing 3-0. Ken Vining and Lorenzo Barcelo teamed
up to allow another three Tiger runs in the eighth, and the Sox Fan parents in
attendance began making plans to cue up for their kids to run the bases--the
only good reason left for sticking around Comiskey.
Oh, but the show was just starting!
Paul Konerko got only the second Sox hit of the game to lead off the
Sox half of the inning. Josh Paul did a wonderful impersonation
of Mike Caruso legging out a bunt single, and Royce Clayton (!)
batted in Konerko with an rbi-single! With two outs, both Carlos Lee and
Magglio Ordonez batted in runs for a total of four for the Sox in the
inning. It was 6-4 Detroit and the Sox were back in this game.
Kelly Wunsch sent Detroit down in order in the ninth and Sox bats
went to work again, the key blow a clutch double by Chris Singleton to
drive in two runs to tie the game at six! Hey, Willy Wonka and the
baserunning bit for the kids can wait!
By now the Tigers were ripe for the kill. Our merciful Sox hitters
put them out of their misery quickly. Bob Howry pitched an
uneventful top-half of the tenth inning. Unfortunately, Detroit got two
quick outs on the Sox and it looked like an eleventh inning was
No way! Herbert Perry had perhaps the biggest at-bat of the
2001 season. Facing fireballer Todd Jones, Perry extended the pitcher
for eleven pitches including five foul balls before getting a pitch to go the
other way on into right field for a single.
New pitcher Matt Anderson committed a balk putting Perry on second base
with the winning run, thus setting up an intentional walk for Ray Durham.
Paul Konerko had the most brutal month of May of any of the Sox
sluggers, but he appears all the way back after Sunday's performance. As
the the next hitter, Paul took two balls, then launched Anderson's next
offering far beyond the left field wall for a three-run dinger and a walk-off
White Sox winner!
The Sox leap over another Central division opponent, now in sole possession
of third place and suddenly find themselves just seven games under .500.
The "Meet the Parents" game in Oakland seems like a long, long time
One day at a time Sox fans. Travel day to Kansas City Monday and a
three-game set before returning home to face those other guys.
Good time to be heating up indeed!
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at the plate, a walk, three runs scored, and the monster 3-run blow to
win the game in extra inning for the Sox, capping a six-run comeback
for the sweep of Detroit!
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