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  • #16
    April 14- Blue Jays 13,White Sox 7

    Javier Vazquez did not have his best stuff against the hottest hitting team in baseball Friday night as the visiting Toronto Blue Jays drilled the White Sox 13-7 on an unseasonably warm April evening in Chicago.

    The Jays belted out 18 hits against Sox pitching.

    Toronto jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning on Shea Hillenbrand's 2-run homer off Vazquez.

    The Sox answered back with 3 in the bottom of the frame as Paul Konerko hit a solo shot,and Pablo Ozuna hit a 2-run double to give the Sox a 3-2 lead.

    They added 2 more in the 3rd inning on a bases loaded RBI single by Joe Crede,and an RBI ground ball force out by Alex Cintron to make it 5-2 Sox after 3.

    But from the 5th through the 9th innings,the Jays scored 11 unanswered runs.Thier biggest blow came in the 5th inning when they put up a 5-spot.That was highlighted by Troy Glaus' 2-run double which put Toronto ahead for good at 6-5 at that point.

    The boys from Canada scored 4 more times in the 7th,highlighted by a 2-run blast by Vernon Wells off Cliff Politte.Lyle Overbay added a solo shot in that same inning off Politte.

    Neal Cotts served up a 2-run blast to Glaus in the 9th inning before the Sox answered back with 2 of thier own in the bottom of the inning.Those runs coming on Jermaine Dye's 1st homer of the season,a 2-run shot to make it 13-7 Toronto.

    Javier Vazquez went 6 innings,giving up 7 runs,all earned on 9 hits.He just kept pitching on the outside corners to the Blue Jays hitters,and they kept taking him to right field all night.

    The 2 most reliable guys from the pen in '05,Cliff Politte and Neal Cotts,both struggled in the game.

    Politte went 1 2/3 innings,giving up 4 runs on 5 hits,and giving up 2 long home runs.Neal Cotts pitched the 9th,allowing 2 runs on 4 hits.

    Code:
              [COLOR="Red"]1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9   R  H E[/COLOR]
    [COLOR="Blue"]Toronto[/COLOR]   0  2  0  0  5  0  4  0  2- 13 18 0 
    White Sox 0  3  2  0  0  0  0  0  2-  7 13 2
    WP- Pete Walker(1-1)
    LP- Javier Vazquez(0-1)

    HR-TOR;Hillenbrand(1),VWells(5),Overbay(2),Glaus(3)-SOX;Konerko(2),Dye(1)

    T: 3:15.
    Att: 31,418
    Weather: 74 degrees, clear.
    Wind: 7 mph, Out to LF

    BIRD DROPPINGS; White Sox pitching has given up a total of 39 hits in the past 2 games.The last time they gave up that many hits in a 2-game span was August 31-September 1,1974 against the New York Yankees.

    Joe Crede matched a career high with 4 hits in the game,and contunues to play stellar defense at 3rd.

    Pablo Ozuna went 3-5 with 2 RBIs filling in for the slumping Scott Podsednik.

    On the down side,Brian Anderson saw his average drop to .129 with an 0-5 performance with 2 strikeouts.He left the bases loaded twice in his first 2 at-bats.

    White Sox record;5-5,3rd place tie with Minnesota,1 game behind Cleveland and Detroit
    Last edited by Chisox73; 04-15-2006, 07:30 PM.

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    • #17
      April 15- Paul Konerko 4,Toronto 2

      Paul Konerko drove in all 4 White Sox runs this afternoon on a pair of 2-run homers as order was restotred on the South Side in a White Sox 4-2 win over the Toronto blue Jays at sun-drenched US Cellular Field this afternoon.

      The Jays struck early as they scored 2 runs in the 1st inning off starter Mark Buehrle.It looked like another slugfest from the outset as Buehrle gave up hits to the first 3 Toronto batters,including a 2-run homer to Alex Rios.

      After that,Buehrle settled donw,and all but trenered the Jays offense useless.

      Konerko promptly tied the game up with 1 swing in the bottom of the 1st off AJ Burnett,who was making his 1st start of the season.

      Konerko went deep again in the 5th inning for what would be the decisive blow of the game.

      Buehrle threw 25 pitches in the 1st inning when he gave up the 2 runs.But from the 2nd through the 8th,he threw only 80 pitches and gave up 2 hits the rest of the way for the win.Bobby Jenks pitched a scoreless 9th for his 4th save of the season.

      Jenks got some help from Tadahito Iguchi in the 9th when he turned in perhaps the defensive play of the year.Bengie Molina hit an infield chopper over the head of Jenks.Gooch then charged the ball until he barehanded it on the infield grass right behind the mound.In one motion,Gooch turned around,perpendicular to the ground and fired a perfect strike to Konerko to nail Molina from me to you.It was something you had to see for yourself.

      Code:
                [COLOR="Red"]1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  R  H  E[/COLOR]
      [COLOR="Blue"]Toronto[/COLOR]   2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0- 2  6  2 
      White Sox 2  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  X- 4  7  0
      WP- Mark Buehrle(2-0)
      LP- AJ Burnett(0-1)
      Save- Bobby Jenks(4)

      HR-TOR;Rios- SOX;Konerko 2(4)

      T: 2:10.
      Att: 33,247
      Weather: 57 degrees, sunny.
      Wind: 11 mph, L to R

      NOTES; Scott Podsednik got a hit today.He went 1-4 and now has a .079 batting average.

      Vernon Wells went 3-4 for the Jays in the game.

      Buehrle got 13 ground ball outs from Toronto hitters today;

      White Sox record;6-5,tied for 2nd place with Detroit,1 game behind Cleveland.

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      • #18

        Tadahito Iguchi makes a spectacular throw to first in the ninth inning. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

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        • #19
          April 16- White Sox 6,Blue Jays 4 (5 innings-rain)

          In a rain shortened game this afternoon,the White Sox blasted off to a 6-0 lead until the Blue Jays came back with 4 runs in the top of the 5th against an ineffective Freddy Garcia in a monsoon.The game was called after 4 1/2 innings because of heavy rains in Chicago.

          The Sox jumped out to a 3-0 lead on an RBI single by Tadahito Iguchi,and a 2-run homer from Jermaine Dye.They added 2 more in the 2nd on Jim Thome's 7th blast of the year,a 2-run shot with Podsednik aboard.

          They made it 6-0 in the 4tyh when Paul Konerko scored Thome from 1st with a double into the left field corner.Jays' C Bengie molina couldn't hold on to the ball in what would have been a very close play at the plate.

          The Jays came back in the top of the 5th when Garcia walked 4 batters in the inning.

          With the bases juiced,Russ Adams singled scoring Eric Hinske to make it 6-1.Then the merry-go-round continued as Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay walked respectively to make it 6-3.Bengie Molina made it 6-4 when he reacehed on a Tadahito Iguchi error.

          Code:
                    [COLOR="Red"]1  2  3  4  5  R H E[/COLOR]
          [COLOR="Blue"]Toronto[/COLOR]   0  0  0  0  4- 4 4 1 
          White Sox 3  2  0  1  X- 6 9 1
          WP- Freddy Garcia(2-1)
          LP- Josh Towers(1-2)

          HR-SOX;Dye(2),Thome(7)

          T: 1:36 (1:32 rain delay)
          Att: 27,137
          Weather: 58 degrees, cloudy
          Wind: 16 mph, In from LF

          WET N' WILD;Scott Podsednik was back in the lineup and he went 2-3 in the game with 2 runs scored.He now has a .122 batting average.

          Jim Thome has reached base and scored in all 12 games played so far this season.His 7 home runs equals his entire 2005 home run total.

          Freddy Garcia walked 6 batters in the game,hitting 90 on the radar gun just once.He threw 106 pitches in his 5 inning stint.

          The rain delay also featured the traditional Mark Buehrle tarp dive. Buehrle tried to hit the field on the first delay, but was waved off with the tarp coming off. But Buehrle followed his routine during the second delay, with lightning cracking in the background.

          White Sox record;7-5,tied for 1st place with Cleveland and Detroit,1 game ahead of Minnesota
          Last edited by Chisox73; 04-16-2006, 04:47 PM.

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          • #20
            Rollin'

            6-1 after the 1-4 start. I know it's early in the year, but if we win and the Tribe lose, we would have the breaker with the Tiger's for 1st, since we lose the breaker with the Indians.

            We missed you, 1st place. Good to be back home.
            Johnson and now Goligoski gone.
            I hope that's all.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Chisox
              We missed you, 1st place. Good to be back home.
              I hope they didn't raid the fridge while we were out.

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              • #22
                April 17- White Sox 9,Royals 0

                Jose Contreras wasw spectacular in his start,and the offense fired on Royals pitchi9ng early and often as the Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 9-0 at US Cellular Field this evening.

                The real story of this game was starter Jose Contreras.He went 7 innings,facing only 22 batters,and giving up only 1 hit while striking out 6 batters in 101 pitches.

                As for the offense,they began firing on old Sox nemesis Joe Mays in the 1st inning.With 1 out,Tadahito Iguchi singled to right,then went to 2nd on a wild pitch.Jim Thome walked.Then the next batter Paul Konerko drove a 3-1 pitch deep into the left field seats for a 3-0 Sox lead.

                Later in the inning,with AJ Pierzynski on 1st,Joe Crede belted a Mays offering into the 1st row of the leaft field seats for a 5-0 lead.

                The Sox added 2 more in the 5th on an RBI single by Jim Thome,scoring Scott Podsednik,and an RBI double by Konerko,scoring Iguchi to make it 7-0.

                Podsednik singled home Juan Uribe in the 6th and Pablo Ozuna singled home Ross Gload in the 7th to make it 9-0.

                Boone Logan worked a perfect 8th inning,and Cliff Politte worked a perfect 9th.

                Code:
                            [COLOR="Red"]1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  R  H  E  [/COLOR]
                [COLOR="Blue"]Kansas City[/COLOR] 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0- 0  1  1
                White Sox   5  0  0  0  2  1  1  0  X- 9 12  0
                WP- Jose Contreras(2-0)
                LP- Joe Mays(0-2)

                HR-SOX;Konerko(5),Crede(2)

                T: 2:29.
                Att: 27,889
                Weather: 48 degrees, clear.
                Wind: 16 mph, L to R.

                NOTES; Scott Podsednik went 2-5 in the game with a double,and RBI,and a run scored.He has now hit safely in 3 straight,and 4 of his last 5 games.

                Paul Konerko continues his torrid hitting as he went 2-3 with a homer and 4 RBIs and raising his batting average to a blistering .380 on the young season.

                Jose Contreras now lowers his ERA to 1.29 after his stellar outing this evening.

                Cliff Poliite,after a rough outing last Friday night against Toronto,only needed 4 pitches to shut down the Royals in the 9th inning.

                White Sox record;8-5,tied for 1st place with Clevleand.1 game ahead of Detroit

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Chisox73
                  I hope they didn't raid the fridge while we were out.
                  Don't you just hate it when that happens.:grouchy
                  Feels good, don't it?
                  7 of 8, make it 8 of 9.
                  C'mon O's, at least for tonight!
                  Last edited by Chisox; 04-19-2006, 05:04 AM.
                  Johnson and now Goligoski gone.
                  I hope that's all.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Chisox
                    Don't you just hate it when that happens.
                    Feels good, don't it?
                    7 of 8, make it 8 of 9.
                    C'mon O's, at least for tonight!
                    8/9, make it 9/10.
                    Let's go O's!:gt :gt
                    15-1 :noidea :grouchy
                    Major Leagues? :noidea :grouchy
                    Johnson and now Goligoski gone.
                    I hope that's all.

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                    • #25
                      April 18- White Sox 4,Royals 1

                      Jon Garland had his best outing of the season Tuesday night as the White Sox handed the visiting Kansas City royals thier 8th consecutive loss with a 4-1 win at US Cellular Field.

                      Garland went 6 1/3 innings,allowng a run on 6 hits.He stayed away from the sinker for most of the night.It was the pitch that had been giving him trouble all season.

                      Brandon McCarthy and Bobby Jenks pitched shutout ball the rest of the way.

                      The Sox scored 3 in the 4th inning on an RBI single by Joe Crede,and a 2-run songle by Juan Uribe.They added thier 4th run in the 7th on Jim Thome's single.

                      Mark Teahen's solo homer in the 3rd accounted for KC's only run of the game.

                      Code:
                         [COLOR="Red"]         1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  R H E [/COLOR] 
                      [COLOR="Blue"]Kansas City[/COLOR] 0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0- 1 7 2 
                      White Sox   0  0  0  3  0  0  1  0  X- 4 7 1
                      WP- Jon Garland(2-1)
                      LP- Jeremy Affeldt(0-2)
                      Save- Bobby Jenks(5)

                      HR-KC;Teahen(1)

                      T: 2:19.
                      Att: 21,901
                      Weather: 57 degrees, clear.
                      Wind: 13 mph, In from LF.

                      NOTES;Scott Podsednik went 2-5 in the game,for his 3rd straight multi-hit game.

                      Jim Thome got his AL leading 16th walk of the season.He has scored in 14 straight games,tying the club recotrd set by Frank Thomas in 1994.

                      White Sox record;9-5,tied for 1st place with Cleveland,2 games ahead of Detroit
                      Last edited by Chisox73; 04-22-2006, 08:26 PM.

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                      • #26
                        April 19- White Sox 4,Royals 0

                        Vazquez Flirts With History


                        Javier Vazquez was perfect through four innings on Wednesday. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

                        Javier Vazquez pitched perhaps the best game of his career this afternoon as he took a no-hitter into the 7th inning as the White Sox completed a 3-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a 4-0 win at US Cellular Field.The Sox have now won 9 of thier last 10 ballgames after a 1-4 start.

                        Vazquez(1-1) retired the first 12 Royals he faced until he walked the leadoff batter in the 5th.

                        Doug Mientewicz got an excuse me dribbler down the 3rd base line to break up the no-no with 1 out in the 7th inning.Vazquez gave up a leadoff single to Esteban German in the 9th inning before being relieved by Neal Cotts.Vazquez left to a thunderous standing ovation.

                        Cotts was ineffective in 1/3 inning before giving way to Bobby Jenks,who picked up his 6th save of the season.

                        Ofensively for the Sox,they got on the board in the 1st inning when Alex Cintron scored on a wild pitch from Royals starter Scott Elarton.

                        They made it 2-0 the traditional way-a line shot home run by Juan Uribe in the 5th.Scott Podsednik then doubled,1 out later,Jim Thome was walked intentionally.Paul Konerko singled to load the bases.Then Jermaine Dye was hit by a pitch scoring Podsednik.

                        After Elarton was pulled in favor of Luke Hudson,Thome scored on a passed ball with AJ Pierzynski at-bat to make it 4-0 White Sox.

                        Code:
                                    [COLOR="Red"]1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  R H E[/COLOR]  
                        [COLOR="Blue"]Kansas City[/COLOR] 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0- 0 3 0 
                        White Sox   1  0  0  0  3  0  0  0  X- 4 6 0
                        WP- Javier Vazquez(1-1)
                        LP- Scott Elarton(0-4)
                        Save- Bobby Jenks(6)

                        HR- SOX;Uribe(1)

                        T: 2:34.
                        Att: 26,327
                        Weather: 66 degrees, sunny.
                        Wind: 16 mph, In from LF.

                        SWEEP DREAMS;Scott Podsednik continues his hot hitting as he went 2-3 with a double and a run scored in the game.He now has 4 straight multi-hit ballgames,and sees his BA jump from .059 last week at this time to .204 tonight.

                        Vazquez went 8 innings,giving up 2 hits,walking 1 and striking out 7.Neal Cotts scuffled in his appearance,going 1/3 inning and giving up a hit.

                        Jim Thome scored a run for the 15th consecutive game,eclipsing Frank Thomas' 1994 record of 14 games to start the season.Thome walked for the 17th and 18th time today.

                        White Sox record;10-5,1st place,1 game ahead of Cleveland
                        Last edited by Chisox73; 04-22-2006, 08:25 PM.

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                        • #27
                          10-5, 1 GAME UP ON CLEVELAND!!!
                          Sole possession is ours. Now, to dethrone the Carmines (another Hawk reference) on top of the A.L., and gotta get rid of a New York team and that team we swept in October (besides those pesky Carmines) from the overall lead.

                          On a similar note, can you believe the AL West doesn't have ANY team even playing .500 as I speak?
                          Johnson and now Goligoski gone.
                          I hope that's all.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Chisox
                            On a similar note, can you believe the AL West doesn't have ANY team even playing .500 as I speak?
                            The AL West had the same start this time last year also,with the Angels and Rangers hovering around the .500 mark.The cream will eventually rise to the top in that division.

                            Also remember,the West teams are now just beginning to play outside thier division.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Chisox73
                              The AL West had the same start this time last year also,with the Angels and Rangers hovering around the .500 mark.The cream will eventually rise to the top in that division.

                              Also remember,the West teams are now just beginning to play outside thier division.
                              Yeah, but it does seem wierd to see arguably the best division in the game with no-one above .500. It will change, though. I'm just hoping the A's slump even worse this year than last and keep them out of the playoffs.

                              Anyone who plays the A's or Indians and beats them is our friend.:gt :gt
                              Yea, Baltimore and Detroit.
                              Johnson and now Goligoski gone.
                              I hope that's all.

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                              • #30
                                April 21- White Sox 7,Twins 1


                                Mark Buehrle struck out six Twins, giving up one run in eight innings. (Jeff Roberson/AP Photo)

                                In a pitching matchup that was as good as advertised,Mark Buehrle went toe to toe against Minnesota superstud Johan Santana and didn't flinch.But it was Jim Thome who provided the margin with his 8th homer of the year as the Sox took the opening game of a 3-game set against Central Division rival Minnesota by a 7-1 margin.

                                Buehrle went 8 innings,giving up a run on 4 hits,walking 1 and striking out 6 Twins to raise his record to 3-0 on the season while throwing 102 pitches.

                                Santana went 7 innings,giving up Jim Thome's 2-run homer in the 6th inning,spoiling an otherwise equally masterful pitching performance from him.Santana gave up 5 hits,a walk and struck out 6 while throwing 120 pitches.

                                After Thome went yard in the bottom of the 6th,Minnesota came within 1 when Lew Ford hit a rocket into the left field seats off Buehrle in the 8th inning.

                                But the Sox would explode offensively in the bottom of the 8th against another Sox nemisis,Juan Rincon.

                                After Thome and Paul Konerko singled to lead off the bottom of the 8th,Jermaine Dye doubled to score Pablo Ozuna(pinch-running for Thome).Konerko and Dye would come around to score after SS Juan Castro air-mailed the relay throw from Torii Hunter into the White Sox dugout to make it a 5-1 lead.

                                Brian Anderson would drive in a run with a sac fly later in the inning,and Scott Podsednik would double home AJ Pierzynski to make it 7-1.

                                Neal Cotts pitched the 9th and gave up a hit and a walk,but that was about it.


                                Code:
                                [COLOR="Navy"]Minnesota[/COLOR]  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 1 0- 1  5 1
                                White Sox  0 0 0  0 0 2  0 5 x- 7 11 0
                                WP- Mark Buehrle(3-0)
                                LP- Johan Santana(0-3)

                                HR-SOX;Thome(8)- MIN;Ford(1)

                                T: 2:29.
                                Att: 31,287.
                                Weather: 65 degrees, partly cloudy.
                                Wind: 6 mph, R to L.

                                NOTES;Jim Thome was 2-4 in the game with a run scored.He has now scored in all 16 games this season.

                                Jermaine Dye and AJ Pierzynski both went 2-3 in the game.

                                White Sox record;11-5,1st place,1 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland
                                Last edited by Chisox73; 04-22-2006, 08:25 PM.

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