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Life! White Sox 4, Twins 2

Mario Scalise

Ozzie Guillen isn't ready to quit. "I'm not going to give up," said Guillen. "I don't care. If they give up, that's their problem. I never will give up." Not sure who "they" are, but for at least a game -- better yet, one inning -- "they" weren't the players. Down 2-0 in the ninth with two outs and Joe Nathan on the mound, the White Sox scored four runs to avoid a series sweep and win in their final game at the Metrodome.

Whether this is a minor tease or a sign of life is up for debate, but it's something to enjoy at the least, because at the least, the White Sox finished their play at the Metrodome doing to the Twins what the Twins have repeatedly done to the Sox. At last, the Sox leave the Metrodome with momentum on their side.


Sixth Inning

  • In typical Mark Buehrle fashion, there were plenty of hits (7), but unlike the post-perfection Buehrle, there was minimal damage. The Twins only two runs came this inning, as a single, ground-rule double, and intentional walk loaded the bases. With two outs, Jason Kubel drove in two with a softly placed single in front of Carlos Quentin in left.

Ninth Inning

  • When you get shutout for eight innings by Brian Duensing and Jon Rauch, facing Joe Nathan doesn't make it easier, and after two easy outs, it's even worse. But then amazing happened. Gordon Beckham worked an 0-2 count back to full, forcing Nathan to get a fastball over with a 2-0 lead, and out it went to left for a homer. Paul Konerko followed up with a full count and solo shot to left of his own, tying the game at 2-2. To add to the suspense, Konerko's homer was just out of the reach of Denard Span's glove. Jermaine Dye then walked and was replaced by DeWayne Wise, who stole second. Quentin then walked, Nathan's day was over (replaced by Matt Guerrier), and Alexei Ramirez stepped up with would-be game-winning single. To add to the suspense again, there was a play at the plate, but Twins catcher Mike Redmond couldn't handle the throw, enabling Wise to slide in for the run. The play at the plate allowed up Quentin and Ramirez to move up to third and second respectively, which was key since a wild pitch was able to score Quentin as an insurance run. Bobby Jenks pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.



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JimH. said:

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Well it would be easy to say "they should do this more often". Funny though how everything starts with good at bats. For the most part that's what the Twins do vs. the White Sox. Beckham's at bat was great and Konerko worked the count as well. They saw Nathan was struggling locating the slider and adjusted. They haven't been good at adjusting but they did it today in this karma win. Very nice to leave the HHH Metrodome for the last time with a win, well deserved and maybe a signal the mojo is turning. See you in 2010 Twins fans, bring your mittens and hot chocolate.

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