The Sox showed early promise in the top of the second inning when Paul
Konerko doubled to center, scoring Magglio Ordonez. Joe Crede then hit
a sacrifice fly to center, giving the White Sox a 2-0 lead. The White
Sox threat was dashed as Jose Valentin and Sandy Alomar flied and
grounded out, respectively. The Sox lead would not last.
After cutting their deficit to 2-1 on a Ben Broussard home run, Cleveland used timely hitting, capitalizing on several mistakes by the White Sox, to put up five runs in the bottom of the third. Danny Wright could not seem to throw a strike, walking four in the inning. When he did manage to throw it over the plate, it was hammered. After a Brandon Phillips walk, outfielder Coco Crisp tripled to right, tying the game.
Matt Lawton then walked, putting men at the corners with no outs for all-star Milton Bradley. Bradley hit the ball right back to Wright, who was tentative in chasing Crisp back to third. By the time the Sox retired Crisp, Bradley and Lawton both
moved into scoring position with one out.
The Sox bench put in the call to intentionally walk Jody Gerut, but
with Casey Blake up with the bases loaded, Wright lost all control and
walked in another run to put the Indians up by one. They would never
look back. Broussard knocked in two more with Gary Glover now on the
mound, while Blake scored on a fielder’s choice throwing error by Glover to put Cleveland up 6-2.
The Sox made a mini-run in the fifth, scoring on a Sandy
Alomar single, a Carlos Lee sacrifice fly and an Ordonez double to cut
the lead to one, but with Rick White pitching in the bottom of the
inning, catcher Tim Laker caught a hold of a pitch and took it out to
left field to give the Indians an 8-5 advantage.
Cleveland kept aiming for the fences late in the game as Broussard went
deep again with a two-run homer in the seventh, this time off of David
Sanders, and Shane Spencer hit a two-run blast against Billy Koch in
the eighth to finish the scoring.
The Sox will play a day-night double-header tomorrow with Sox pitcher
Mark Buehrle scheduled to start at 12:05 p.m. CT against Jason Stanford,
while Indians pitcher Jake Westbrook is set to face lefty Mike Porzio, who was called up shortly after the game, at 6:05 p.m. CT. Only the nightcap will be televised and that will be on Fox