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Sometimes all you have to do is wait

I don't know about most of you, but the only reason I was worried at all about the Sox losing Wednesday's game was because I thought it had a chance to be called due to rain. Thankfully, the weather continued to be playable, and the Sox offense -- or maybe it was the Pirates pitching -- finally kicked into gear.

Freddy Garcia was his usual self, which is to say that he allowed Pirates pitcher Paul Maholm to go 2-3 with an RBI, and gave up two solo shots while staking the Pirates to an early 3-0 lead.

The White Sox offense looked anemic for the first 6 innings of the ball game, managing just 2 hits in the first 5 innings, and 3 in the first 6. They woke up to start the 7th, however. Jermaine Dye, A.J. Pierzynski, and Joe Crede led off with back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases. And Juan Uribe cleared the bases with a triple to the right-center field gap.

It appeared like the Sox offense might go right back into hibernation when Maholm was pulled following the 4 straight hits, but our good friend Damaso Marte was there to help. He was able to strike out Jim Thome with a runner on third and one out, but Scott Podsednik lined a single over the second baseman to put the Sox up for good.

The bullpen continues it's mid-season turn around, as Agustin Montero, Matt Thornton, and Bobby Jenks combined to pitch three scoreless innings.

  • In what may be his final outing with the Sox for the foreseeable future, Montero struck out the first two he saw, then got some help with a rare fine defensive play by Podsednik to rob Jason Bay.
  • Thornton also struck out the first two batters he saw before allowing a bang-bang single that the suddenly rangy Iguchi couldn't quite get handle on.
  • Jenks had a bit of trouble after quickly getting two outs, but was able to strike out Jason Bay to record his league leading 24th save.
It was far from an impressive victory, but a victory nonetheless. They don't count any less in the win column. And the Sox have had a bit of history 'playing down' to their competition.