Tuesday, June 23, 2015

John bracket: White Sox (09) defeat White Sox (69) in seven games

Game One: 09 White Sox 8, 69 White Sox 1
WP: Buehrle (1-0)
LP: John (0-1)
HR: Dye (1), Quentin (1), Getz (1)

Game Two: 09 White Sox 6, 69 White Sox 5
WP: Thronton (1-0)
LP: Edmondson (0-1)
HR: Beckham (1)

Game Three: 69 White Sox 9, 09 White Sox 5
WP: Peters (1-0)
LP: Floyd (0-1)
HR: Konerko (1), Melton (1), C. May (1)

Game Four: 69 White Sox 7, 09 White Sox 1
WP: Wynne (1-0)
LP: Contreras (0-1)

Game Five: 69 White Sox 15, 09 White Sox 4
WP: John (1-1)
LP: Buehrle (1-1)
HR: McCraw (1), Konerko (2), C May (2), Melton (2)

Game Six: 09 White Sox 3, 69 White Sox 2
WP: Jenks (1-0)
LP: Wood (0-1)
HR: Ramirez (1), Melton (3)

Game Seven: 09 White Sox 5, 69 White Sox 4
WP: Floyd (1-1)
LP: Peters (1-1)
Save: Jenks (1)
HR: J Nix (1)

The home team won every game in this series, with the 2009 White Sox getting two of those wins in walk-off fashion, The losing team outscored the winners 43-32 for the series.

Game One, in 2009's U.S. Cellular, was the victors' sole laugher. The 69 Sox scored in the first, when Carlos May singled home Luis Aparicio. The home team tied it in the fifth (Chris Getz singling home Alex Rios) and took the lead with a three-run sixth highlighted by a two-run homer from Carlos Quentin. The 09 team turned it into a rout with a four-run eighth off Gary Bell, with homers from Jermaine Dye and Getz.

The 69 Sox led Game Two 4-0 after three innings, but the 09ers tied it at five in the sixth inning. Paul Edmonson, working his third inning of relief for Joel Horlen for the 69ers, didn't get an out in the ninth inning. Jim Thome walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth, and Dye singled pinch-runner Rios to third. A.J. Pierzynski then singled off Don Secrist for the winner.

The Series shifted to Old Comiskey Park for Game Three, and both teams set about battering the opposing starters. Gary Peters, starting for the home team, walked three men in a two-run first inning, but Carlos May tied it with a two-run home in the bottom of the frame, A Ken Berry single in the second put the home team in front, but Paul Konerko homered in the first for another tie. But Berry collected RBI hits in the fourth and fifth innings as the 69sers opened a lead, and Bill Melton's two-run homer in the sixth gave Peters and relievers Bell and Wilbur Wood plenty of margin. Wood got a triple play off the bat of Gordon Beckham in the ninth to end the game.

The 69 Sox evened the series in Game Four. Jose Conteras and Billy Wynne kept the game scoreless into the fifth, when Berry doubled and scored on a pinch-hit single by Duane Josephson. Relievers Edmondson and Secrist combined to escape a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the top of the sixth, and the home team ripped Conteras and Matt Thornton for four runs in the bottom of the inning, the big blow being a three-run double by Bobby Knoop. The 09ers averted a five-pitcher shutout by scoring a single run in the ninth off Bell.

The visitors led Game Five 3-2 through four innings, but the home team scored three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth off Mark Buehrle, with Walt Williams driving in three of the runs. Scott Linebrink was unable to get any outs in the seventh, and Tommy McCraw pinch-hit a grand slam off Octavio Dotel. Williams doubled home another run in a two-run eighth. Tommy John went seven innings for the win, with Jerry Nyman mopping up.

The 69 Sox came oh-so-close to wrapping up the series in Game Six. Melton homered in the second to give Horlen a 1-0 lead, A Buddy Bradford error set up an unearned run for the home team to tie it in the fifth, but May singled home Berry in the sixth for a 2-1 lead, which stood into the ninth, when Wood entered in relief of Horlen. Pierzynski singled; Scott Podsednik pinch-ran; and Alexi Ramirez homered. Wood never retired a batter.

In a reprise of Game Three, starters Floyd and Peters struggled early. Melton doubled home Aparicio in the top of the first; Dye countered with a two-run single after a wild pitch put Beckham and Ramirez in scoring position. Aparicio singled home Ed Herrmann to tie it in the top of the second; Jayson Nix homer in the bottom of the inning. But then Floyd settled down, keeping the visitors off the board until the seventh, while Pierzynski and Nix singled home runs in the third to chase Peters.

Dan Osinski threw 3.1 scoreless innings to keep things close, and the 69ers scored twice in the seventh with the help of a Konerko error and a wild pitch, but Matt Thronton stuck out Gail Hopkins, May and Melton with the tying run in scoring position. The 69ers got only one base runner the rest of the way off Thornton and Bobby Jenks.

Player of the series: Alexi Ramierz was "only" 7-for-25 (.280) but the shortstop led the 2009 Sox in runs and RBIs. He scored in each of their four wins and, of course, had the dramatic game-winning homer in the pivotal Game Six.

Player availability: Danks could start Game 2 with penalty. Floyd cannot start until Game 3.

Projected rotation: Buehrle-unknown-Danks-Floyd-(Buehrle)-(unknown)-(Danks)

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