Wednesday, August 17, 2005, 5:54 pm
Ozuna, 3B … Iguchi, 2B … Everett, DH … Konerko, 1B … Rowand, CF … Dye, RF … Uribe, SS … Widger, C … Anderson, LF … Buehrle, LHP.
Tonight’s series finale features a matchup of two of the top left-handed pitchers in baseball, 2004 American League Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana, and Mark Buehrle, who currently ranks second in the AL with a 2.99 ERA. Santana is 9-2 with a 2.17 ERA in 12 road starts in 2005, while Buehrle is 8-1 with a 1.96 ERA in 12 starts at U.S. Cellular Field.
Tonight will be Paul Konerko’s 1,000th game with the White Sox.
Double Duty Radcliffe had to be proud today as he looked down on his funeral. Many baseball greats, from the Major Leagues and the Negro League, attended this morning’s funeral at the beautiful Chicago Apostolic Church. Duty will be missed at U.S. Cellular Field.
Greatest American Hero
Players were dying with laughter last night when Brian Anderson’s first plate appearance was greeted with the theme song from "Greatest American Hero." Players claim the resemblance is uncanny.
I was all set to write something witty about Timo’s clutch double last night, but it took most of today to lose the lump in the pit of my stomach from the loss. Last night was tough in that it had all the makings of a 2005 White Sox victory (rally, great bullpen outings, etc.) before Cuddyer’s blast in the ninth. Both teams have outstanding bullpens, which made for very tense extra innings. We just blew too many chances and it finally caught up with us. Tough loss.