Thursday, August 17, 2006, 9:55 am
Ozuna, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; Crede, 3B; Anderson, CF; Uribe, SS; Alomar, C. Buehrle on the mound.
It was ugly. No doubt about it. Everything seemed flat. As Ozzie said, let’s hope the last two games serve as a slap on the face to get us going.
Given the sweep of the Tigers, we all were hoping to go 3-1 against the Royals which would have given us an 8-2 homestand. A win today puts us at 7-3 on the homestand. We’ll take it but grudgingly.
Last night marked the 41st sellout of the season and 21st in a row, both franchise records. We certainly could not have accomplished those marks without the buzz and excitement of our fans. Thank you. There are about 1,000 tickets left for today’s day game, so our streak might end, but you should take great pride in the accomplishment.
History Lesson — Mark Buehrle is in position to become the White Sox fifth 10-game winner of the season, joining Jon Garland (13-4), Jose Contreras (11-5), Freddy Garcia (11-7) and Javier Vazquez (11-7) … the Sox have not featured five 10-game winners on the same staff since 1990 when Greg Hibbard (14-9), Jack McDowell (14-9), Melido Perez (13-14), Eric King (12-4) and Barry Jones (11-4) accomplished the feat … all 11 of Jones wins in 1990 came in relief … the last time Chicago had five starting pitchers win 10 or more games in the same season was in 1983: Cy Young Award winner LaMarr Hoyt (24-10), Rich Dotson (22-7), Floyd Bannister (16-10), Jerry Koosman (11-7) and Britt Burns (10-11).
Grand Salamis — Alex Cintron last night hit his first career grand slam and the ninth of the season for the White Sox, setting a new franchise record (see box at lower right) … Joe Crede leads the Sox with three grand slams in 2006, Tadahito Iguchi has two, while Cintron, Ross Gload, Scott Podsednik and Jim Thome have one apiece … the Sox hit grand slams in three straight games on 6/23-25 vs. Houston, the first major-league team to accomplish the feat since Detroit on 8/10-12/93.