On This Date In White Sox History

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

1921: Red Faber fired a two-hitter as the White Sox stopped a four-game skid with a 4-0 win at Cleveland. Earl Sheely was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI in helping Faber walked two and struck out three to improve to 3-2.

1931: Red Faber earned the win with four scoreless innings of relief in the White Sox 7-3 win in Detroit. Faber gave up one hit and fanned one for his first win of the season. Bob Fothergill doubled, tripled and drove in three as the Sox improved the Sox to 9-8. The day would be the last manager Donie Bush’s team would be over .500 this season. The Sox finished 56-97 and in last place in the eight-team American League, 51.5 games behind the Philadelphia Athletics.

1945: Tony Cuccinello’s walkoff RBI single handed the White Sox a 3-2 win over Cleveland at Comiskey Park and moved them into a virtual tie for first place. Waukegan native Johnny Dickshot scored the winning run that made a victor out of Thornton Lee, who went the distance and allowed just one run for his second win. The Sox moved to 7-3 for their best 10-game start since 1935.

1951: The White Sox blanked the Washington Senators 7-0 before 3,109 at Comiskey Park. Bob Cain got the victory with relief help from Randy Gumpert. The win Cain’s last with the White Sox before being dealt to Detroit for Saul Rogovin 10 days later.

1967: Pete Ward broke a tie with an RBI single in the ninth to lift the White Sox to a 3-2 win over the Indians at Cleveland. With one out, Tommie Agee singled, stole second and scored on Ward’s single to left. Tommy John went the distance for the win as the Sox won their third straight in a streak which would stretch to 10.

1968: Gary Peters’ grand slam, just the third in White Sox history by a pitcher, and Ken Berry’s solo home run powered the White Sox to a 5-1 win over the Yankees in the first game of a doubleheader before 9,827 at Comiskey Park. Berry’s homer came in the third and put the Sox ahead 1-0. Peters’ blast came an inning later and scored Tommy Davis, Duane Josephson and Buddy Bradford. Peters’ grand slam was the last by a White Sox pitcher and the first since Tommy Byrne accomplished the feat as a pinch-hitter May 16, 1953. Monty Stratton hit the first grand slam by a Sox pitcher on June 10, 1938. The Sox lost the second game 4-1. Gary Peters went 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter in the nightcap.

1973: The first-place White Sox ran their winning streak to eight and their shutout streak to 28 innings in a 4-0 win over the Yankees before 26,048 at Comiskey Park. Eddie Fisher and Terry Forster scattered eight hits with Fisher getting the win and Forster firing 3.2 innings of scoreless relief for his fifth save. Bill Melton paced the offense with two hits and two RBIs.

1974: Jim Kaat turned in eight sparkling innings in the White Sox fifth consecutive victory — a 4-3 decision over the Brewers in Milwaukee. The Sox held a 2-0 lead going into the eighth when they got a key insurance two-run homer from Bucky Dent, the first of his career. Kaat got an out in the ninth but yielded a three-run home run to Don Money before heading to the showers. Cy Acosta came on but put two men on. Enter Terry Forster who got Bobby Mitchell to line into a game-ending double play.

1992: The White Sox scored four in the first, with three coming on a George Bell homer, and Jack McDowell improved to 6-0 in a 12-2 pasting of the Milwaukee Brewers before 22,901 at Comiskey Park. Bell finished with four RBI while Ron Karkovice drove in three as the White Sox won for the third straight day and moved a half game ahead of Oakland in first place in the American League West.

2004: Billy Koch wiggled out of his own bases-loaded no out jam in the ninth to preserve the White Sox 6-5 win at Baltimore. After the Sox had overtaken the O’s in the seventh on RBI by Juan Uribe and Magglio Ordonez, Koch allowed just one run in the ninth. Koch got a fielder’s choice and a ground out to end it as the Sox improved to 17-10.

2005: Eighth-inning bases-loaded walks to Juan Uribe and Scott Podsednik sent the White Sox to a 2-1 win over the Royals before 15,389 at US Cellular Field. The game marked the 28th consecutive contest in which the Sox grabbed a lead (a record to start a season) and was the first tilt the team won with just two hits since May 21, 2000. Jose Contreras gave up one run on four hits in eight innings for his first win.

2007: Joe Crede’s sixth-inning single scored A.J. Pierzynski with the go-ahead run in the White Sox 6-3 win at Anaheim. Jon Garland gave up three runs in seven solid innings for his first win. Bobby Jenks worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save as the Sox stopped a five-game skid.

Source: Jeff Szynal

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