Offense carries the day for other Sox
ALDS record five home runs put charge into South Siders
CHICAGO -- Talk about role reversal. This was what the Boston Red Sox were supposed to do, not the Chicago White Sox.
"I like it! I like it!" White Sox shortstop Juan Uribe said with a huge smile.
What was there not to like for the American League Central champions?
They blasted five home runs -- two by A.J. Pierzynski, one each by Uribe, Paul Konerko and Scott Podsednik. Yep, even Podsednik, who hadn't homered all season.
The home-run onslaught tied a Division Series record set by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first game of the National League playoff last year. It was an ALDS record.
The crowd of 40,717 at U.S. Cellular Field kept busy calling for the White Sox to pop out of the dugout for curtain calls during Tuesday's 14-2 drubbing of the Red Sox.
"I thought those were only for Paulie in the stadium," Pierzynski said. "He's the king of them all."
Not on this day, when the White Sox summoned up 11 hits. Pierzynski had a perfect day, adding a double to his two homers. He was also hit by a pitch, scored four runs and drove in four.
Only one other White Sox player had hit two home runs in the club's 40-game postseason history. Ted Kluszewski, a left-handed slugger with ham hocks for arms, belted two in the first game of the 1959 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Uribe and Podsednik each had three RBIs. Such an offense, but who knew?
"We always did," Konerko said, "but I don't think we'll be scoring 14 runs again."
It all began with a five-run first inning against Red Sox right-hander Matt Clement. Podsednik launched it by getting hit with a pitch.
"When he rolls, we roll," Konerko said.
Pierzynski, who'd been through playoff jitters with the Minnesota Twins, didn't have to sense that the White Sox had a case of the heebie-jeebies. They told him.
"Guys came up in the first inning and said their hands and legs were shaking," Pierzynski said. "I just kind of laughed because I've been there."
Well, they weren't shaking by the time the inning ended. Pierzynski calmed them with a three-run homer into the left-field seats for a 5-0 lead.
Podsednik had not hit a home run since Sept. 30, 2004, at St. Louis when he was played for the Milwaukee Brewers.
That's the kind of uncharacteristic day it was for the White Sox.
What could be ahead in Wednesday night's second game for these suddenly powerful White Sox?
"The main thing is for us to come out tomorrow and think it's not going to come as easy," Konerko said.
"We'll be playing our game again and it could be a 1-0, 2-1 game."
Manager Ozzie Guillen was asked about the naysayers who predicted the Red Sox mighty batsmen would humble the White Sox pitching in this best-of-five series.
"It's fun when you go home and they say you're not supposed to win the game, and you do it," he said.
Especially when you do it with five home runs.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.