White Sox short hops
Clutch hitting carries South Siders to 2-0 series advantage
Is it true? A team, unaccustomed to piling runs on the scoreboard as the White Sox did in the opener, suddenly becomes comatose in the next game.
It appeared that way when, after dousing the Red Sox, 14-2, the White Sox came out scoreless for four innings Wednesday night against David Wells.
But, nevermind. With help, they were able to summon up another five-run inning to match their Game 1 getaway.Behind the numbers
Six homers, 20 hits, 19 runs, two wins. Who could hope for more from the offense? From the pitchers, no homers allowed, just one unintentional walk.
A look at key statistics through Game 2 of the ALDS.
|ERA||3.00||Mark Buehrle survived|
|BA||.308||20 hits in two games|
|BA w/ RISP||8-for-15||Coming up with big hits|
|Runs||19||What else after a 14-run game?|
|Tadahito Iguchi||3-run HR, 1B||Hitless in opener, then a game-winner|
|Bobby Jenks||2 scoreless innings for first postseason save||Stranded two runners|
|Jermaine Dye||1-for-7||First hit in last at-bat|
Second baseman Tony Graffanino put his glove down on Juan Uribe's grounder, ready to start an inning-ending double play, and came up oh-so-empty.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen avoided one when he stuck with Jenks for two innings and the kid came through.
This is the first time the White Sox have held a 2-0 lead in a postseason series since 1917 when they beat the New York Giants, 2-1 and 7-2, en route to their last World Series championship.
In their only other AL Division Series, the White Sox were blown away in three by the Seattle Mariners. Now redemption is at hand.
"They never put their heads down." -- Guillen, on his players
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.