White Sox Game 2 analysis
Chicago turns around late deficit into a thrilling victory
CHICAGO -- Aura, Mystique and Tetnut -- that would be the Goddess of Rain -- clearly are all on the side of the White Sox these days.The do-what-it-takes Pale Hose did another number on the Astros in Sunday night's Game 2 of the World Series, turning a rare bind -- a late-game deficit -- into an uplifting, 7-6 victory. In the process, we learned one thing: The White Sox are far better equipped to handle a Bobby Jenks blip than Houston is to overcome a bad pitch by its closer. This was only the second time in their last 16 games that Ozzie Guillen's juggernaut has allowed more than three runs. And they won both of those games, the 5-4 victory over Boston is Game 2 of the Division Series, and Sunday night's freeze-dried instant South Side Classic.
On their way out of U.S. Cellular Field late Sunday night, Mark Buehrle's family paused for a long look around, with a guy in the party explaining, "We may not be here again, so I want to soak it all in." Have the Sox seen the last of their park this year?That all depends on what happens in Tuesday's Game 3. If Garland matches up with Oswalt and keeps the game close enough for the Sox's superior bullpen to make the difference, we may not even get a look at Game 5, much less another look at the South Side. With a 3-0 lead and a month's worth of momentum, Freddy Garcia would show up for Game 4 against Brandon Backe with hammer in hand and champagne on ice.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.