Tuesday, September 30, 2008

White Sox win tiebreaker, face Rays in playoffs

For the first time in their 107 year history, the Chicago White Sox played a tiebreaker game to determine whether they'd move on to the post-season. Although the Sox played poorly in the last week of the season, they came into tonight's win-or-clean-out-your-lockers match-up against the Minnesota Twins on the modest strength of a two-game winning streak.

The South Siders prevailed, defeating the Twins 1-0 thanks to pitcher John Danks' masterful performance. In eight innings the lefty gave up just two hits. Morton, Illinois native Jim Thome hit a 461 foot blast of a home run in the seventh inning--and that was all the scoring the White Sox needed.

Tonight's game was reminiscent of Game Four of the 2005 World Series. The White Sox defeated the Houston Astros 1-0, scoring the game's only run in the eighth inning. In that match-up, as well as in tonight's tiebreaker, Bobby Jenks earned the save.

The Al Central Champions travel to St. Petersburg to face the, yes it's true, mighty Tampa Bay Rays for the first game in their best of five series.

I'm excited. So is Chicago, and for the first time in 102 years, both Chicago baseball teams are playing postseason baseball. Back then postseason only meant the World Series, and that year the White Sox topped the Cubs, four games to two.

I'm pulling for the Cubs to win their first National League pennant since 1945. And I want them to meet the Sox in the Series again.

With the same result as in 1906.

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