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White Sox Tue Apr 26 2011
I apologize for being brief, sports fans, as I still have Bulls and Blackhawks games to watch. I must however take a break from Chicago's Tuesday Night Sports Overload to report that things are looking mighty good on the South Side after tonight's game at Yankee Stadium. After grabbing the last two outs with stellar sequential diving catches, Brent Lillibridge gave the Sox their first back-to-back wins since April 9-10. His effort was worth it -- it feels like the tide is finally turning for our Sox.
Hawk Harrelson let out his most cathartic "You can put it on the boooard! YES!" of the season after Paul Konerko took Rafael Soriano deep in the eighth for a two-run homer to give the Good Guys the lead. Gavin Floyd also gave the Sox his best performance of the season as he flirted with going the distance with only four hits and two earned runs over eight innings. He also fanned 10 members of the Evil Empire.
There is of course some bad news to report -- there is no way anyone (hopefully this includes Ozzie) could possibly consider Matt Thornton a closer after tonight. After taking the mound with a runner on first, he gave up a sac bunt followed by a walk to Mark Teixeira. That was all Ozzie needed to see, and it was up to Sergio Santos to get the final two outs.
Had Lillibridge not been determined to get on the Web Gems highlight reel, Santos would have been the new focal point of Sox fan scorn. So while the White Sox still need an answer for the ninth, tonight we celebrate. With two wins in the Bronx under their belt, this feels like a much more capable team that it did last week.