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Konerko helps White Sox sweep Royals

Apr 25, 2007 - 6:49 AM KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- The Chicago White Sox capitalized when they needed to the most.

Pablo Ozuna drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning as the White Sox completed a two-game series sweep over the Kansas City Royals with a 9-7 victory.

Darin Erstad, Paul Konerko and Juan Uribe each drove in two runs for Chicago, which endured a 1-hour, 46-minute rain delay prior to the start of the game.

Konerko started the decisive frame with a two-out walk against Royals reliever Joakim Soria (1-1) and moved to second on A.J. Pierzynski's single. Ozuna then followed with a hard shot off Soria's hip to move all runners up a base, allowing Konerko to score on Soria's throwing error to first base.

Pierzynski, who finished with three hits, then scored on the righthander's wild pitch to cap the rally in the back-and-fourth contest.

"You just have to keep playing. That's baseball," Erstad said. "Just when you think you've seen everything, then you seen something else."

Boone Logan (1-0) got the final two outs of the eighth to pick up the win and closer Bobby Jenks got the final three outs for his eighth save as the White Sox won for the sixth time in seven games.

"Overall it was a good game for us, more mentally than anything else," Chicago manager Ozzie Gullien said. "Down 4-0 in the first it would have been easy for us to say let's get the game done and go back to Chicago but we battled back."

Kansas City battled back from a 6-4 deficit to scored three runs in the seventh. Mark Grudzielanek had an RBI double, Mark Teahen added a run-scoring single and Emil Brown capped the frame with a run-scoring double.

However, Chicago third baseman Joe Crede tied the game one frame later with his solo shot - his second - to left-center off Brandon Duckworth.

"Anytime you have a game where rain is forecast it is tough conditions for everybody, you just have to deal with it," Crede said. "They (Royals) had a lot of momentum."

White Sox starter Javier Vazquez gave up four runs and seven hits in six-plus innings to remain winless in two consecutive starts.

"It's important to win games like this when everybody battles," Vazquez said. "It was a tough game but we did it. We have a good hitting team. I felt like if I held them we would have a chance. Nobody wants to be playing right now, at midnight, but we got the win."

Kansas City starter Brian Bannister allowed four runs in five hits in 4 1/3 frames in his longest outing since August 25, 2006, as a member of the New York Mets.

"I didn't pick up my teammates," Bannister said. "The runners got in scoring position and I really needed to make one big pitch and they got me both times. If I could have controlled both of those situations, it would have been a lot different outcome."








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHI WHITE SOX 1 0 0 2 1 2 0 1 2 9 11 3
    KANSAS CITY 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 7 10 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CHA - JAVIER VAZQUEZ, MATT THORNTON (7TH), MIKE MACDOUGAL (7TH),
    BOONE LOGAN (8TH), BOBBY JENKS (9TH) AND A.J. PIERZYNSKI
    KAN - BRIAN BANNISTER, JOEL PERALTA (5TH),

    Apr 25 1:23 AM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY JOAKIM SORIA ALLOWED A.J. PIERZYNSKI TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, P OZUNA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 9
    KANSAS CITY 7 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J CREDE (.233, 1-FOR-4, HR, RBI)

    White Sox vs. RoyalsApr 25 1:17 AM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY JOAKIM SORIA ALLOWED PAUL KONERKO TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, P OZUNA ON FIRST, A PIERZYNSKI ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 8
    KANSAS CITY 7 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J CREDE (.233, 1-FOR-4, HR, RBI)

    White Sox vs. RoyalsApr 25 1:15 AM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JOE CREDE (2) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF BRANDON DUCKWORTH.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 7, KANSAS CITY 7
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: R MACKOWIAK (.200, 1-FOR-3)

    White Sox vs. RoyalsApr 25 12:40 AM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY EMIL BROWN SCORED MARK TEAHEN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, E BROWN ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 6
    KANSAS CITY 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: A GORDON (.145, 1-FOR-2, HBP, RBI)

    Apr 25 12:31 AM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY EMIL BROWN SCORED MARK TEAHEN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, E BROWN ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 6
    KANSAS CITY 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: A GORDON (.145, 1-FOR-2, HBP, RBI)

    White Sox vs. RoyalsApr 25 12:31 AM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: M MacDougal relieved M Thornton.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M TEAHEN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 6
    KANSAS CITY 6 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: R Sanders (.412, 1-FOR-3)

    Apr 25 12:23 AM


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    AT KANSAS CITY - PITCHING CHANGE
    CHA: MIKE MACDOUGAL (0-0, 3.38) IN THE 7TH
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M TEAHEN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 6, KANSAS CITY 6
    DUE UP FOR KANSASCITY: R SANDERS (.412, 1-FOR-3)

    Apr 25 12:23 AM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK TEAHEN SCORED MARK GRUDZIELANEK.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M TEAHEN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 6
    KANSAS CITY 6 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: R SANDERS (.412, 1-FOR-3)

    Apr 25 12:22 AM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK TEAHEN SCORED MARK GRUDZIELANEK.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M TEAHEN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 6
    KANSAS CITY 6 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: R SANDERS (.412, 1-FOR-3)

    White Sox vs. RoyalsApr 25 12:22 AM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MARK GRUDZIELANEK SCORED TONY PENA JR.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M GRUDZIELANEK ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 6
    KANSAS CITY 5 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M TEAHEN (.274, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Apr 25 12:19 AM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MARK GRUDZIELANEK SCORED TONY PENA JR.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M GRUDZIELANEK ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 6
    KANSAS CITY 5 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M TEAHEN (.274, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    White Sox vs. RoyalsApr 25 12:19 AM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: M Thornton relieved J Vazquez.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, T PENA JR ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 6
    KANSAS CITY 4 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: D DeJesus (.325, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 25 12:16 AM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - PITCHING CHANGE
    CHA: MATT THORNTON (1-1, 5.40) IN THE 7TH
    SITUATION: NO RUNS IN, T PENA JR ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 6, KANSAS CITY 4
    DUE UP FOR KANSASCITY: D DEJESUS (.325, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 25 12:16 AM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: R Mackowiak in right field.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 6
    KANSAS CITY 4 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: T Pena Jr (.186, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 25 12:13 AM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: P Ozuna in left field.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 6
    KANSAS CITY 4 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: T Pena Jr (.186, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 25 12:13 AM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHI WHITE SOX 1 0 0 2 1 2 0 6 8 1
    KANSAS CITY 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 1 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CHA - JAVIER VAZQUEZ
    KAN - BRANDON DUCKWORTH

    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: T PENA JR (.186, 0-FOR-2)
    D DEJESUS (.325, 0-FOR-2, BB)
    M GRUDZIELANEK (.241, 1-FOR

    Apr 25 12:11 AM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DARIN ERSTAD SCORED ROB MACKOWIAK AND BRIAN
    ANDERSON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D ERSTAD ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 6
    KANSAS CITY 4 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: T IGUCHI (.269, 0-FOR-3)

    White Sox vs. RoyalsApr 24 11:51 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: J Peralta relieved B Bannister.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, P KONERKO ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 4
    KANSAS CITY 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A Pierzynski (.210, 2-FOR-2)

    Apr 24 11:30 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - PITCHING CHANGE
    KAN: JOEL PERALTA (0-2, 7.45) IN THE 5TH
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, P KONERKO ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 4, KANSAS CITY 4
    DUE UP FOR CHWHITESOX: A PIERZYNSKI (.210, 2-FOR-2)

    Apr 24 11:30 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PAUL KONERKO SCORED DARIN ERSTAD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, P KONERKO ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 4
    KANSAS CITY 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A PIERZYNSKI (.210, 2-FOR-2)

    Apr 24 11:27 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PAUL KONERKO SCORED DARIN ERSTAD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, P KONERKO ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 4
    KANSAS CITY 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A PIERZYNSKI (.210, 2-FOR-2)

    White Sox vs. RoyalsApr 24 11:27 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHI WHITE SOX 1 0 0 2 3 3 1
    KANSAS CITY 4 0 0 0 4 6 1 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CHA - JAVIER VAZQUEZ
    KAN - BRIAN BANNISTER

    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: D ERSTAD (.203, 0-FOR-1)
    T IGUCHI (.275, 0-FOR-2)
    P KONERKO (.206, 0-FOR-1, SF, RBI)

    Apr 24 11:20 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JUAN URIBE SCORED A.J. PIERZYNSKI AND JERMAINE
    DYE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J URIBE ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 3
    KANSAS CITY 4 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: B ANDERSON (.100, 0-FOR-1)

    White Sox vs. RoyalsApr 24 11:16 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHI WHITE SOX 1 0 1 1 0
    KANSAS CITY 4 4 4 1 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CHA - JAVIER VAZQUEZ
    KAN - BRIAN BANNISTER

    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: R SHEALY (.109, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
    T PENA JR (.191, 0 HR, 4 RBI)
    D DEJESUS (.333, 0-FOR-0, B

    Apr 24 10:36 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ALEX GORDON SCORED ROSS GLOAD.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, A GORDON ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    KANSAS CITY 4 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J BUCK (.389, 4 HR, 6 RBI)

    White Sox vs. RoyalsApr 24 10:23 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY ROSS GLOAD SCORED MARK GRUDZIELANEK AND MARK
    TEAHEN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, R GLOAD ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    KANSAS CITY 3 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: A GORDON (.133, 2 HR, 4 RBI)

    White Sox vs. RoyalsApr 24 10:21 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK TEAHEN SCORED DAVID DEJESUS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M TEAHEN ON FIRST, M GRUDZIELANEK ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    KANSAS CITY 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: R SANDERS (.419, 2 HR, 7 RBI)

    White Sox vs. RoyalsApr 24 10:16 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHI WHITE SOX 1 1 1 0
    KANSAS CITY 0 0 1 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CHA - JAVIER VAZQUEZ
    KAN - BRIAN BANNISTER

    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: D DEJESUS (.333, 3 HR, 7 RBI)
    M GRUDZIELANEK (.235, 1 HR, 9 RBI)
    M TEAHEN (.

    White Sox vs. RoyalsApr 24 10:07 PM