CHICAGO (AP) -- It's just June, a little early for celebrations.
But the way the Chicago White Sox came tearing out of their dugout
Saturday, it was apparent they were plenty excited over their
Tadahito Iguchi hit a game-winning single off Cleveland Indians
closer Bob Wickman past diving first baseman Ben Broussard as the
White Sox rallied for two runs in the 11th and a 4-3 victory
"When I first hit it, I thought it was going to be picked up,
but halfway through trying to run my hardest I saw it had gone
through," Iguchi said through a translator.
"I wanted to get my first major league walk-off hit and it was
good it came at this time," Iguchi added. "This team never gives
up. We know how to play baseball and we know how to play baseball
The Indians took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 11th when Victor
Martinez hit his second homer of the game.
In came Wickman (1-1), who was 8-for-8 this season and had the
majors' longest current streak with 24 straight saves dating to
last season. He couldn't close it out.
"I'll say one thing, I wasn't fooling anyone," Wickman said.
"They put some pretty good at-bats on me and I didn't get the job
done. We got the lead with Vic's home run and I came out there and
Mackowiak went to second on the throw and then tried to score on
Pablo Ozuna's RBI single to right. But Indians right fielder Casey
Blake made a strong throw as Martinez blocked the plate with his
left leg and Mackowiak was cut down for the second out.
Iguchi then delivered his single and Ozuna, who had moved to
second on the play at the plate, scored easily as the White Sox
raced from the dugout to celebrate.
"When he hit it, Broussard is pretty good over there so at
first I thought he had a chance," Pierzynski said. "Once we saw
it go through, we knew we had the game. It was big because we were
down a couple of times and kept finding a way to come back. ...
That's the way we won a lot of games last year."
Agustin Montero (1-0) got one out for his first major league
Martinez's ninth homer of the season was a solo shot to left
with one out in the 11th off Matt Thornton. Martinez also homered
in the sixth and had an RBI single in the first to drive in all the
Martinez thought the Indians were on the way to a win after his
"That's what I had in my mind -- go out there and close the game
and get the win," Martinez said. "Unfortunately, we didn't."
The White Sox tied the score in the eighth on a pinch-hit single
by Podsednik off Fernando Cabrera with two outs.
Martinez's first homer and RBI single came off Chicago starter
Mark Buehrle, who allowed six hits and two runs in eight-plus
Sabathia and Buehrle, two of the AL's top left-handers, met for
the eighth time in their careers and fourth time this season.
Sabathia has a 5-0 record against Buehrle, including 2-0 in 2006.
Buehrle threw 29 pitches in the first inning, finally striking
out Jhonny Peralta with the bases loaded after the Indians had
scored on Martinez's RBI single. Martinez's grounder between
shortstop and third came after Buehrle walked Jason Michaels and
hit Travis Hafner with a pitch.
White Sox 3B Joe Crede was out of the starting lineup for a
second straight game while recovering from back spasms. He said he
received an epidural Friday. Crede had to leave Thursday's game
against the Tigers when he hurt his back on a swing. "It's not as
bad as last year. ... It's just a spasm. Deal with it and move
on," said Crede, who played the final three months last season
with two herniated discs in his back. ... Hafner had a baserunning
gaffe in the third when he took off running with one out on
Martinez's fly to right and was easily doubled up. ... Martinez
threw out only his fifth would-be base stealer all season when he
got Ozuna in the third.