Posted: Monday October 24, 2005 12:40AM; Updated: Tuesday October 25, 2005 11:18AM
Game 2: White Sox 7, Astros 6
Craig Biggio, 2B
No sting in this Killer B tonight.
Willy Taveras, CF
2-4, 3B, 2 R
He's been Houston's best player the first two games.
Lance Berkman, 1B
1-3, 2B, 3 RBI
He drove in three of the Astros' first four runs, including an impressive double off Buehrle in the fifth.
Morgan Ensberg, 3B
1-4, R, RBI, HR
He got off the schneid with his first home run of the postseason.
Jeff Bagwell, DH
It looked like we were in for another day of Bagwell bashing until he led off the ninth with a single off White Sox closer Bobby Jenks.
Jason Lane, RF
That was a heads-up play to get the forceout at second after Biggio dropped a popup in the second inning.
Chris Burke, LF
0-3, R, BB
He misplayed A.J. Pierzynski's flyball into a double but made up for it by drawing a crucial walk in the ninth.
Brad Ausmus, C
2-4, R, 2B
Is this the same Ausmus who has been worthless as a hitter his whole career? OK, just checking.
Adam Everett, SS
He failed to advance Ausmus to third with nobody out in the fifth.
Andy Pettitte, LHP
6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Working in and out of trouble much of the night, the old pro did a nice job overall. As usual, Pettitte proved especially adept in fielding his position, picking off Tadahito Iguchi in the fifth and getting the lead runner out on a comebacker that same inning. The White Sox were aggressive, putting the first or second pitch in play nine times in 25 at-bats against him, but Pettitte adjusted by starting off many of them with a curveball instead of the cutter they were looking for.
Loss, BS, 2.0 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, HR
Two of the best relievers in the NL -- Dan Wheeler and Brad Lidge -- proved ineffective. That would shake any team to its core.
Jose Vizcaino's pinch-hit single in the ninth gave the Astros life, but it didn't last very long.
I was going to rip him for not going to Brad Lidge in the seventh inning to face Paul Konerko. Save situation or not, that at-bat was the ballgame. But it turned out he needed Lidge to get him into extra innings. It's not Garner's fault his uber-closer gave up a bomb to a lightweight leadoff man.
Scott Podsednik, LF
1-5, R, RBI, HR
Up until that walkoff home run, his highlight of the night was a 10-pitch at-bat to lead off the first inning. He only saw nine pitches his next three at-bats and bobbled Berkman's fifth-inning double off the wall. But all was forgiven with that one swing off Lidge.
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B
1-3, R, BB
He coaxed a walk out of Wheeler during the club's seventh-inning rally and snared a liner off Bagwell's bat earlier.
Jermaine Dye, RF
1-3, R, HBP
Did that pitch by Wheeler hit him? No. And you can't even credit Dye for doing a nice acting job, 'cause he didn't. But give Dye credit for another night of quality at-bats.
Paul Konerko, 1B
1-4, R, 4 RBI, HR
When he hit his go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning, who could have guessed it would only be the second-biggest hit of the game? As a free agent in waiting, Konerko is setting himself up for a lucrative winter.
Carl Everett, DH
Emboldened by his baserunning exploits in Game 1, Everett took off for second base after Konerko's grand slam. Note to Everett: It's never a good idea to give away an out like that, even when you have just taken a two-run lead.
Aaron Rowand, CF
2-4, 1 R
He channeled Lonnie Smith on the bases when he failed to get to third base on A.J. Pierzynski's second-inning double. Rowand is lucky that Joe Crede's ensuing single made his blunder a moot point.
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Aaron Rowand's shoddy baserunning cost him a double in the second inning.
Joe Crede, 3B
Another night, another big hit. Plus, he robbed Adam Everett twice on line drives. Crede's got a head start on the 2006 Gold Glove race. Eric Chavez, consider yourself warned.
Juan Uribe, SS
2-4, R, RBI, SB
Uribe kickstarted the four-run rally in the seventh with a double and drove in a run on a fielder's choice earlier.
Mark Buehrle, LHP
7.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
The Astros have yet to draw a walk off a Chicago starter in 14 innings this Series. Buehrle, whose biggest mistake of the night was getting beat for a two-out, two-run double by Berkman, stood to get the win until the Astros' ninth-inning rally.
Win, BS, 2.0 IP, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Bobby Jenks was the happiest man in the Chicago dugout after Pods' home run. On the other hand, Cliff Politte and Neal Cotts continued their outstanding work.
Nope, not tonight either, boys.
For a guy who loves to see complete games, Guillen also knows when to apply the hook. Buehrle was lifted after 100 pitches and, more important, Jenks was taken out after giving up the game-tying hit in the ninth. Guillen knew better than to leave the rattled youngster out there.