Posted: Wednesday October 26, 2005 2:53AM; Updated: Wednesday October 26, 2005 3:24AM
Game 3: White Sox 7, Astros 5
Scott Podsednik, LF
2-8, R, SB
After basking in the glory of his walkoff homer, Pods went back to his bread and butter: chopping the ball through the infield and running like hell.
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B
2-7, R, RBI
Hs bat is coming around after a three-game mini-slump (0-12). He needed to get that bunt down in the 11th, though.
Jermaine Dye, RF
2-7, R, RBI
He's been locked in all Series, and never more so than his eight-pitch at-bat in the fifth that ended with a crucial RBI single.
Paul Konerko, 1B
1-4, 2 BB
The "Smart Ball" White Sox are much better when Konerko hits the longball.
A.J. Pierzynski, C
1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
He saw 14 pitches, drawing two walks, in his first two plate appearances. On his third at-bat, he hit a 1-0 pitch for a double to Tal's Hill that would have been a homer in almost any other park.
Aaron Rowand, CF
Why didn't he argue when Lane's hit was ruled a home run? And does he have to swing for the fences on 0-2 pitches?
Joe Crede, 3B
2-5, BB, R, RBI, HR
Got the five-run rally started with an oppo home run.
Juan Uribe, SS
He opened the door for a two-run second inning by hitting baserunner Adam Everett and botching a rundown.
Jon Garland, RHP
7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
He took control once the White Sox took the lead, retiring 12 of the last 13 batters he faced and getting the lead to the bullpen.
Win, 7.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 10 BB, 10 K
Orlando Hernandez was their ace in the hole -- he could have pitched all night if he hadn't come up lame. After that it was a scramble, with Game 2 starter Mark Buehrle having to get the final out for the save.
Hey, these guys came in handy for once, nobody more so than Geoff Blum, who homered in his first Series at-bat with two outs in the 14th inning.
Did he finally make a bad move? Guillen lifted Garland after 93 pitches even though the right-hander appeared to be settling in. But Guillen redeemed himself by calling on Buehrle to get the final out after an error gave the Astros another chance in the 14th.
Craig Biggio, 2B
2-6, 2B, BB, 2 R, RBI
He got the crowd buzzing with a leadoff double. Speaking of which, that beehive sound effect is growing on me.
Willy Taveras, CF
He popped up a sac bunt in the first inning and struck out with the winning run on third with one out in the ninth.
Lance Berkman, LF
2-5, RBI, 2 BB
A nice night but couldn't quite find the Crawford Boxes.
Morgan Ensberg, 3B
1-6, R, RBI
He still doesn't look like the guy who carried the Astros' offense all year, but at least he flashed some leather on that 14th-inning double-play grounder.
Mike Lamb, 1B
Only a .179 hitter against lefties this season, he coaxed a walk out of southpaw Neal Cotts in the ninth that moved the tying run into scoring position.
Jason Lane, RF
2-6, R, 2 RBI, 2B, HR
In the 10th inning, he swung at the first pitch from a reliever (Luis Vizcaino) who hadn't seen action since Oct. 2. Lane popped up.
Brad Ausmus, C
He couldn't even throw Pods out on a pitchout. What happened to his arm?
Adam Everett, SS
1-5, BB, Sac, R
He'll have to swing a few seconds earlier to catch up to Bobby Jenks' heat.
Roy Oswalt, RHP
6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 5 R, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 K
His stuff was electric early, but the White Sox had him figured out by the third time through the order. Sometimes you have to give the hitters credit.
Loss, 8.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 K
Brad Lidge must have found his slider on the way back from Chicago. They got a yeoman effort from Chad Qualls (3.0 IP scoreless). It's too bad Ezequiel Astacio didn't get the memo on avoiding low-and-in fastballs to left-handed hitters.
Chris Burke provided a nice spark with his baserunning display in the ninth, and Orlando Palmeiro drew a couple of walks.
You don't often see theatrics from managers not named Larry Bowa or Bobby Valentine, but running out of the dugout to talk to Burke in the ninth inning put White Sox reliever El Duque on edge. Ultimately though, Garner lost this game because he didn't feel like he had a starting pitcher he could turn to, unlike in Game 4 of the NLDS when the Rocket bailed Houston out.