Chicago Escapes Baltimore With Series Win

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Ken Singleton

May 5: Baltimore 4, Chicago 3 (10 innings)

 

The White Sox arrived at Camden Yards and kicked the series off with a tight one. Baltimore’s first two batters of the game came around to score, but Chicago pushed three runs over in the fourth and fifth to take the lead. Ken Singleton was a one-man wrecking crew in this game and drilled a Johnny Rigney pitch into the next dimension to tie the game in the seventh. It remained knotted until the bottom of the 10th. With Terry Forster pitching for the Sox, Matt Wieters reached on his third single of the day. Bobby Wallace pinch ran and stole second, and Ken Singleton knocked him in. Singleton finished 5-for-5 with a walk, two doubles, and a ding.

                    R  H BB
CHI 000 210 000 0 - 3  9  3
BAL 200 000 100 1 - 4 16  5

HR: K. Singleton (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rigney  6.2  3  3  1  4  3  
J. Powell  8.2  3  2  0  2  1 

CHI 11-17, BAL 16-12

May 6: Chicago 11, Baltimore 4

Not quite as much drama the next day, though the game remained close up until the eighth when Baltimore relievers were ineffectual. Chicago’s third, fourth, and fifth hitters did the kind of damage managers dream about when filling out lineup cards:

3. Frank Thomas: 4-for-5, HR
4. Chet Lemon: 3-for-4, 2B, BB
5. Magglio Ordonez: 2-for-5, HR

Frank Robinson was the lone bright spot for the Baltimore faithful and drilled two homers, scored three, and drove in three.

                   R  H BB
CHI 001 003 034 - 11 11  8
BAL 200 000 101 -  4  7  1

HR: F. Thomas (6), M. Ordonez (4), F. Robinson-2 (7)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte   8  3  3  1  1  1  
U. Shocker   7  4  4  1  3  2 

CHI 11-18, BAL 17-12

May 7: Chicago 5, Baltimore 1

Chris Sale was impressive again and lowered his ERA to 2.79, ninth best among qualified pitchers. The Orioles needed some help from a Luke Appling error to score their lone run of the day. Clinging to a 2-1 lead in the eighth, Chicago opened up some breathing room with a Joe Jackson double and Baltimore reliever Stu Miller’s inability to find the strike zone.

Ken Singleton was 9-for-12 with two walks, three doubles, and a homer in the series, placing himself in the rarefied air of fourth most weighted runs created in the league.

                  R H BB
CHI 100 100 030 - 5 9  7
BAL 000 010 000 - 1 6  1

HR: P. Konerko (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale       7  1  0  0  1  6  
J. Niggeling  7  2  2  1  2  1 

CHI 12-18, BAL 17-13
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