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Marathon Men

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Oct 26, 2005 5:06PM

Chicagoist is more than a little bleary eyed this morning and we're having trouble not falling asleep at our desk despite 40oz. of coffee and counting. The White Sox and Astros kept us awake for way too long last night playing the longest game in World Series history. The game clocked in at 5 hours 41 minutes and spanned 14 innings, but the White Sox ultimately prevailed 7-5.

The Astros jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Jon Garland before the White Sox finally figured out Roy Oswalt in the 5th inning. Joe Crede lead off with a home run and by the time the inning ended, the Sox sent 11 guys to the plate and took a 5-4 lead. The score remained that way until Jason Lane doubled off Dustin Hermanson in the 8th to tie the game 5-5. The score remained tied at 5 for 6 innings, despite both teams having a number of opportunities to score. Astros left countless men on base -- it seemed like every inning they had two on with zero or one out. But the bullpen held them inning after inning. Finally, "scrub" Geoff Blum hit a home run to right field to break the tie. A couple of infield hits and a couple of walks added another run. Damaso Matre started the 14th for the Sox, and when two runners reached base Ozzie Guillen brought in Mark Buehrle to record the final out and seal the victory for the White Sox.

Last night's (this morning's?) win gives the White Sox a commanding 3-0 series lead, so things are looking very good for our first World Series title since 1917! Will we win it all tonight with a sweep of the Astros? Game 4 features Freddy Garcia against Brandon Backe. Looks pretty good.

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