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World Series Game 2 postgame notes

World Series Game 2 postgame notes

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ANDY PETTITTE: 6 ip, 8 h, 2 r-er, 0 bb, 4 so...98 pitches/65 strikes.

PETTITTE left with a 4-2 lead for the 2nd consecutive time in this postseason, only to receive a no decision. He had that advantage in the 7th inning in Game 5 of the NLCS before ALBERT PUJOLS' 3-run homer in the 9th off BRAD LIDGE gave St. Louis a 5-4 win.

Pettitte is 1-1, 4.26 in 4 starts in this postseason and 3-4, 3.82 in his 11 World Series starts. He is now tied for 2nd all-time in WS starts (11), is 9th in innings (66), and is tied for 12th in strikeouts (46).

PAUL KONERKO hit the 18th grand slam in World Series history in the 7th inning, the 1st ever for a White Sox player:

PlayerTeamDate/GameInning
Elmer SmithCleveland10/10/20 - 51
Tony LazzeriNew York (AL)10/2/36 - 23
Gil McDougaldNew York (AL)10/9/51 - 53
Mickey MantleNew York (AL)10/4/53 - 53
Yogi BerraNew York (AL)10/5/56 - 22
Bill SkowronNew York (AL)10/10/56 - 77
Bobby RichardsonNew York (AL)10/8/60 - 31
Chuck HillerSan Francisco10/8/62 - 47
Ken BoyerSt. Louis10/11/64 - 46
Joe PepitoneNew York (AL)10/14/64 - 68
Jim NorthrupDetroit10/9/68 - 63
Dave McNallyBaltimore10/13/70 - 36
Dan GladdenMinnesota10/17/87 - 14
Kent HrbekMinnesota10/24/87 - 66
Jose CansecoOakland10/15/88 - 12
Lonnie SmithAtlanta10/22/92 - 55
Tino MartinezNew York (AL)10/17/98 - 17
Paul KonerkoChicago (AL)10/23/04 - 27


FIRST SLAM: It was also the first grand slam ever for a White Sox player in postseason history.

MARK BUEHRLE: 7 ip, 7 h, 4 r-er, 0 bb, 6 so, 1 hr...100 pitches/69 strikes.

BUEHRLE, who had a no decision tonight, has a 3.52 era (9 er/23 ip) in 3 starts in this postseason.

CLIFF POLITTE: 1 ip, 0 h, 0 r, 1 so...Politte has pitched 2 scoreless innings in his 2 postseason appearances.

BOBBY JENKS: 0.2 ip, 2 h, 2 r-er, 1 bb, 1 so...Jenks had pitched 4.1 scoreless innings and converted all 3 save tries in his 3 postseason appearances before failing in the save opportunity tonight...His postseason era is now 3.60.

NEAL COTTS: 0.1 ip, 0 h, 0 r, 0 so...Cotts has pitched 2 scoreless innings in 4 appearances in this postseason.

THE WHITE SOX BULLPEN had not allowed a run in 11 innings in this postseason before the Astros scored twice in the 9th to tie the game..

DAN WHEELER: 0.2 ip, 1 h, 3 r-er, 1 bb, 1 so, 1 hbp...Wheeler has a 4.69 era (4 er/7.2 ip) in 7 appearances in this postseason.

CHAD QUALLS: 0.2 ip, 2 h, 1 r-er, 1 hr...Qualls has a 2.70 era (3 er/10 ip) in 8 games in this postseason.

MIKE GALLO: 0.2 ip, 0 h, 0 r, 0 bb, 0 so...Gallo has pitched 3 scoreless innings in 6 postseason games.

BRAD LIDGE: 0.1 ip, 1 h, 1 r-er, 1 hr...Lidge has issued game-winning home runs in each of his last 2 appearances in this postseason, losing Game 5 of the NLCS and tonight. He is 0-2, 4.82 in 8 postseason outings.

JOSE VIZCAINO
had been 0-7 in this postseason, 0-3 as a pinch-hitter, before the game-tying 2-run single in the top of the 9th.

SCOTT PODSEDNIK hit the 14th walk-off home run in World Series history tonight, the 1st ever for a White Sox player:

PlayerTeamDateInning
Tommy HeinrichNew York (AL)10/5/49-19
Dusty RhodesNew York (NL)9/29/54-110
Eddie MathewsMilwaukee10/6/57-410
Bill MazeroskiPittsburgh10/13/60-79-LAST GAME OF SERIES
Mickey MantleNew York (AL)10/10/64-39
Carlton FiskBoston10/21/75-612
Kirk GibsonLos Angeles10/15/88-19
Mark McGwireOakland10/18/88-39
Kirby PuckettMinnesota10/26/91-611
Joe CarterToronto10/23/93-69-LAST GAME OF SERIES
Chad CurtisNew York (AL)10/26/99-310
Derek JeterNew York (AL)10/31/01-410
Alex GonzalezFlorida10/22/03-412
SCOTT PODSEDNIKChicago (AL)10/23/05-29


THAT BLAST was Podsednik's 2nd homer of this postseason after he had none in 507 regular season at bats...Of the players on the above list, CHAD CURTIS had the previous fewest homers in the regular season, with 5 in 1999.

WALK-OFF WIN: This was the White Sox' 2nd lifetime walk-off victory in a postseason game, the other being Game 2 of this year's ALCS vs. Los Angeles...Overall, it was the 54th game in World Series history that did not end with an out. That last one was Oct. 22, 2003, Game 4 when ALEX GONZALEZ won the game for Florida with a 12th inning home run.

CHICAGO has won its last 6 games of this postseason since losing to the Angels in Game 1 of the ALCS and is 9-1 overall.

THE ASTROS have dropped consecutive games for the 1st time in this postseason.

2-0 LEAD: This is the 50th time that a team has taken a 2-0 lead in a World Series...Of the previous 49, 38 have gone on to win the world title. It marked the 35th time a home team has gone up 2-0.

HOUSTON
6-9-0
LP: Lidge (0-1)

CHICAGO
7-12-0
WP: Cotts (1-0)

HR: Ensberg, Konerko, Podsednik
Time: 3:11
Att: 41,432
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