Forget March Madness. Even though last evening’s Twins/White Sox game had the feel of a NCAA basketball tournament play-in game (i.e., two teams who weren’t expected to be in the playoffs, win or go home), it was baseball at its best. Crisply played (how often can you say that about an American League game), great pitching by both teams (John Danks throws a 2-hitter in a pressure game), and two great plays.
The old bulls came through. Ken Griffey, Jr. – who will now get another shot at a World Series – threw a strike from center field to nail the Twins’ only scoring chance at home plate, thanks to a strong tag by A.J. Pierzynski. Jim Thome hit a home run a mile long for the only run in a 1-0 win.
So, the White Sox are in to play Tampa Bay, keeping hope alive for the first all-Chicago World Series since 1906. Ozzie and Lou – now that would be fun! Great start to the playoffs.
More to come…