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Wise's pinch-hit grand slam helps ChiSox complete DH sweep

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Just as a sweet sweep appeared to be slipping away, DeWayne Wise picked the perfect moment to hit his first grand slam.

He hit a pinch-hit shot in the eighth inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 11-7 to complete a doubleheader sweep after the bullpen blew a seven-run lead Sunday night.

"Felt good," Wise said. "It was my first one up here and it couldn't have come at a better time."

The White Sox won the first game 4-2 behind Javier Vazquez's 7 2/3 scoreless innings after the game was delayed more than three hours. They appeared on their way to an easy nightcap, building a 7-0 lead.

Jim Thome hit his 539th homer and Brian Anderson went deep against Kenny Rogers, but the bullpen imploded after John Danks pitched six scoreless innings.

The Tigers tied it at 7-all in the top half of the eighth on a leadoff homer by Curtis Granderson and grand slam by Marcus Thames. In the bottom of the inning, Wise connected off Kyle Farnsworth with two out. His first career slam came after third baseman Mike Hessman booted Orlando Cabrera's one-hopper -- which was ruled a hit after a bad bounce - to load the bases.

Wise, batting for Anderson, drove an 0-1 pitch into the right-field bullpen, and Chicago grabbed a 1 1/2-game lead over Minnesota in the AL Central.

"It seems like every time he goes to the plate he hits the ball hard," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "You roll the dice. Hopefully, it works and it worked out for us today."

The meltdown by the White Sox's bullpen started when Hessman hit a two-run shot off Scott Linebrink in the seventh. Boone Logan allowed a leadoff drive by Chicago-area native Granderson - the lone batter he faced - in the eighth, and the lead continued to slip away.

Placido Polanco and Magglio Ordonez, who hit a two-run homer off closer Bobby Jenks in the first game, followed with singles off D.J. Carrasco. Octavio Dotel then walked Miguel Cabrera to load the bases, drawing loud boos from an already restless crowd, and things only got worse after he struck out Gary Sheffield.

Thames drove the first pitch he saw out to left-center, tying it at 7 with his second grand slam this season and the sixth of his career.

But the White Sox answered in the bottom half.

Jerry Owens led off with a single against Bobby Seay (1-2) and moved to second on Juan Uribe's sacrifice before Nick Swisher was intentionally walked. Farnsworth came on after Toby Hall flied out and allowed that infield single by Cabrera that loaded the bases.

"It was unfortunate," Hessman said. "Farnsworth came in, he had his pitch, got the ground ball for it ... it didn't work out."

Wise's grand slam made a winner of Matt Thornton (5-3), who pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and allowed the White Sox to exhale after a long day.

Danks held the Tigers to just four hits while striking out six and walking one after going 0-3 in his previous four starts, but the concerns about the bullpen continue to grow. Have the relievers hit a wall?

"They better not," Guillen said. "Or let me know. I will feel real comfortable pitching somebody else."

Rogers was in line for his fourth straight loss after allowing seven runs in 4 2/3 innings. He has allowed at least six runs in each of those outings.

Thome, 14th on baseball's home-run list, led off the fourth with his 32nd homer to make it 2-0 after knocking a run-scoring single in the first. Anderson added a two-run shot in the fifth before Ken Griffey Jr. chased Rogers with a two-run double as the White Sox scored five to increase their lead to 7-0.

The White Sox were glad to get the games in after rain washed out the previous two days. They were supposed to play a doubleheader Saturday, and this one appeared to be in jeopardy as the remnants of Hurricane Ike rolled through the area on Sunday. They intended to play a day-night doubleheader before the rain delay made it a standard one, and there were only a few hundred fans at U.S. Cellular Field when it started.

"I played about six years in Montreal so I'm used to (small crowds)," Vazquez said.

Notes

  • Dontrelle Willis is scheduled to make his first start for Detroit since June 9 when the Tigers visit Texas on Monday. Sent to the minors after a slow start, he was recalled from Triple-A Toledo Sept. 1.
 
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Wise has some good timing, hitting his first career slam to help the ChiSox sweep a doubleheader.  (AP)
Wise has some good timing, hitting his first career slam to help the ChiSox sweep a doubleheader. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

D. Wise
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
Detroit

M. Thames
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5111000 .298
Placido Polanco, 2B5110011 .307
Magglio Ordonez, RF4120011 .323
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3110111 .289
Gary Sheffield, DH4010013 .222
Marcus Thames, LF4124011 .240
Edgar Renteria, SS2010001 .269
   a- Ramon Santiago, PH-SS2100001 .296
Mike Hessman, 3B4112011 .273
Dusty Ryan, C3000120 .250
Totals36710728  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Renteria in the 7th
Batting
HR - Curtis Granderson (19, Logan), Marcus Thames (25, Dotel), Mike Hessman (3, Linebrink)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (58), Marcus Thames 4 (55), Mike Hessman 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Hessman 2 (3)
Team LOB - 4
Detroit Tigers
Kenny Rogers 4.2877222 5.70
Chris Lambert 1.1100010 5.27
Freddy Dolsi 1000010 3.98
Bobby Seay (L,1-2) 0.2122100 4.09
Kyle Farnsworth 0.1222001 3.92
IBB - Swisher by Bobby Seay
Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 94-56, Chris Lambert 16-9, Freddy Dolsi 11-6, Bobby Seay 10-4, Kyle Farnsworth 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 1-11, Chris Lambert 2-1, Freddy Dolsi 2-0, Bobby Seay 1-1
Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 24, Chris Lambert 5, Freddy Dolsi 3, Bobby Seay 4, Kyle Farnsworth 3
Chicago White Sox
Orlando Cabrera, SS5330000 .278
Brian Anderson, LF-CF4112001 .234
   a- Dewayne Wise, PH-LF1114000 .301
Jermaine Dye, RF5010010 .295
Jim Thome, DH3222110 .249
Alexei Ramirez, 2B3110100 .300
Ken Griffey Jr., CF3112003 .245
    Jerry Owens, LF-CF1110000 .300
Juan Uribe, 3B3011011 .249
Nick Swisher, 1B3100112 .221
Toby Hall, C4000002 .258
Totals3511121134  
a-homered for Anderson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ken Griffey Jr. (27, Rogers)
HR - Brian Anderson (8, Rogers), Dewayne Wise (3, Farnsworth), Jim Thome (32, Rogers)
SH - Juan Uribe (5)
RBI - Brian Anderson 2 (24), Dewayne Wise 4 (13), Jim Thome 2 (86), Ken Griffey Jr. 2 (66), Juan Uribe (36)
2-OUT RBI - Dewayne Wise 4 (9), Ken Griffey Jr. 2 (23), Juan Uribe (15)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Swisher
Chicago White Sox
John Danks 6400160 3.32
Scott Linebrink 1222001 2.57
Boone Logan0111001 5.57
D.J. Carrasco0222000 3.75
Octavio Dotel (BS,4) 0.1122111 4.06
Matt Thornton (W,5-3) 1.2000010 2.64
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 95-62, Scott Linebrink 23-16, Boone Logan 6-4, D.J. Carrasco 12-8, Octavio Dotel 11-6, Matt Thornton 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 6-5, Scott Linebrink 1-2, Matt Thornton 1-3
Batters Faced - John Danks 22, Scott Linebrink 5, Boone Logan 1, D.J. Carrasco 2, Octavio Dotel 3, Matt Thornton 5
Game Information
Attendance - 28238
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Chris Tiller, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Randy Marsh