With the start of the White Sox regular season postponed due to coronavirus concerns, NBC Sports Chicago has decided to re-air 70 victories from the 2005 season from now until June. Here at Sox On 35th, we will also be following along and recapping those games for you in our Tale of the Tape series.
Date: July 4, 2005
A big five-run first and four-run fifth helped the White Sox to hang on in a game that wasn’t short of runs. The victory was the 55th of the season, keeping the 2005 team’s lead to 8.5 games over rival Minnesota.
W: Luis Vizcaino (3-2) | L: Hideo Nomo (5-7) | S: Dustin Hermanson (20)
- Jermaine Dye (RF): 2-for-3, HR (18), 6 RBI, BB, 2 runs
- Juan Uribe (SS): 2-for-2, HR (6), 2 RBI, BB, run
- Joe Crede (3B): 0-for-4, 3 K
- Brandon McCarthy (SP): 3.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR
- -32.2 Win Probability Added
Moment of the Game
In this high scoring game, pitching wasn’t particularly strong for any team. But when the White Sox needed him the most, Dustin Hermanson came through with a nine-pitch ninth inning to retire the side and earn his 20th save of the season.
Stats On 35th – Let’s Break this One Down by the Numbers
25.1, 8, 20
Today’s MVP in terms of Win Probability Added is a tie between Jermaine Dye and Luis Vizcaino with 25.1 percentage points. Vizcaino threw a pair of shutout innings while Dye drove in six runs, both key factors for the win.
Tampa Bay’s starting pitcher Hideo Nomo gave up eight earned runs in just four innings in this one. According to Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago, he never had an ERA lower than 5.00 against an AL Central team, besides the Royals. This game certainly didn’t help.
Dustin Hermanson earned his 20th save at the conclusion of this game. He went on to record 34 in 2005, and never earned over 17 saves (2004) in a season again.
Coming up for the ’05 Sox is the third game and completion of the sweep from this series on Wednesday, July 6th, 2005. The game will be aired on NBC Sports Chicago tomorrow night at 7:00pm. Sox On 35th will have the recap!
Player of the Game
Jermaine Dye was responsible for six of 10 runs so he’s the runaway favorite for today’s honors.