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Tale of the Tape ’05 Edition: White Sox 15, Rockies 5

by Joe Binder

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 of Game: June 6th, 2005

Ahead 5-4 going into the eighth, the White Sox only added on by completely dismantling the Rockies in the final two innings. Ozzie’s squad scored a combined 10 runs between the eighth and ninth innings alone to end their series with a 15-5 demolition.

W: Orlando Hernandez (7-1) | L: Jeff Francis (5-3)

Click here for the box score

The Good

  • Aaron Rowand (CF): 3-for-6, RBI, run
  • Carl Everett (LF): 3-for-4, 3 RBI, run scored
  • Two pitchers – Orlando Hernandez and Cliff Politte – recorded hits

The Bad

  • Pablo Ozuna: Caught stealing twice and committed an error

Moment of the Game

The entire game shifted in the final two innings when the White Sox blew the doors off the place. Looking more closely at Colorado’s meltdown, the best moment came when Sox reliever Cliff Politte singled to drive in a run.

Stats On 35th – Let’s Break This One Down by the Numbers

Today’s Numbers:

28.2, 40, 1972, 7, 10


Today’s MVP in terms of Win Probability Added is Carl Everett with 28.2 points. The left fielder had a trio of hits and runs batted in. Jermaine Dye finished as the runner up with 21.2 percentage points.


With today’s victory, the White Sox became the first team in baseball to reach 40 wins. The St. Louis Cardinals had the second most at the time with 38.


The last time two White Sox pitchers recorded a hit in the same game dates all the way back to August 20, 1972. Wilbur Wood and Terry Forster accomplished the feat, something Orlando Hernandez and Cliff Politte replicated in this one. (Stat courtesy of Christopher Kamka)


When runners got on base, the White Sox converted. They were 7 for 13 with runners in scoring position. Good luck trying to beat a team that hot!


The numbers put up by Colorado’s bullpen over the final two innings is so gruesome that we can’t help but stare. Pitchers Matt Anderson, Marcos Carvajal, and Bobby Seay combined to give up 10 hits, 10 runs, eight earned runs, and one walk over 63 pitches. YIKES!

Looking Ahead:

Next up, we turn back the clock to June 10th, 2005 for a game on the West Coast against the San Diego Padres. NBC Sports Chicago will be airing it at 4:00 pm. As always, check back here at Sox On 35th for the recap!

Player of the Game

Today’s Player of the Game is Carl Everett who went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in.

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