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 17th, 2005
The White Sox blanked the Dodgers as Mark Buehrle went the distance. Meanwhile, the offense provided plenty of support, getting an early 4-0 lead through four innings. Frank Thomas notched home run number five, and Jermaine Dye also went deep. The Sox improved to 44-22 on the year with the win.
W: Mark Buehrle (8-1) | L: D.J. Houlton (2-1)
- Mark Buehrle (SP): W, 9 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 6 K, 0 BB
- 114 Pitches: 79 strikes, 35 balls
- Paul Konerko (1B): 1-for-2, 2 RBI, 2 BB
- Frank Thomas (DH): 1-for-4, HR (5), 2 RBI, run
- Jermaine Dye (RF): 1-for-2, HR (13), RBI, 2 BB, run
- 7-8-9 hitters (Pierzynski, Crede, Uribe): combined 0-for-12, 4 K
Moment of the Game
Mark Buehrle’s outstanding performance on the mound was the story of the game. Today’s moment came as Buehrle got the final out by ringing up Olmendo Saenz on a curveball that grazed the inside corner.
Stats On 35th – Let’s Break This One Down by the Numbers
31.8, 1959, .320
Mark Buehrle’s complete game shutout earned him a very high WPA of 31.8. For White Sox hitters, Scott Podsednik‘s 1-for-3 run effort earned him a 16.3 points.
This series was dedicated to the 1959 World Series in which the Dodgers defeated the White Sox in six games. The White Sox sported their ’59 alternate jerseys for the final game of the series.
Having only returned for two weeks, The Big Hurt was riding a .320 batting average following this one, where he notched his 5th homer of the season.
Next up, the Sox took host the Kansas City Royals on June 21st, 2005. NBC Sports Chicago will air that one tomorrow at 7:00 PM CST. As always, check back here at Sox On 35th for the recap!
Player of the Game
Mark Buehrle’s complete game shutout earns him today’s honors.
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