BRANDON BACKE: 7 ip, 5 h, 0 r, 0 bb, 7 so...100 pitches/69 strikes...Backe has a 3.00 era (6 er/18 ip) in 4 games/3 starts in this postseason.
FREDDY GARCIA: 7 ip, 4 h, 0 r, 3 bb, 7 so...107 pitches/69 strikes...Garcia has a 2.14 era (5 er/21 ip) in 3 starts in this postseason.
GARCIA is the 1st pitcher to win 3 road games in a single postseason since Atlanta's JOHN SMOLTZ in 1996.
GOOSE EGGS BY STARTERS: This marks the 1st time that both starters have pitched at least seven scoreless innings in a World Series game since October 27, 1991, Game 7, Atlanta at Minnesota. Neither JOHN SMOLTZ (7.1 ip) nor JACK MORRIS (10 ip) allowed a run in the Twins 1-0 win in 10 innings.
WILLIE HARRIS singled as a pinch-hitter and scored the go-ahead run for the White Sox in the 8th. His only other at bat in the postseason was also a pinch single in Game 1 of the Division Series vs. Boston.
JERMAINE DYE NAMED WORLD SERIES MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
RF JERMAINE DYE, who drove in the only run of tonight's game with an 8th inning single, has been selected as the Most Valuable Player of the 2005 World Series. Dye hit safely in all 4 games of this Series, batting .438 (7-16) with one homer and three rbi . He produced 4 hits in his last 5 trips to the plate in this Series, a single in the 14th inning on Tuesday and a 3-4 performance tonight.
THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX ended the 2nd longest winless span in World Series history tonight as the Pale Hose had gone 87 years since winning their last World title in 1917. It is the White Sox' 3rd lifetime championship as the team also won in 1906
POSTSEASON SUCCESS: The White Sox won their last eight games of this postseason, tying the all-time record for consecutive victories in a single postseason with the Boston Red Sox in 2004.The Pale Hose were 11-1 overall in the postseason (3-0 in DS; 4-1 in LCS; 4-0 in WS). Since the beginning of Division play and the LCS in 1969, Chicago is one of 7 teams to go through a postseason with one or fewer losses:
|1999||New York (AL)||11-1||ALCS Game 3|
|2005||CHICAGO (AL)||11-1||ALCS Game 1|
|1989||Oakland||8-1||ALCS Game 3|
|1969||New York (NL)||7-1||WS Game 1|
|1970||Baltimore||7-1||WS Game 4|
|1984||Detroit||7-1||WS Game 2|
ROAD PERFECTION: The White Sox were 6-0 on the road in this postseason, the 2nd best road record in a single postseason behind the 1996 New York Yankees, who were 8-0. Chicago is the 1st team in history to clinch all three series in the same postseason on the road.
THE ASTROS are the 1st team in World Series history to be swept in its 1st trip to the fall classic. In 1907, the Detroit Tigers lost to the Chicago Cubs, 4-0 with one tie. Houston was 7-7 in the postseason and lost the last 4 games
THE AMERICAN LEAGUE TEAM has won the last 8 games in World Series play since Florida captured the 6th and deciding game in 2003 at Yankee Stadium. It is the A.L.'s longest Series winning streak since the Yankees captured 10 consecutive contests, four straight in 1998 and 1999 and the 1st two in 2000.
SHUTOUTS IN CLINCHING GAME: This is the 23rd time that a team has won a World Series with a shutout in the deciding game. That has occurred each of the last 3 years, Florida at New York in Game 6 in 2003 and Boston at St. Louis in Game 4 in 2004.
1-0 GAMES TO IN DECIDING SERIES GAMES: This is the 6th time that a team has won the World Series by a 1-0 score in the deciding game:
|Oct. 13, 1921||8||New York (NL)||at New York (AL)|
|Oct. 16, 1962||7||New York (AL)||at San Francisco|
|Oct. 9, 1966||4||at Baltimore||Los Angeles|
|Oct. 27, 1991*||7||at Minnesota||Atlanta|
|Oct. 27, 1995||6||at Atlanta||Cleveland|
|Oct. 26, 2005||4||Chicago (AL)||at Houston|
Overall, it is the 24th 1-0 game in World Series history, the 1st since Oct. 24, 1996, Game 5, Yankees over Braves.
WORLD SERIES SWEEPS: The White Sox are the 22nd time to sweep a World Series in 4 games, the 2nd straight (Boston in 2004) and the 4th in the ;last 8 Series. It marks the 11th time that a team has completed its Series sweep on the road, with 6 of the last 7 sweeps coming in that fashion.
CLIFF POLITTE: 0.2 ip, 0 h, 0 r-er, 1 bb, 0 so...Politte has 2.70 era (1 er/3.1 ip) in 4 appearances in this postseason.
NEAL COTTS: 0.1 ip, 0 h, 0 r...Cotts has pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in 5 appearances in this postseason.
BOBBY JENKS: 1 ip, 1 h, 0 r, 0 bb, 0 so...Jenks had a 2.25 era (2 er/8 ip) with 4 saves in 6 games of this postseason.
BOBBY JENKS IS THE FIRST ROOKIE TO EARN A SAVE IN THE CLINCHING GAME OF THE WORLD SERIES.
BOBBY JENKS is the 1st rookie to finish a clinching game for the winning team in a World Series since LARRY SHERRY of the Dodgers won Game 6 in 1959 vs. the White Sox. Thanks to Elias for this note.
BRAD LIDGE: 2 ip, 3 h, 1 r-er,,3 so...Lidge was 0-3, 4.63 in 10 postseason outings, Lidge was 0-2, 4.90 (2 er/3.2 ip) in 3 games in the World Series and became the 1st relief pitcher to lose multiple games in a World Series since Philadelphia's MITCH WILLIAMS (2) in 1993 vs. Toronto.
HITTING WOES: The Astros did not score a run in their final 15 innings in this World Series, going 0-17 with runners in scoring position in that period. For the Series, the Astros batted .203 (29-143).
RECORDS FOR SERIES
Most Hit By Pitch, 4-Game Series (Batting)-5, Houston...Previous record was 4, twice
Most Triples, Player, 4-Game Series-2, Scott Podsednik...Ties record accomplished 3 times previously
Most Games, Pitcher, 4-Game Series-4, Bobby Jenks...Ties record accomplished by Jeff Nelson, Yankees in 1999 and Keith Foulke, Red Sox in 2004.
WP: Garcia (1-0)
SV: Jenks (2)
LP: Lidge (0-2)
WHEATIES FOR WHITE SOX: Wheaties tonight announced the release of a special-edition package honoring the 2005 World Series Champion Chicago White Sox. White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle is prominently featured on both the front and back of the package. The new Wheaties box will be available nationally by mid-November. This is the first time the Chicago White Sox have been featured on a Wheaties package. The last Wheaties recognizing a World Series champion team honored the 2004 champion Boston Red Sox and featured David Ortiz with his teammates.
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