ATL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Game 1 Chicago @ Tampa

The White Sox and Rays traded home runs early in Game 1, as Scott Rolen (solo) and Justin Morneau (2-run) homered in the 2nd inning of Game 1.The White Sox tied the game on a Sac Fly in the 5th, and took the lead 3-2 on a Force Play in the 6th.Gavin Floyd outdueled Roy Halladay through 7. The Rays bats were held silent the rest of the game as Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th innings to seal the Game 1 win for the White Sox.

White Sox Lead Series 1-0

Game 2 Chicago @ Tampa

The Rays grabbed a 1-0 first inning lead in Game 2, only to see the White Sox put 4 on the board in the top of the 2nd aided by a bases clearing triple from Brett Gardner. Rays starter C.C. Sabathia didnít make it out of the 3rd, and the White Sox bullpen pitched 4 scoreless innings to preserve the win for starter Rick Porcello. White Sox win 5-2.

White Sox Lead Series 2-0

Game 3 Tampa @ Chicago

Both teams again scored early in game 3, the White Sox got an RBI single from Mark Teixera in the bottom of the 1st. The teams traded homers in the 2nd with Bobby Abreu and Asdrubal Cabrera both going deep. Both starting pitchers Jeff Weaver (Tampa) and Mark Buehrle (Chicago) were gone when the drama unfolded in the 9th inning. Down a run in the top of the 9th, Aaron Hill tied things up with a solo shot off of White Sox closer Joe Nathan. With 2 outs on the top of the 9th Joe Mauer came to the plate in the clutch with a man on 2nd, but Nathan struck Mauer out to retire the side. Rays shutdown reliever Andrew Bailey issued leadoff walk to Nolan Reimold to start the bottom of the 9th.Reidmold was moved along by sac bunt and sac fly and was on 3rd with 2 outs as Carl Crawford came to the plate. In the clutch, Crawford came through with a game winning single, and Chicago wins another tight one 3-2.

White Sox Lead Series 3-0

Game 4 Tampa @ Chicago

The Rays had every break go against them in the first 3 games of the series, but Roy Halladay made sure luck would not be needed in Game 4. Halladay threw 9 scoreless innings of 4-hit ball to give the Rays hope in the series. The Rays scored on a Bobby Abreu RBI single in the 1st, and added 2 more runs in the 7th to beat White Sox starter Andy Pettite, 3-0.

White Sox Lead Series 3-1

Game 5 Tampa @ Chicago

Rays starter C.C. Sabathia again struggled early against the White Sox, as the Sox jumped to 3-0 lead with the help of a Hideki Matsui homer, and a 2-run double from Rod Barajas. However, Sabathia would settle down, and the Rays would claw their way back into the game. Aaron Hillís 2-run homer in the 4th brought the Rays to within a run, and Joe Mauer gave the Rays the lead in the 5th with a 2-run homer of his own. The Rays got 2 insurance runs off of Mariano Rivera in the 6th and added another in the 8th to win 7-3. The Rays headed back to Tampa with a shot at making the comeback in the series.

White Sox Lead Series 3-2

Game 6 Chicago @ Tampa

The Rays got off to a rough start as Mark Teixeira delivered a 2-run homer off of starter Jeff Weaver in the 1st.The White Sox added 2 runs in the 5th, helped in part by an error from Chone Figgins.With the Rays trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the 7th, the Rays made put together a big inning. Having already plated 2 runs in the inning to bring the game to 4-3, the Rays had the bases loaded and only 1 out. Mariano Rivera, was now in the game for the White Sox to attempt to wiggle out of the inning. With bases loaded, Rivera got Ryan Garko to strike out, but was now left to face Joe Mauer in the clutch. The Rays were once again stunned as Mauer went down on strikes, and the bases were left stranded. The White Sox would add an insurance run in the 8th, and Rivera and Joe Nathan recorded the last 8 outs of the game to clinch the series for the White Sox.

White Sox Win Series 4-2

The White Sox win setup a 3rd straight father-son ATL World Series, with this time being Muscat vs. Muscat.

ATL WORLD SERIES

Game 1 Chicago @ Cleveland

Well rested, the Indians roared out the gates in the 1st inning, and spotted starter Brett Anderson a 3-0 lead thanks to former White Sox Gabe Kaplerís 3-run homer. Billy Butler homered in the 3rd and the Indians had a 4-0 lead. The White Sox got a solo homer from Hideki Matsui in the 4th, and added 2 more runs in the 5th to pull to within a run. The White Sox were threatening again in the 7th, as the bases were loaded with 2 outs for Hideki Matsui. Matsui, a killer of lefty handed pitching, was facing righty Sean White of the Indians. The matchup made no difference as Matsui cleared the bases with a double to give the White Sox a 6-4 lead. The White Sox made sure the lead held as Mariano Rivera pitched 3 perfect innings to secure the Game 1 win.

White Sox Lead Series 1-0

Game 2 Chicago @ Cleveland

The Indians again scored first in Game 2 with a run in the bottom of the 2nd, but the White Sox got the run back in the 3rd when usually slick fielding Adam Jones threw the ball away to allow a White Sox run to score. The Indians regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning when Jones atoned for his mistake by drilling a solo homer. A Mark Teixiera RBI double in the 5th tied the game back up. The White Sox put runners on the corners in the 6th with two outs when the unthinkable happened on a routine fly ball to centerfield. The usually sure handed Adam Jones must have lost the ball in the Cleveland lights, as his error allowed 2 White Sox base runners to score, and the Sox lead 4-2. Indians manager Adam Muscat proceeded to throw his pen and tear up his lineup card. The Indians would threatened in the 8th with 2-men on and 1-out, but Joe Nathan shut the door on that inning, and on the 9th.

White Sox Lead Series 2-0

Game 3 Cleveland @ Chicago

The White Sox jumped out to 3-0 lead in the 2nd innings thanks, to a 2-RBI triple from Asdrubal Cabrera. In the 4th, the Indians used back-to-back home runs from Lyle Overbay and Adam Jones to draw within a run. With 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th the Indians got a big homerun from Shin-Soo Choo to tie the game. The Cleveland joy was short-lived as Dustin Pedroia homered to lead off the bottom of the 7th, and Scott Rolen homered in the 8th, as Indians were stomach-punched once again as they fell 5-3.

White Sox Lead Series 3-0

Game 4 Cleveland @ Chicago

The Indians werenít going to go away easily, and they grabbed a 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning thanks to a 2-run homerun from Gabe Kapler. The teams traded runs in the middle innings, and the score stood 5-2 Indians as the game moved to the bottom of the 8th.After a leadoff walk, Hideki Matsui homered to bring the White Sox to within a run. With runners on 1st and 2nd and 2 outs the White Sox got a clutch single from Rajai Davis to tie the game, and the teams went to the 9th tied. A solo homerun from Adam Jones off of Joe Nathan gave the Indians the lead, and this time they managed to hold onto the lead. David Aardsma finished the game for the Indians and they won 6-5.

White Sox Lead Series 3-1

Game 5 Cleveland @ Chicago

Hideki Matsui would hit his 3rd homer of the series in the 1st inning of game 1, as the White Sox scored first. In the bottom of the 2nd innings the Indians loaded the bases, and pinch hit for their starting catcher Dioner Navarro with the stellar hitting of Oscar Salazar. Salazar however could make nothing of his opportunity as he was retired and the Indians left the bases loaded. In the 4th, the Indians would get a big clutch single from Akinori Iwamura to tie the game. The game was a pitcherís duel between Brett Anderson and Mark Buehrle until the 7th when Buehrle got into trouble. The Indians had 2-on and 2-out for the dangerous Jason Bartlett, but the White Sox brought in Mariano Rivera, and he got Bartlett to fly out.The game moved to the bottom of the 9th tied at 1. Scott Rolen got a single (ballpark 1-2 single, rolled a 2) to lead off the 9th inning. Sean White was brought in to face Mark Teixeira, but White all of the sudden got Steve Blass/Rick Ankiel Disease and threw a wild pitch, followed by another wild pitch to move Rolen to 3rd Base with nobody out. Regaining his control for a moment, he retired Teixeira. Having seen enough of Whiteís antics, Cleveland brought in Craig Breslow to face Adam Lind. In a moment that would make Don Denkinger and Jim Joyce proud, the home plate umpire called a balk on Breslow to force in the game-winning, series-clinching run.

White Sox Win Series 4-1

The White Sox finished 9 games behind the Rays in the standings, and 15 games behind the Indians, but it made no difference as the White Sox got all of the right bounces on their way to the franchises 2nd championship under Joel Muscat, and first since 2005.The Rays and Indians had great seasons, but congrats go out to the ATL Champion White Sox.