The baseball team representing Chicago's South Side is a far cry from the fleet-footed Whited Sox who last won the American League pennant in 1959. This year's crew of mashers has forsaken the go-go-go for going-going-gone.
"They attack the ball. It's case of having six or eight men in a row who can hit the ball out so they can't walk anybody to get to someone else," manager Bob Lemon said Tuesday night after the White Sox socked six home runs in mauling the Seattle Mariners, 13-3.
The six homers gave the Sox a club-record of 144 for the season, erasing the 138 mark set by the 1961 and 1971 teams. Eric Soderholm hit two and Chet Lemon, Oscar Gamble, Jim Essian and Boyle Stillman had one apiece. Soderholm's pair of two-run shots marked the 10th time this season a White sox player had hit two homers in a game, another team mark.
Coupled with the Toronto Blue Jay's 6-2 triumph over Minnesota, Chicago opened a two-game lead over the Twins in the American League West.
Seattle's Dan Meyer homered to give the Mariners a 2'0 lead in the top half of the first inning, but the White Sox roared back with five runs in the bottom of the inning a two-run single by Gamble and Lemon'sd three-run homer.
Gamble hit a solo shot in the third. Later in the inning, Soderholm and Essian socked consecutive homers. Stillman's homer, a two-run shot, came in the seventh off Diego Segui.
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