Flashback #64: World Series Game 2: Konerko, Podsednik Homer (2005)
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October 23, 2005 – World Series Game 2: Konerko, Podsednik Homer
Game 2 of the 2005 World Series was arguably the most exciting of the four-game series.
The White Sox came into the game up 1-0 on the series after defeating the Astros 5-3 in Game 1.
Heading into the seventh inning of Game 2, the Astros had built up a 4-2 lead. That’s when Juan Uribe doubled, Tadahito Iguchi walked and home plate umpire Jeff Nelson ruled that Jermaine Dye was hit by a pitch, though replays showed the ball actually hit Dye’s bat.
The call from Nelson loaded the bases for Paul Konerko, who belted a grand slam off reliever Chad Quall’s first pitch of the inning.
The fireworks didn’t stop there, though.
Leading 6-4 in the ninth inning, closer Bobby Jenks blew the save when he gave up a two-run single to José Vizcaíno.
With the game tied 6-6, Astros closer Brad Lidge came on to try and shut down the White Sox to force extra innings.
Lidge got a quick out before giving up a walk-off home run to Scott Podsednik, who had not hit a single home run in the regular season. The series moved to Houston with the White Sox leading, 2–0.
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