Thome Takes Charge for the Sox Print E-mail
Written by Fred Mitchell   
Tuesday, 09 June 2009
The Chicago White Sox continue to struggle, yet designated hitter Jim Thome manages to climb the career home run chart. Thome slugged his 551st career homer as the White Sox won the second game of a double-header, 6-1, against the first-place Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.  
 
It was his 10th of the season. 
 
The White Sox, 27-31, have frustrated their fans by playing mediocre baseball within a winnable American League Central division filled with other mediocre teams so far. Combustible manager Ozzie Guillen has exhausted most of his verbal arsenal while ranting to the media about his under-achieving ballclub. Young players such as third baseman Josh Fields and Jayson Nix have been a disappointment, while veterans Bartolo Colon, Dewayne Wise and Brian Anderson have failed to deliver. 
 
Guillen ripped into his team following the first game loss to the Tigers, during which the Sox committed a season-high three errors and failed to take advantage of numerous scoring opportunities. In the second game of the split double-header, the Sox received a surprise lift from 37-year-old right-hander Jose Contreras, who won his first game of the season by allowing no runs on one hit over eight innings following his return from the minors. Then it was the 38-year-old Thome providing all of the offense the team needed.




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