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Wed, 2005-10-12

On October 12, 2005, in Game 2 of the 2005 American League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Angels, the White Sox win on a controversial three strike rule. With the score tied and two out in the bottom of the ninth, with two strikes, AJ  Pierzynski swung at a low pitch from Angels pitcher Kelvim Escobar and missed, for strike three. Josh Paul, the Angels catcher, rolled the ball to the mound and left the infield. Pierzynski realized strike three had been called, but he had not been called out and ran to first base in case the umpire had ruled that the Angels catcher had not legally caught the strike three pitch (see Uncaught third strike rule). Home plate umpire Doug Eddings indeed ruled that the ball hit the ground and then went into the catcher's glove, meaning Pierzynski was safe at first. A pinch-runner, Pablo Ozuna, replaced Pierzynski and stole second base. Third baseman Joe Crede hit a double three pitches later, scoring Ozuna for the winning run.

 

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2005 ALDS2, AJ Pierzynski, Chicago White Sox, Doug Eddings, Joe Crede, Josh Paul, Kelvim Escobar, Los Angeles Angels, Pablo Ozuna

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