Until Sunday, White Sox rookie third baseman Joe Crede had never heard of the term "Texas Leaguer."
"I've heard 'flare' and 'blooper' and 'duck snort,'" Crede said. "But 'Texas Leaguer?' No. Maybe because I played in the Southern League."
Comiskey Park. The ball cleared second baseman John McDonald's head and fell to short right field to give the Sox a 7-6 victory over Cleveland.
The win, spiced by Frank Thomas' game-tying three-run homer earlier in the ninth, prevented Cleveland from sweeping a four-game series in Chicago for the first time since 1948. The '48 Indians were owned by Bill Veeck and managed by shortstop Lou Boudreau. Their pitching staff included three future Hall of Famers: Bob Feller, Bob Lemon and 40-something-year-old rookie LeRoy "Satchel" Paige.
One baseball axiom was as true Sunday as it was then: A pitcher who walks batters asks for trouble.
Cleveland reliever Danys Baez (10-11) walked pinch-hitter Jose Valentin and Willie Harris before giving up a two-out homer to Thomas.
"This has been a tough year for Frank," manager Jerry Manuel said. "He's heard the boos. Everyone was real excited to see him tie it up."
Baez remained wild after Thomas' homer. He walked Magglio Ordonez, hit Paul Konerko with a pitch and walked Carlos Lee. David Riske then replaced Baez.
"I went up there trying to be patient," Crede said. "There had been all those walks. I wanted to make the pitcher come to me."
Riske got ahead in the count, one ball and two strikes.
"With two strikes, I changed my mental plan," Crede said. "I thought more about making contact and going for a single than just trying to hit it hard."
The resulting RBI was Crede's 19th in 34 games since his call-up from the minors and made a winner of reliever Antonio Osuna (8-2).
WHITE SOX 7, INDIANS 6