2005 Chicago White Sox season

The 2005 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 105th season. They finished with a 99–63 record in the regular season and first place in the American League Central division by six games over the Cleveland Indians. In the playoffs, they won the American League Division Series 3–0 over the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox, the American League Championship Series 4–1 over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the World Series 4–0 over the Houston Astros, ending an 88-year championship drought.

2005 Chicago White Sox
World Series Champions
American League Champions
American League Central Champions
Major League affiliations
Record99–63 (.611)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Jerry Reinsdorf
General manager(s)Kenny Williams
Manager(s)Ozzie Guillén
Local televisionWGN-TV
Comcast Sportsnet
(Ken Harrelson, Darrin Jackson)
Local radioWMVP
(John Rooney, Ed Farmer)
(Hector Molina)
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Regular season

The Chicago White Sox had a total attendance of 2,342,833 in 2005, 7th in the American League.

The manager

Much that happened in 2005 was under the direction of manager Ozzie Guillén. After his inaugural season in 2004, in which his club went 83–79 and finished second in the American League Central Division, Guillén approached general manager Kenny Williams. He asked Williams for a makeover for his club.[8] Guillén envisioned his team playing small ball.

Williams agreed with Guillén. The Sox already had a feisty manager, solid pitching, and power hitters. The Sox decided to clean up a bit and bring in players with the team first attitude. Guillén wanted more quickness, so speedy Scott Podsednik was brought in to be the number one hitter and to create havoc for opposing pitchers. Guillén wanted pitching, so Williams got Freddy García, Orlando "El Duque" Hernández, Luis Vizcaíno, Dustin Hermanson, and in July, hard throwing closer Bobby Jenks was brought up from the minor leagues.

Another important factor to Guillén's new plan was to have players who put the team ahead of personal accomplishments. Jermaine Dye was added for veteran leadership and provided an important bat and glove in the lineup. Tadahito Iguchi came in from Japan to play second base and bat second behind Podsednik. Iguchi proved his value all year long.

Finally, the Sox decided to add a little fire into a mostly laid back and quiet clubhouse. This need brought catcher A. J. Pierzynski to Chicago after playing six years for division rival Minnesota, and one year for San Francisco.[9]

Season summary

The White Sox began their season by winning the first two games, and were 7–3 after the first 10 games. They won 19 out of their next 24, including two 8-game winning streaks, and at the end of April were 17–7. In mid-May, after beating the Texas Rangers 2 of 3 games, they also took two of three from the Chicago Cubs, but got swept by the Texas Rangers in a two-game series after splitting four games with eventual American League Championship Series opponent Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Finishing May with a 35–17 record, the Sox, in interleague play, swept both the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers, but did lose the other series to the Cubs two games to one. At the end of June they were 53–24, and just before the All-star break, the Sox were swept by the Oakland Athletics in a 3-game series at home, going into the break at 57–29. Then, after the break, they swept the Cleveland Indians in a four-game series, shutting out the Indians twice and scoring seven runs in the other two games. At the end of July they were 68–35, a 14+12-game lead in the American League Central over both Cleveland and the Minnesota Twins. However, from August 12 through August 23, they lost 8 out of 9 games they played, including a 7-game losing streak and sweeps at the hands of the Boston Red Sox and Twins, while Cleveland, who had been in second place for the majority of the season, suddenly started playing their best baseball of the year and putting pressure on the Sox. Finishing strong, though, the White Sox began September by winning their first 7 games and ended the season by winning 8 of 10. They finished the regular season with a 99–63 record and a 6-game lead over Cleveland, winning their second American League Central title. The White Sox remained in first place in the division for the entire season (making their postseason World Series victory a wire-to-wire win); they ended the season with the best record in the AL and the second best record in the major leagues. Their best hitter in terms of statistics was first baseman Paul Konerko, who hit 40 home runs, had 100 runs batted in, and hit .283 on the season.

Opening Day lineup

LFScott Podsednik
2BTadahito Iguchi
DHCarl Everett
1BPaul Konerko
RFJermaine Dye
CFAaron Rowand
CA. J. Pierzynski
3BJoe Crede
SSJuan Uribe
PMark Buehrle

Season standings

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago White Sox 9963 0.611 47–34 52–29
Cleveland Indians 9369 0.574 6 43–38 50–31
Minnesota Twins 8379 0.512 16 45–36 38–43
Detroit Tigers 7191 0.438 28 39–42 32–49
Kansas City Royals 56106 0.346 43 34–47 22–59

Record vs. opponents

TeamW-L Record
Baltimore Orioles6–2
Boston Red Sox3–4
Cleveland Indians14–5
Detroit Tigers14–5
Kansas City Royals13–5
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim4–6
Minnesota Twins11–7
New York Yankees3–3
Oakland Athletics2–7
Seattle Mariners6–3
Tampa Bay Devil Rays4–2
Texas Rangers3–6
Toronto Blue Jays4–2
Arizona Diamondbacks1–2
Chicago Cubs3–3
Colorado Rockies3–0
Los Angeles Dodgers3–0
San Diego Padres2–1
Interleague Play12–6

Baltimore 8–102–61–63–54–22–43–37–114–67–312–64–69–108–10
Boston 10–84–34–26–44–26–44–29–106–43–313–67–27–1112–6
Chicago 6–23–414–514–513–54–611–73–32–76–34–23–64–212–6
Cleveland 6–12–45–1412–613–63–510–93–46–37–34–63–34–215–3
Detroit 5–34–65–146–1210–94–68–111–51–55–45–24–24–39–9
Kansas City 2–42–45–136–139–102–76–133–32–42–73–52–83–69–9
Los Angeles 4–24–66–45–36–47–26–46–410–99–94–515–41–512–6
Minnesota 3–32–47–119–1011–813–64–63–34–66–46–03–64–28–10
New York 11–710–93–34–35–13–34–63–37–27–38–117–312–611–7
Oakland 6–44–67–23–65–14–29–106–42–712–64–511–85–510–8
Seattle 3–73–33–63–74–57–29–94–63–76–124–26–134–610–8
Tampa Bay 6–126–132–46–42–55–35–40–611–85–42–46–28–113–15
Texas 6–42–76–33–32–48–24–156–33–78–1113–62–67–39–9
Toronto 10–911–72–42–43–46–35–12–46–125–56–411–83–78–10

Detailed records

Notable transactions

  • June 7, 2005: Lance Broadway was drafted by the White Sox in the 1st round (15th pick) of the 2005 Major League Baseball draft. Player signed June 13, 2005.[10]
  • July 31, 2005: White Sox acquire utility infielder Geoff Blum from the San Diego Padres in return for a left-handed minor-league pitcher named Ryan Meaux. This trade got in just before the trade deadline and at the time seemed "anonymous" and "unspectacular". However, the White Sox were rewarded later that postseason as Blum emerged as the unlikely hero by hitting the winning home run in the top of the 14th inning in Game 3 of the 2005 World Series.


2005 Chicago White Sox
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



  •  3 Harold Baines (bench)
  • 21 Don Cooper (pitching)
  • 28 Joey Cora (third base)
  • 53 Art Kusnyer (bullpen)
  • 59 Man Soo Lee (bullpen catcher)
  • 30 Tim Raines (first base)
  • 29 Greg Walker (hitting)

Game log

2005 White Sox Game Log
April (17–7) – home (7–3) – road (10–4)
1April 4Indians1–0Buehrle (1–0)Westbrook (0–1)Takatsu (1)1:5138,1411–0box
2April 6Indians4–3Marte (1–0)Wickman (0–1)2:5510,5202–0box
3April 7Indians5 – 11 (11)Rhodes (1–0)Vizcaíno (0–1)3:5610,8002–1box
4April 8@ Twins5–1Hernández (1–0)Lohse (0–1)2:4648,7643–1box
5April 9@ Twins8–5Garland (1–0)Radke (0–2)Takatsu (2)2:3741,5334–1box
6April 10@ Twins2–5Santana (2–0)Buehrle (1–1)Nathan (2)2:2928,0894–2box
7April 11@ Indians2–1García (1–0)Millwood (0–1)Takatsu (3)2:3942,4615–2box
8April 13@ Indians5–4 (10)Vizcaíno (1–1)Howry (0–1)Hermanson (1)2:5414,4106–2box
9April 14@ Indians6–8Betancourt (1–0)Hernández (1–1)Wickman (3)3:2512,4706–3box
10April 15Mariners6–4Garland (2–0)Piñeiro (0–1)Hermanson (2)2:3916,7497–3box
11April 16Mariners2–1Buehrle (2–1)Franklin (1–1)1:3925,9318–3box
12April 17Mariners4–5Meche (1–0)García (1–1)Guardado (3)2:5223,3248–4box
13April 18Twins5–4Vizcaíno (2–1)Lohse (1–2)Takatsu (4)2:4727,0189–4box
14April 19Twins3–1Hernández (2–1)Radke (1–3)Marte (1)2:4018,31010–4box
15April 20@ Tigers9–1Garland (3–0)Ledezma (1–1)2:1916,88711–4box
16April 21@ Tigers4–3Buehrle (3–1)Bonderman (2–2)Takatsu (5)2:2119,33412–4box
17April 22@ Royals8–2García (2–1)Hernández (1–3)2:3615,83213–4box
18April 23@ Royals3–2 (10)Marte (2–0)MacDougal (1–1)3:2419,64114–4box
19April 24@ Royals4–3Cotts (1–0)Camp (0–2)Takatsu (6)2:5715,33115–4box
20April 25@ Athletics6–0Garland (4–0)Zito (0–4)2:2010,20616–4box
21April 26@ Athletics7–9Duchscherer (1–0)Marte (2–1)Dotel (5)3:0620,41216–5box
22April 27@ Athletics1–2Duchscherer (2–0)Marte (2–2)2:4214,17216–6box
23April 29Tigers2–3 (11)Walker (1–0)Takatsu (0–1)Germán (1)4:1018,31316–7box
24April 30Tigers4–3Hernández (3–1)Johnson (2–2)Hermanson (3)2:5030,18917–7box
May (18–10) – home (10–3) – road (8–7)
25May 1Tigers8–0Garland (5–0)Ledezma (1–2)2:2320,86218–7box
26May 3Royals5–4Buehrle (4–1)Sisco (0–1)Takatsu (7)2:1312,36219–7box
27May 4Royals4–2García (3–1)Hernández (1–4)Hermanson (4)2:3912,71220–7box
28May 5Royals2–1Contreras (1–0)Greinke (0–3)Takatsu (8)2:1015,38921–7box
29May 6@ Blue Jays5–3Hernández (4–1)Frasor (1–2)Hermanson (5)3:0321,76922–7box
30May 7@ Blue Jays10–7Garland (6–0)Lilly (1–3)2:5123,07823–7box
31May 8@ Blue Jays5–4Buehrle (5–1)Chacin (4–2)Marte (2)2:3820,94624–7box
32May 9@ Devil Rays2–4Carter (1–0)García (3–2)Báez (3)2:458,77424–8box
33May 10@ Devil Rays6–7Colomé (1–0)Takatsu (0–2)3:179,38924–9box
34May 11@ Devil Rays5–2Hernández (5–1)Brazelton (1–7)Hermanson (6)2:519,41425–9box
35May 12Orioles3–2Garland (7–0)Chen (4–2)Hermanson (7)2:2129,03126–9box
36May 13Orioles5–3Buehrle (6–1)Williams (3–3)Hermanson (8)2:2928,18827–9box
37May 14Orioles6–9Cabrera (3–2)García (3–3)Ryan (10)3:1437,31127–10box
38May 15Orioles2–6Bédard (4–1)Contreras (1–1)3:0034,03027–11box
39May 16Rangers6–7Regilio (1–1)Marte (2–3)Cordero (13)3:0126,88927–12box
40May 17Rangers5–2Garland (8–0)Astacio (1–5)Hermanson (9)2:2218,33328–12box
41May 18Rangers7–0Buehrle (7–1)Drese (3–4)2:2416,25529–12box
42May 20@ Cubs5–1 (10)García (4–3)Maddux (2–2)2:2838,98830–12box
43May 21@ Cubs5–3Contreras (2–1)Wuertz (2–2)Hermanson (10)3:0939,46131–12box
44May 22@ Cubs3–4Prior (4–1)Vizcaíno (2–2)2:1639,33431–13box
45May 23@ Angels0–4Santana (1–1)Garland (8–1)2:1840,99131–14box
46May 24@ Angels2–1 (11)Marte (3–3)Yan (0–1)2:5035,18232–14box
47May 25@ Angels4–2García (5–3)Washburn (3–3)Hermanson (11)2:3042,71633–14box
48May 26@ Angels2–3Lackey (5–2)Contreras (2–2)Shields (6)2:2939,12833–15box
49May 27@ Rangers2–6Young (5–2)McCarthy (0–1)Cordero (16)2:3031,14933–16box
May 28@ RangersPostponed (rain) Rescheduled for August 30
50May 29@ Rangers4–12Park (5–1)Garland (8–2)2:5336,26533–17box
51May 30Angels5–4Politte (1–0)Shields (4–2)2:4938,68534–17box
52May 31Angels5–4Politte (2–0)Donnelly (2–1)2:4019,86435–17box
June (18–7) – home (10–6) – road (8–1)
53June 1Angels7–10Byrd (5–4)Walker (1–0)3:1519,39335–18box
54June 3Indians6–4Hernández (6–1)Westbrook (2–8)Hermanson (12)2:2723,13236–18box
55June 4Indians6–5Garland (9–2)Davis (2–2)Hermanson (13)2:5326,36537–18box
56June 5Indians4–6 (12)Riske (2–2)Hermanson (0–1)4:1126,14637–19box
57June 6@ Rockies9–3García (6–3)Kennedy (3–6)2:3125,03038–19box
58June 7@ Rockies2–1Contreras (3–2)Kim (0–5)Hermanson (14)2:3721,57639–19box
59June 8@ Rockies15–5Hernández (7–1)Francis (5–3)3:2623,26840–19box
60June 10@ Padres4–2Garland (10–2)Williams (2–4)Hermanson (15)2:1938,12641–19box
61June 11@ Padres1–2Linebrink (3–1)Hermanson (0–2)2:2341,02041–20box
62June 12@ Padres8–5 (10)Politte (3–0)Hoffman (0–3)3:2238,30642–20box
63June 13D-backs1–8Estes (5–4)Contreras (3–3)2:3332,95242–21box
64June 14D-backs4–10Vázquez (7–4)Hernández (7–2)2:4924,83142–22box
65June 15D-backs12–6Garland (11–2)Ortiz (4–6)2:4324,49943–22box
66June 17Dodgers6–0Buehrle (8–1)Houlton (2–1)2:2428,87044–22box
67June 18Dodgers5–3Politte (4–0)Brazobán (2–2)2:3436,06745–22box
68June 19Dodgers4–3Politte (5–0)Sanchez (1–3)Hermanson (16)2:4827,35046–22box
69June 20Royals11–8Cotts (2–0)Jensen (3–2)Hermanson (17)3:1634,34547–22box
70June 21Royals5–1Garland (12–2)Greinke (1–8)2:2328,20648–22box
71June 22Royals5–1Buehrle (9–1)Howell (1–2)2:0424,54449–22box
72June 24Cubs12–2García (7–3)Mitre (2–3)2:4239,61050–22box
73June 25Cubs2–6Maddux (7–4)Contreras (3–4)2:5139,24150–23box
74June 26Cubs0–2Prior (5–1)Garland (12–3)Dempster (11)2:1439,14350–24box
75June 28@ Tigers2–1Buehrle (10–1)Robertson (3–6)Hermanson (18)2:2923,60251–24box
76June 29@ Tigers4–3 (13)Takatsu (1–2)Rodney (1–1)3:5919,93152–24box
77June 30@ Tigers6–1García (8–3)Maroth (5–9)2:5223,44753–24box
July (15–11) – home (6–7) – road (9–4)
78July 1@ Athletics2–6Harden (5–3)Contreras (3–5)3:0815,29353–25box
79July 2@ Athletics5–3Garland (13–3)Saarloos (4–5)Hermanson (19)2:1345,71254–25box
80July 3@ Athletics2–7Zito (5–8)Buehrle (10–2)2:2022,59654–26box
81July 4Devil Rays10–8Vizcaíno (3–2)Nomo (5–7)Hermanson (20)3:1137,35155–26box
82July 5Devil Rays6–4Politte (6–0)Carter (1–2)Hermanson (21)2:2921,55556–26box
83July 6Devil Rays7–2Contreras (4–5)Fossum (3–7)2:3724,77357–26box
84July 8Athletics2–4Saarloos (5–5)Garland (13–4)Street (5)2:5533,62357–27box
85July 9Athletics1–10Zito (6–8)Buehrle (10–3)2:3938,31857–28box
86July 10Athletics8–9 (11)Street (3–1)Vizcaíno (3–3)3:4733,22157–29box
All-Star Break: AL defeats NL, 7–5 at Comerica Park
87July 14@ Indians1–0Contreras (5–5)Millwood (3–8)Hermanson (22)2:5621,47258–29box
88July 15@ Indians7–1García (9–3)Sabathia (6–6)3:0129,68459–29box
89July 16@ Indians7–5Buehrle (11–3)Westbrook (6–12)Marte (3)2:4627,11460–29box
90July 17@ Indians4–0Garland (14–4)Elarton (6–4)2:4224,54861–29box
91July 18Tigers7–5Vizcaíno (4–3)Spurling (2–1)Politte (1)2:5237,55662–29box
92July 19Tigers1–7Bonderman (12–6)Contreras (5–6)2:3531,00862–30box
93July 20Tigers6–8Robertson (5–7)García (9–4)Dingman (1)3:2039,14662–31box
94July 21Red Sox5–6Schilling (2–3)Vizcaíno (4–4)3:1736,78462–32box
95July 22Red Sox8–4Garland (15–4)Wakefield (8–9)2:4937,51163–32box
96July 23Red Sox0–3Miller (3–4)Hernández (7–3)Schilling (2)2:3939,40863–33box
97July 24Red Sox6–4Contreras (6–6)Arroyo (8–6)Hermanson (23)3:1637,16864–33box
98July 25@ Royals14–6García (10–4)Greinke (3–12)3:2815,51565–33box
99July 26@ Royals1–7Lima (4–8)Buehrle (11–4)2:2419,17565–34box
100July 27@ Royals5–6 (13)Camp (1–2)Vizcaíno (4–5)4:2517,37865–35box
101July 29@ Orioles7–2Hernández (8–3)Bédard (5–3)3:2545,26766–35box
102July 30@ Orioles9–6Cotts (3–0)Ray (0–3)Hermanson (24)3:1540,10067–35box
103July 31@ Orioles9–4García (11–4)López (9–6)3:2731,98268–35box
August (12–16) – home (4–8) – road (8–8)
104August 1@ Orioles6–3Buehrle (12–4)Cabrera (8–9)Hermanson (25)3:0947,82369–35box
105August 2Blue Jays3–7Towers (8–8)Garland (15–5)2:2832,16269–36box
106August 3Blue Jays3–4Bush (2–5)Hernández (8–4)Batista (18)2:5228,11669–37box
107August 4Blue Jays5–4Vizcaíno (5–5)Speier (1–2)Hermanson (26)3:1332,02770–37box
108August 5Mariners2–4Piñeiro (4–7)García (11–5)Guardado (26)2:3739,16570–38box
109August 6Mariners4–2Buehrle (13–4)Moyer (9–4)Hermanson (27)2:1937,52971–38box
110August 7Mariners3–1Garland (16–5)Harris (0–1)Hermanson (28)2:2935,70672–38box
111August 8@ Yankees2–3Mussina (11–7)Hernández (8–5)Rivera (30)2:5854,87172–39box
112August 9@ Yankees2–1Contreras (7–6)Chacón (0–1)Hermanson (29)3:2053,94673–39box
113August 10@ Yankees2–1 (10)Cotts (4–0)Rivera (5–3)Hermanson (30)2:5854,63574–39box
114August 12@ Red Sox8–9Bradford (1–0)Buehrle (13–5)2:5735,13274–40box
115August 13@ Red Sox4–7Wakefield (12–9)Garland (16–6)2:4935,05574–41box
August 14@ Red SoxPostponed (rain) Rescheduled for September 5
116August 15Twins2–4Lohse (8–11)Contreras (7–7)Nathan (30)2:5139,16074–42box
117August 16Twins4–9 (17)Romero (3–3)Adkins (0–1)5:0934,53374–43box
118August 17Twins1–5Santana (12–6)Buehrle (13–6)2:3433,15874–44box
119August 19Yankees1–3Mussina (12–7)Garland (16–7)Rivera (33)2:5539,49674–45box
120August 20Yankees0–5Chacón (2–1)Hernández (8–6)3:0738,93874–46box
121August 21Yankees6–2Contreras (8–7)Johnson (11–8)2:1839,48075–46box
122August 23@ Twins0–1Santana (13–6)García (11–6)Nathan (32)2:0833,57275–47box
123August 24@ Twins6–4Buehrle (14–6)Mays (6–9)Hermanson (31)2:3332,68776–47box
124August 25@ Twins2–1 (10)Hermanson (1–2)Crain (9–3)Jenks (1)2:4526,89577–47box
125August 26@ Mariners5–3 (12)Vizcaíno (6–5)Nelson (1–3)Hermanson (32)3:3640,43178–47box
126August 27@ Mariners4–3Contreras (9–7)Piñeiro (5–9)Marte (4)2:5337,32679–47box
127August 28@ Mariners2–9Moyer (11–5)García (11–7)2:3936,86879–48box
128August 29@ Rangers5–7Dominguez (2–3)Buehrle (14–7)Brocail (1)2:2427,81979–49box
129August 30@ Rangers6–8Wilson (1–6)Garland (16–8)Cordero (29)2:39N/A79–50box
130August 30@ Rangers8–0McCarthy (1–1)Vólquez (0–1)2:4328,18380–50box
131August 31@ Rangers2–9Loe (7–4)Hernández (8–7)2:4223,49380–51box
September/October (19–12) – home (10–7) – road (9–5)
132September 1Tigers12–3Contreras (10–7)Johnson (7–11)2:3220,74381–51box
133September 2Tigers9–1García (12–7)Douglass (5–3)2:3025,50282–51box
134September 3Tigers6–2Buehrle (15–7)Robertson (6–12)2:2130,50983–51box
135September 4Tigers2–0Garland (17–8)Bonderman (14–12)2:0730,93184–51box
136September 5@ Red Sox5–3McCarthy (2–1)Schilling (5–7)3:1135,67385–51box
137September 6Royals6–5Hernández (9–7)Lima (5–14)Hermanson (33)2:4514,57186–51box
138September 7Royals1–0Contreras (11–7)Wood (4–6)Hermanson (34)2:3718,51387–51box
139September 8Royals2–4Howell (2–5)García (12–8)MacDougal (18)2:5017,70187–52box
140September 9Angels5–6 (12)Donnelly (9–3)Hermanson (1–3)3:4528,05987–53box
141September 10Angels5–10Colón (19–6)Garland (17–9)3:0326,53887–54box
142September 11Angels1–6Lackey (12–5)Hernández (9–8)2:3629,32187–55box
143September 13@ Royals6–4Contreras (12–7)Wood (4–7)Jenks (2)3:019,53588–55box
144September 14@ Royals9–10Demaria (1–0)Hermanson (1–4)3:039,92288–56box
145September 15@ Royals5–7Burgos (2–5)Buehrle (15–8)MacDougal (19)2:589,25888–57box
146September 16@ Twins2–1 (10)Jenks (1–0)Crain (10–5)2:4926,95189–57box
147September 17@ Twins0–5Santana (14–7)Hernández (9–9)2:5024,86689–58box
148September 18@ Twins2–1Contreras (13–7)Rincón (6–6)Jenks (3)2:1723,55990–58box
149September 19Indians5–7Betancourt (4–3)Marte (3–4)Wickman (44)3:3135,74890–59box
150September 20Indians7–6 (10)Hermanson (2–4)Riske (3–4)3:3126,14791–59box
151September 21Indians0–8Elarton (11–7)Garland (17–10)2:4736,54391–60box
152September 22Twins1–4 (11)Crain (11–5)Jenks (1–1)Nathan (39)3:1225,11291–61box
153September 23Twins3–1Contreras (14–7)Lohse (9–13)2:1928,00392–61box
154September 24Twins8–1García (13–8)Mays (6–10)2:2737,69993–61box
155September 25Twins4–1Buehrle (16–8)Liriano (0–2)1:5330,40294–61box
156September 26@ Tigers3–4Rodney (2–3)Politte (6–1)2:4310,84094–62box
157September 27@ Tigers2–3Robertson (7–15)McCarthy (2–2)Rodney (9)2:2113,98394–63box
158September 28@ Tigers8–2Contreras (15–7)Douglass (5–5)2:4617,22195–63box
159September 29@ Tigers4–2García (14–8)Grilli (1–1)Jenks (4)2:2213,49496–63box
160September 30@ Indians3–2 (13)Politte (7–1)Cabrera (2–1)Jenks (5)4:1741,07297–63box
161October 1@ Indians4–3Garland (18–10)Westbrook (15–15)Jenks (6)2:4841,02698–63box
162October 2@ Indians3–1McCarthy (3–2)Elarton (11–9)Hernández (1)2:5641,03499–63box
2005 White Sox Postseason Game Log
American League Division Series (3–0) (Best of 5)
1October 4Red Sox14–2Contreras (1–0)Clement (0–1)2:5640,7171–0box
2October 5Red Sox5–4Buehrle (1–0)Wells (0–1)Jenks (1)2:2940,7992–0box
3October 7@ Red Sox5–3García (1–0)Wakefield (0–1)Jenks (2)3:2835,4963–0box
American League Championship Series (4–1) (Best of 7)
4October 11Angels2–3Byrd (1–0)Contreras (1–1)Rodríguez (3)2:4740,6593–1(0–1)box
5October 12Angels2–1Buehrle (2–0)Escobar (1–1)2:3441,0134–1(1–1)box
6October 14@ Angels5–2Garland (1–0)Lackey (0–1)2:4244,7255–1(2–1)box
7October 15@ Angels8–2García (2–0)Santana (1–1)2:4644,8576–1(3–1)box
8October 16@ Angels6–3Contreras (2–1)Escobar (1–2)3:1144,7127–1(4–1)box
World Series (4–0) (Best of 7)
9October 22Astros5–3Contreras (3–1)Rodríguez (0–1)Jenks (3)3:1341,2068–1(1–0)box
10October 23Astros7–6Cotts (1–0)Lidge (0–2)3:1141,4329–1(2–0)box
11October 25@ Astros7–5 (14)Marte (1–0)Astacio (0–1)Buehrle (1)5:4142,84810–1(3–0)box
12October 26@ Astros1–0García (3–0)Lidge (0–3)Jenks (4)3:2042,93611–1(4–0)box

Player stats


Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Base on balls; SO = Strikeouts; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Brian Anderson, OF 13 34 3 6 1 0 2 3 0 12 .176 1
Geoff Blum, 1B, 3B, SS, 2B 31 95 6 19 2 1 1 3 4 15 .200 0
Joe Borchard, OF 7 12 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 4 .417 0
Mark Buehrle, P 33 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 0
Jamie Burke, 1B 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Raul Casanova, C 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 0
José Contreras, P 32 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 0
Joe Crede, 3B 132 432 54 109 21 0 22 62 25 66 .252 1
Jermaine Dye, RF 145 529 74 145 29 2 31 86 39 99 .274 11
Carl Everett, DH, OF 135 490 58 123 17 2 23 87 42 99 .251 4
Freddy García, P 33 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 0
Jon Garland, P 32 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .500 0
Ross Gload, OF,1B 28 42 2 7 2 0 0 5 2 9 .167 0
Willie Harris, 2B, SS 56 121 17 31 2 1 1 8 13 25 .256 10
Orlando Hernández, P 24 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 0
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B 135 511 74 142 25 6 15 71 47 114 .278 15
Paul Konerko, 1B 158 575 98 163 24 0 40 100 81 109 .283 0
Pedro Lopez, 2B, SS 2 7 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 .286 0
Brandon McCarthy, P 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 0
Pablo Ozuna, SS, OF,2B 70 203 27 56 7 2 0 11 7 26 .276 14
Timo Perez, OF 76 179 13 39 8 0 2 15 12 25 .218 2
A. J. Pierzynski, C 128 460 61 118 21 0 18 56 23 68 .257 0
Scott Podsednik, LF 129 507 80 147 28 1 0 25 47 75 .290 59
Cliff Politte, P 68 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.000 0
Aaron Rowand, CF 157 578 77 156 30 5 13 69 32 116 .270 16
Frank Thomas, DH 34 105 19 23 3 0 12 26 16 31 .219 0
Juan Uribe, SS 146 481 58 121 23 3 16 71 34 77 .252 4
Chris Widger, C 45 141 18 34 8 0 4 11 10 22 .241 0
Team totals
162 5529 741 1450 253 23 200 713 435 1002 .262 137


Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; HR = Home runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Jon Adkins 0 1 8.64 5 0 0 8.1 13 8 8 0 6 1
Jeff Bajenaru 0 0 6.23 4 0 0 4.1 4 3 3 2 0 3
Mark Buehrle 16 8 3.12 33 33 0 236.2 240 99 82 20 44 149
José Contreras 15 7 3.61 32 32 0 204.2 177 91 82 23 77 154
Neal Cotts 4 0 1.94 69 0 0 60.1 38 15 13 1 34 58
Freddy García 14 8 3.87 33 33 0 228.0 225 102 98 26 62 146
Jon Garland 18 10 3.50 32 32 0 221.0 212 93 86 26 50 115
Dustin Hermanson 2 4 2.04 57 0 34 57.1 46 17 13 4 21 33
Orlando Hernández 9 9 5.12 24 22 1 128.1 137 77 73 18 51 91
Bobby Jenks 1 1 2.75 32 0 6 39.1 34 15 12 3 18 50
Dámaso Marte 3 4 3.77 66 0 4 45.1 45 21 19 5 37 54
Brandon McCarthy 3 2 4.03 12 10 0 67.0 62 30 30 13 17 48
Cliff Politte 7 1 2.00 68 0 1 67.1 42 15 15 7 25 57
David Sanders 0 0 13.50 2 0 0 2.0 3 3 3 1 1 1
Shingo Takatsu 1 2 5.97 31 0 8 28.2 30 19 19 9 17 32
Luis Vizcaíno 6 5 3.73 65 0 0 70.0 74 30 29 8 35 43
Kevin Walker 0 1 9.00 9 0 0 7.0 10 7 7 1 6 5
Team totals
99 63 3.61 162 162 54 1475.2 1392 645 592 167 501 1040


Chicago began its eighth trip to the postseason in 2005.[11] The last time they reached the playoffs, during the 2000 season, they were swept by the wild card Seattle Mariners in three games after having the best record in the American League that season. The White Sox' power, or lack thereof in the series, ultimately doomed them. The pitching, which had been average at best all year, collapsed against Seattle.[12]

The time before that, after their 1993 AL West Division title, the White Sox won two games against the eventual World Series Champion Toronto Blue Jays. Expectations were pretty high for the 2005 playoffs, especially if they could erase that 88-year World Series drought.

Game 1

Manager Ozzie Guillén reminded his team not to feel happy just to be in the playoffs, and the White Sox took it to heart. The "South Siders" pounded the Red Sox 14–2 behind two home runs from A. J. Pierzynski. Paul Konerko, Juan Uribe, and Scott Podsednik added solo home runs. Podsednik's homer was his first of the season.[13] The White Sox also got another solid performance from starter José Contreras, who went 723 innings, allowing only two runs, and striking out six. The White Sox beat up on former Cub Matt Clement, as his day was done after just 313 innings, giving up eight runs.[13] The White Sox played a just about flawless game all together, with plays like Tadahito Iguchi's surprise throw to third to nail Trot Nixon, taking some momentum out of the Red Sox. Everything was looking up for the White Sox, but Boston was the defending champion, so they weren't counting out the Red Sox that easily. Final score: White Sox 14, Boston 2.

Game 2

White Sox ace Mark Buehrle got his chance in this game to turn in a solid postseason performance. Buehrle was with the White Sox in 2000 for their last playoff run, and pitched 1/3 scoreless inning of relief back then.[14] But given his first chance to start, he looked to help his team put the Red Sox in a 2-0-hole that would be awfully hard to get out of. Buehrle was a little substandard, giving up four runs and eight hits over seven innings. However, he still got the win partially thanks to Boston second baseman Tony Graffanino, a former White Sox. With one out and Joe Crede on first in the fifth inning, Juan Uribe hit a ground ball up the middle. Graffanino took his eyes off the ball and started to flip the ball to shortstop Édgar Rentería before he had actually fielded it.[13] The ball went through his legs and into the outfield. This allowed Crede to move to third, allowing a prime scoring opportunity for the White Sox.

Scott Podsednik spoiled the first chance, fouling out to third. That sent Tadahito Iguchi up to bat with the White Sox down 4–2. Iguchi sent a curveball from pitcher David Wells into the left field seats for a 5–4 lead. The White Sox never relinquished this lead, as Bobby Jenks came on in the eighth inning to claim the two inning save.[13] The Sox had just won their second postseason game in a row, and headed to Boston, up two games to none. However, the Red Sox had come back from three down in the American League Championship the year before on their way to winning the World Series, so no one was taking Boston lightly. Final Score: White Sox 5, Boston 4.

Game 3

Game 3 proved to be perhaps the most exciting of the whole series. The White Sox headed into Boston, taking on Johnny Damon, Manny Ramirez, and David Ortiz, and were confident. Freddy García was starting, ready to nail down his second clinching win of the season (He had been the winning pitcher in the game where the White Sox clinched the Central Division title.). The White Sox took a 2–0 lead in the top of the third inning with some key hits. However, García did not have a very good start, which kept the Red Sox in the game. He gave up two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game. But Paul Konerko, the White Sox' number one run producer the whole season, stepped to the plate in the top of the sixth inning with Jermaine Dye on base. He sent a pitch over the left field wall to put the White Sox ahead 4–2, and keep a lead that they never lost.[13] A particularly tense point came in the sixth inning. García gave up a mammoth home run to Manny Ramirez to bring Boston to within one, and then Boston loaded the bases with a single and two walks. That prompted manager Ozzie Guillén to bring on Orlando "El Duque" Hernández, who was brought to Chicago for his incredible postseason track record while with the New York Yankees.[13] With no outs, Hernández got Jason Varitek and Tony Graffanino to pop up in consecutive at-bats. Then after Johnny Damon drew a full count from Hernández, El Duque got him to miss, ending the inning[15] and putting the Red Sox down to rest. Hernández pitched two more scoreless innings, allowing only one more hit. The White Sox added a run in the top of the ninth inning for security, leading to Bobby Jenks closing out his second game of the series and sending Chicago into the American League Championship Series. Final Score: White Sox 5, Boston 3.

This was the White Sox first postseason series win since the 1917 World Series.

Game 1

By virtue of their sweep in the Division Series, the White Sox got to enjoy a three-day break in between the two series, while the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and New York Yankees battled it out. Due to a rain-out, the Angels had to fly from New York to Anaheim for Game 5 of the series, and then fly to Chicago in back to back nights. It was assumed that the White Sox had an advantage in this series, because they were very well rested and Los Angeles was very tired. However, that was not the case. The Angels were led by a home run from Garret Anderson in the second, and Chicago was unable to execute in the field, leading to two more Angel runs. The White Sox got on the board with a Joe Crede home run in the third. They added on another run to cut the lead to 3–2 with A. J. Pierzynski's RBI single in the fourth.[13] However, that was all the production the Sox could muster, as they wasted opportunities in the later innings. A solid start by José Contreras couldn't save the Sox either. Contreras went 813 innings, giving up three runs. It was Contreras's first loss since August 15, when he suffered defeat to the Minnesota Twins.[13] The White Sox were now in a hole, and faced a crucial Game 2, or risk going to Anaheim down 2–0 in the series. Final Score: Los Angeles 3, White Sox 2.

Game 2

Mark Buehrle was the mound in Game 2, and turned in an incredible outing. Through nine innings, he only gave up a Robb Quinlan home run in the fifth, and the White Sox scored a run in the bottom of the first via errors. With the score tied 1–1 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Buehrle getting ready to start the tenth inning, A. J. Pierzynski stepped to the plate. He swung on a split-finger fastball in the dirt from Kelvim Escobar for strike three.[13] Home Plate Umpire Doug Eddings[13] called Pierzynski out on three strikes. Pierzynski began walking toward the dugout, but then ran to first base. Pierzynski claimed the ball was not caught. After much discussion between the umpires he was awarded first base, and the inning continued. Pablo Ozuna went in to pinch run, and on the first pitch, stole second base without a throw. Joe Crede, after taking two strikes, lined the next pitch from Escobar off the left field wall for a walk-off double. The White Sox pulled out a victory and evened the series. Final Score: White Sox 2, Los Angeles 1.

Game 3

The series now switched to Anaheim, where the White Sox had a history of playing poorly. But the White Sox disregarded tradition and won three straight. Jon Garland, who hadn't pitched in the Division Series, made his first career playoff start. Garland picked up right where Mark Buehrle had left off. Throwing a complete game of his own, Garland gave up only two runs on an Orlando Cabrera home run in the sixth inning while striking out seven.[13] He was helped by his offense, specifically Paul Konerko, who hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning, proving to be the game winning runs as the White Sox built a 3–0 lead after one.[13] The lead was extended to 5–0 by the sixth before the Cabrera home run. The final score was 5–2, Chicago.

This game had no controversy, although Doug Eddings, the home plate umpire in Game 2 who ruled the third strike to A. J. Pierzynski hit the ground, did get booed while being introduced. The White Sox had put together a 2–1 series lead as well as back to back complete games in a postseason series for the first time since 1982, when it was accomplished by Tommy John and Bruce Kison for the California Angels.[13] The Sox headed into Game 4 looking to take a three games to one lead. Final Score: White Sox 5, Los Angeles 2.

Game 4

Inspired by his teammate's performances the last two games of the series, Freddy García followed suit, tossing yet another complete game. García was masterful over the game, giving up only six hits and two runs. He was helped by a three-run lead in the first inning. This time, Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer. This complete game marked the first time a team had thrown three straight complete games in a postseason series since the 1973 National League Championship Series when Tom Seaver, Jon Matlack, and Jerry Koosman accomplished the feat for the New York Mets,[13] despite Seaver's being a loss.

Another incident involving catcher A. J. Pierzynski took place in the second inning. There were runners on first and third at the time, and Steve Finley was at the plate. Finley swung and clipped Pierzynski's glove during his follow through. As Finley ran to first he looked back at the umpires and yelled for catcher's interference. However, the call was not made, and Finley eventually ended up grounding into an inning ending double play.[13] The victory put the White Sox one victory away from heading to the World Series, and one step closer to ending their long World Series Championship drought. Final Score: White Sox 8, Los Angeles 2.

Game 5

José Contreras, who had pitched well in Game 1 but lost, was on the mound for Game 5, trying to send the White Sox to their first World Series since 1959. Contreras definitely did his part. Contreras fired a fourth complete game. He surrendered three runs on five hits over the game, but the White Sox offense scored enough runs to give him a 6–3 victory. The four consecutive complete games in a postseason was a League Championship Series record, and the first time since the New York Yankees got five complete games in a row from Whitey Ford, Tom Sturdivant, Don Larsen (which was a perfect game), Bob Turley, and Johnny Kucks during the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The White Sox started the scoring in the second on Joe Crede's sacrifice fly. The Angels tied it in the third with an Adam Kennedy single. In the fifth, Jermaine Dye hit a two-out double that put the White Sox ahead 2–1. However, the Angels struck right back with a ground rule double from Chone Figgins and a sacrifice fly from Garret Anderson. However, it was all White Sox after that. Joe Crede hit a game-tying home run off Kelvim Escobar in the seventh. In the eighth, A. J. Pierzynski was at it again. He hit a slow rolling ground ball down the first base line and Escobar tagged him. However, replay showed Escobar tagged with his glove- while the ball was in his hand. Randy Marsh, the first base umpire, called Pierzynski out, but then the umpires talked it over after manager Ozzie Guillén ran out to argue. The call was reversed, and Pierzynski was rewarded first base with Aaron Rowand on second with two out.[13] Joe Crede faced Angels closer Francisco Rodríguez, who set the major league record for saves in a season in 2008 with 62, and Crede laced a single up the middle to score Rowand and put the White Sox ahead for good.[16] Paul Konerko added an RBI double in the ninth for insurance. Konerko won the ALCS MVP award[13] as the White Sox looked to win their first World Series since 1917. Final Score: White Sox 6, Los Angeles 3.

This was the White Sox first pennant since 1959.

Game 1

Chicago's opponent in the 2005 World Series was the National League Champion Houston Astros, who defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series to clinch a trip to their first World Series in franchise history. The night was special for Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell, two longtime Astros making their first trip to the World Series. Game 1 was José Contreras vs. Roger Clemens. However, Clemens re-injured his hamstring in the second inning, and so his night was done early. In the fourth, with the score tied 3–3, Joe Crede took control of the game. He homered in the inning, and then, in the sixth, he made two diving stops to save runs and keep the White Sox ahead by one.[13]

The story of the night, though, was the bullpen. After Contreras lasted seven plus innings, Neal Cotts relieved him. Willy Taveras had hit a leadoff double off Contreras, and then Cotts entered. He gave up a hard outfield single to Lance Berkman, which was hit at a fielder, and hit so hard that Taveras couldn't score, and stopped at third. However, Cotts then went on to strike out Morgan Ensberg and Mike Lamb, bringing up Bagwell. That prompted manager Ozzie Guillén to bring on closer Bobby Jenks. Jenks struck out Bagwell with his 100-mile per hour fastball. He then got the next three outs in the top of the ninth to give the White Sox a Game 1 victory.[13] Final Score: White Sox 5, Houston 3.

Game 2

Fresh off a victory the night before, the White Sox tried to make it two in a row in the Series, but this time the opposing pitcher was Andy Pettitte, an excellent pitcher who was making his 34th career postseason start. This game was sloppy, as temperatures were cold and it was raining. Mark Buehrle wasn't throwing his best pitches, as he gave up four runs in seven innings. However, with the White Sox down 4–2 in the seventh, Paul Konerko took over. With the bases loaded, he sent the first pitch he saw from reliever Chad Qualls into the left field bullpen for a 6–4 White Sox lead on a grand slam. The slam was the first one in White Sox postseason history. However, the lead only lasted for an inning. Bobby Jenks, evidently not playing his best either, gave up two runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game. Fortunately enough for Jenks, Scott Podsednik came to the rescue. Hitting second in the ninth, Podsednik sent a pitch from Brad Lidge into the right field seats for a walk-off home run, his second homer of the whole season. It was the 14th walk-off home run in World Series history, and sent the White Sox to Houston up two games to none. Final Score: White Sox 7, Astros 6.

Game 3

This game was the longest game in World Series history time wise, and tied for the longest game in World Series history according to innings. In the first World Series game played in the state of Texas, the hometown Astros got off to a good start. They jumped out to a 4–0 lead through four innings. However, in the fifth, the White Sox scored 5 runs to take the lead 5–4 in a 46-pitch inning for Houston's Roy Oswalt. But the Astros tied the score in the bottom of the eighth, and as neither team scored in the ninth inning, the game went into extra innings.

The game kept going on and on until the top of the fourteenth inning when Geoff Blum stepped to the plate. Blum did not have a postseason at-bat for the White Sox since Game 1 of the Division Series. But he connected on a home run off Ezequiel Astacio to give the White Sox a one-run lead.[17] They added another run later in the inning. After Dámaso Marte began the bottom half of the inning, Mark Buehrle came out and got the save for Chicago. After using nine pitchers to the Astros' eight, and playing for 5 hours and 41 minutes, the White Sox were just one win away from clinching their first World Series championship in 88 years. Final Score: White Sox 7, Houston 5.

Game 4

Heeding the words of Ozzie Guillén to win the World Series as soon as possible, the White Sox took it to heart in a trademark 1–0 win. Freddy García was on the mound against the young but talented Brandon Backe. Locked in a pitchers' duel through seven innings, Guillén decided to take García out and replace him with a pinch hitter in the top of the eighth inning. Willie Harris pinch-hit for García and started the inning off with a single. After moving to third with two outs, Jermaine Dye drove him in with a single up the middle against Brad Lidge, who had given up Scott Posednik's game-winning home run earlier in the series. Dye won World Series MVP honors for his good hitting throughout the series. After Cliff Polite and Neal Cotts pitched a scoreless eighth, Bobby Jenks came in to close the game out. He gave up a leadoff single, and got an out via a sacrifice bunt, but then it was all Juan Uribe. Uribe chased down a foul ball and dove into the stands to make the acrobatic catch. He then made the play on a slow, bouncing hit over the head of Jenks to throw out Orlando Palmeiro to win the game and the World Series for the White Sox. Final Score: White Sox 1, Houston 0.

With their 11–1 record, the White Sox tied the 1999 New York Yankees for the best record in a single postseason. In calling the final out, White Sox broadcaster John Rooney's call of "A White Sox winner and a World Championship!" echoed Jack Buck's call of the St. Louis Cardinals winning the 1982 World Series: "That's a winner! That's a winner! A World Series winner for the Cardinals!" Following the series, Rooney coincidentally joined the Cardinals broadcasting team and announced their victory in the 2006 World Series.

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Charlotte Knights International League Nick Leyva and Manny Trillo
AA Birmingham Barons Southern League Razor Shines
A Winston-Salem Warthogs Carolina League Chris Cron
A Kannapolis Intimidators South Atlantic League Nick Capra
Rookie Bristol White Sox Appalachian League Jerry Hairston, Sr.
Rookie Great Falls White Sox Pioneer League John Orton

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Kannapolis[18]


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  2. Dustin Hermanson at Baseball Reference
  3. Scott Podsednik at Baseball Reference
  4. Bobby Jenks at Baseball Reference
  5. Orlando Hernández at Baseball Reference
  6. A. J. Pierzynski at Baseball Reference
  7. Tadahito Iguchi at Baseball Reference
  8. Ozzie Guillén page at Wikipedia
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  10. Lance Broadway at Baseball Reference
  11. Chicago White Sox at Baseball Reference
  12. Chicago Tribune (2005). Believe It! The Story of Chicago's World Champions. Chicago: Triumph Books.
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  15. 2005 American League Division Series#Game 3.2C October 7
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