[Twins pitcher Joe] Nathan than quickly retired pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay on a swinging strikeout to start the ninth and then induced Scott Podsednik’s routine fly ball to left fielder Denard Span for out No. 2. Nathan jumped ahead on Gordon Beckham with two quick strikes, needing one more swing to send the White Sox to their sixth straight loss. But the rookie phenom worked the count full and then launched a 3-2 pitch into the left-field stands for his 10th home run and a 2-1 deficit. … Beckham’s blast was a nice moment for the White Sox, but they still were one out away from falling 4 1/2 games behind the Twins for second. Once again, Nathan brought the game within its final strike, but Konerko drove out his own full-count offering for home run No. 24. Konerko’s long ball was more of a high fly, and Span looked as if he had his jump timed to take away the game-tying run. It would have been a fitting ending for the White Sox in the Metrodome, but instead, it landed about four rows beyond Span’s outstretched glove.
After that Nathan walked Jermaine Dye and Carlos Quentin and was replaced by Matt Guerrier. The next batter was Alexei Ramirez who singled:
His single to left on an 0-2 pitch scored pinch-runner Dewayne Wise when Span’s throw short-hopped catcher Mike Redmond. A good throw would have had Wise by a few feet. But it was an aggressive send by third-base coach Jeff Cox in a venue where the White Sox literally had nothing to lose.
Next, Carlos Quentin scored an insurance-run on a wild pitch, Bobby Jenks worked a scoreless 1-2-single-4 bottom of the 9th and the Sox had their first win in the Metrodome in a game the Twins lead by 2 runs in the 9th inning. Seems the Sox figure it in their last Metrodome game. The Sox finished with a 89-114 record at the Metrodome after it opened in 1982.
A couple quotes from the Sox after the jump.
“We own this place,” Konerko quipped while flipping his cap to a clubhouse attendant after the Sox scored four runs with two outs, two strikes and the bases empty in the ninth inning to forge a 4-2 victory over Minnesota in their final game at the Metrodome.
Next season, the Twins move into Target Field, an outdoor stadium. Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who despises the Metrodome more than most, was rattling off jokes afterward. “I didn’t know that the clubhouse has such a nice sound system,” Guillen said. “That’s the first time I’ve (heard music) in 7-10 years. “How crazy is this thing?” Guillen continued. “We figure out how to win in this place, and now we can’t come here anymore.”