Tuesday, August 21, 2012

August 21

2005 Topps World Series #19 - Chris Widger

On this day in 2005, Chris Widger ties a White Sox record by hitting a fourth home run in an inning.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, facing Yankee fireballer Randy Johnson, Pablo Ozuna grounded out to start off the half inning. Tadahito Iguchi hit a home run, followed by Aaron Rowand and Paul Konerko. Jermaine Dye and Juan Uribe hit back to back singles, setting up an improbable situation for backup catcher Chris Widger. Chris hit the fourth home run of the inning, scoring Dye and Uribe. Brian Anderson fouled out and Geoff Blum lined out to end the inning, but the damage was done. Despite the bad inning, Randy Johnson was the only Yankee pitcher on the mound. It was enough for the White Sox to prevail 6-2.

Widger signed with the White Sox in December 2004. He played a complimentary backup to newly acquired catcher A.J. Pierzynski for the 2005 season and part of the 2006 season. Chris was released on July 24, 2006, when the Sox re-acquired Sandy Alomar Jr. Widger last played for the Baltimore Orioles to finish the 2006 season. While hitting decently in 2005 with .241, Chris's average went down under .200 in 2006. He finished his White Sox career with a .221 average.

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