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Live play-by-play commentary of Game 5 of the ALCS from a guy working Sunday night.

In 1959 Mayor Richard J. Daley switched on the city's civil defense air-raid sirens when the White Sox clinched the pennant, sending Russian-fearing non-baseball fans into a frenzy.

The Sox, up three games to one over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the American League Championship Series, are a game away from their first pennant in 46 years and the city of Chicago is possibly hours from learning if son Richard M. Daley has a similar celebration in mind.

Welcome to yet another playoff edition of From the Cubicle. The only guys working tonight are me and my colleague Greg Gugger. But, wherever you are, get the kids and gather around the computer for all the action.

Game 1 starters Jose Contreras and Paul Byrd go back out to the mound. Tonight's lineups.

The forecast for Anaheim calls for some rare rain. We'll have baseball whenever Fox feels fit to start the game.

I'm pretty sure we're going to have a game here. But that's not a definite. Fox's pregame show is hideous. Exactly what purpose does the inane blabber of Jeanne Zelasko, Kevin Kennedy and Kenny Lofton serve?

First inning

Scott Podsednik, coming off a great Game 4, strikes out looking to start this one. Tadahito Iguchi is hit by a pitch. He always gets hit. But the Gooch is tough and he takes his base. As Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Lou Piniella discuss deep-dish pizza, Jermaine Dye drops a flare into left for a single that probably should've been caught. Speaking of which, I've got a Lou Malnati's pie en route. Paul Konerko lines out to Vladimir Guerrero in right and Iguchi tags and takes third, sliding in just before the tag. Carl Everett pops out to end the inning.

Bullpen? What's that? Contreras is the only Sox pitcher in the series not to have gone the distance. I'm pretty sure he's quite aware of it and would like to change that tonight. He'll face Chone Figgins when we're back from commercial. "Bud Light, Bud Light...oooh, a hot dog!" Figgins flies out to Aaron Rowand in center. Orlando Cabrera pops out to Contreras. To answer a question on the message board, Don Drysdale gave Greg some pitching tips on a "Brady Bunch" episode and then Greg got all cocky about it. However the best athlete cameo on "The Bunch"? Deacon Jones, who tells Peter glee club is cool. Garrett Anderson dumps a single to left. Guerrero goes to 1-for-17 in the series with a fly out to end the inning.

No score

Second inning

You've got to like Paul Byrd's old-school, arm-swinging lineup. But that's about all there is to like. Rowand doubles down the right field line as the ball bounces just inside the line into the crowd. A.J. Pierzynski bunts the first pitch and gets the job done. Rowand goes to third on the sacrifice. Joe Crede flies out to center and Rowand comes home. It's now raining. Juan Uribe grounds out to end the inning but the Sox get on the board.

White Sox 1, Angels 0

Darin Erstad misses a forkball in the dirt and he goes and takes a seat on the bench. Bengie Molina grounds out to Uribe. Contreras makes Casey Kotchman look silly while striking him out. A quick inning.

Third inning

Podsednik grounds out to second. Chris Myers said the last rain out in Anaheim was in 1995. He also said the rain is supposed to pass. Iguchi flies out. Byrd gets two strikes on Dye before missing on a couple close ones that gets Mike Scioscia and Joe Buck riled up. The count goes full and Dye grounds out to third.

Sox fan in the OC, I've noticed that, too, about Contreras very obviously going to his forkball grip for all to see. It looks like might start with that grip and then adjusts to other grips with the ball in his glove. Juan Rivera doubles to start the Angels' half of the third. Isn't this the guy who ripped off Derek Jeter's glove and sold it? Contreras tries to get Rivera at second and the ball goes into center. Rivera takes third. Adam Kennedy lines a single to center, scoring Rivera to tie the game at 1-1. Figgins bunts Kennedy to second. Cabrera grounds out to Uribe and Kennedy has to stay put. The lineup I provided earlier is wrong. Scioscia flip-flopped Anderson and Guerrero just before the game. A pitch gets away from Pierzynski and Kennedy goes to third. Anderson walks. With runners on the corners and Guerrero with a bat in his hand, Ozzie Guillen goes out to talk to Contreras. Vlad grounds out. Guy's brutal in this series.

White Sox 1, Angels 1

Fourth inning

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