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Back to Reality

July 18 at Oakland Athletics


Today's Free Agency Value:
$10,800,000
"Another 0 for 4 today, drops average to .287. Hopefully the rust comes off soon."

Short Take:Sox come up short, Mulder too much as A's win 5-3.

Esteban Loaiza turned in a respectable performance, and for awhile it looked as if he might deliver the Sox a victory today to salvage a split in the 4 game series. But Bobby Crosby put the A's on top in a 3-run 6th inning, and Mark Mulder allowed Sox bats only 3 hits in a 5-3 Sox loss. On the bright side, this contest marks the last regular season game at their own personal house of horrors in Oakland.

The White Sox failed to take advantage of an early scoring opportunity off the stingy Mulder in the second. Carlos Lee drew a leadoff walk, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After a Konerko strikeout, Lee stole third base with Joe Crede at the plate and just one out. Crede then grounded into a fielder's choice to the third baseman Eric Chavez, who gunned down Lee at the plate. The Sox did get on the board in the third inning. Aaron Rowand, who had two of the Sox three hits today, registered the first hit for the Sox with two outs in the 3rd. Jose Valentin then followed with his 19th home run of the season to put the Sox up 2-0. Oakland got one back in the bottom half of the inning when Jermaine Dye hit a two-out double off the leftfield wall over the head of Lee. Mark Kotsay, who had led the inning off with a double, scored on the play to cut the Sox margin in half 2-1.

Rowand homered to lead off the 6th off Mulder, putting the Sox back up by two. Mulder would go on to retire the next 10 batters he faced, going 8 1/3 with 8 K's. Loaiza pitched well in this one, but unfortunately not well enough. He allowed just one run and three hits through 5 innings, but the 6th inning would do him and the Sox in. A leadoff single by Chavez was followed by a double from Jermaine Dye, and the score was 3-2. Loaiza was able to get the next two batters out, but with Dye at third and two outs Bobby Crosby went deep for a 2-run homer to put the A's on top 4-3. Oakland added on an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th off reliever Neal Cotts. Erubiel Durazo hit a one-out single off Cotts, and Mike Jackson gave up a two-out single to Damian Miller to plate Durazo.

The White Sox are now in a virtual tie with the Minnesota Twins for first place pending tonight's outcome. Sox welcome back an old face, Carl Everett, who was acquired earlier today with cash considerations from the Expos for Jon Rauch and Gary Majewski. Hopefully he can give the offense a much-needed spark as the Sox head down to Arlington for a two-game series with the Rangers. Scott Schoeneweis (5-7, 4.71) will try to right the ship against Joaquin Benoit (3-4, 6.18). Gametime 7:05 pm CDT tomorrow night.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Golden opportunity lost in the second as Crede grounds into fielders choice, hanging Lee out to dry at home. Offense sputters with only 3 hits on the day.


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