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Smoked Sox

September 12 @ Anaheim


Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
Spring 2005
Number of special newspaper articles covering it:
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"Hurricane watching...again..."

Short Take:Contreras rocked, Colon and Angels roll 11-0.

Ugh. Is is officially football season yet?

For those of us who still enjoy watching America's pasttime into the fall months, this one was ugly. Jose Contreras was shelled for 7 runs in 3 innings, and former Sox pitcher Bartolo Colon was sharp as the Angels strolled to an 11-0 victory at Anaheim. Contreras appeared to be serving up batting practice as the Angels tallied 4 hits in a 3-run first inning. With the first two batters already on second and third, slugger Vladimir Guerrereo kicked off the scoring on a groundout to first. David Eckstein scored and the Angels had an insurmountable (at least today it was) 1-0 lead. The cleanup hitter, Garrett Anderson, singled in the Halos' second run. Anderson was 3-4 on the day, with 3 RBI. Jose Guillen was the next to tee off, and he doubled off Contreras to score Anderson and put the Angels up 3-0.

The Angels picked up right where they left off in the bottom of the second. Adam Kennedy led off the inning with a double, and was sacrificed to third by catcher Jose Molina. Following a walk to Eckstein, Darin Erstad delivered an RBI single. With two out and two on, Anderson hit a two-run double and the rout was on.

The Sox squandered perhaps their best chance to get on the board off Colon in the top half of the third. Joe Crede hit a one-out single, and went to third on an infield bunt hit by Willie Harris. On the play, Erstad threw the ball away and Harris moved to second. Timo Perez, who has been hitting well with RISP, bunted right back to Colon who tagged Crede out at home plate on the squeeze. Carlos Lee popped out to end the inning, and the Sox had nothing to show for their efforts. The Angels, meanwhile, tacked on another run off Contreras in the third on a double by Jose Molina which made the score 7-0 Angels. That would mercifully end Contreras' day, who surrendered 7 earned runs on 10 hits and a walk.

Colon was on cruise control, scattering 6 hits over 7 complete innings for the victory. Joe Borchard recorded the only extra base hit of the afternoon for the Sox, a leadoff double in the 5th inning, but was stranded and failed to score. Felix Diaz gave the Sox two scoreless innings in relief of Contreras, and Arnie Munoz pitched a perfect 6th inning. In the 7th, reliever Jeff Bajenaru came on and was welcomed rudely by the home team. The Angels loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, and Chone Figgins cleared the bases with a triple to put the game well out of reach at 10-0. Figgins would score the Angels final run on the next play, an infield single by Kennedy. Bajenaru retired the next three batters in order, but he was charged with 4 earned runs on 4 hits. Shingo Takatsu mopped up in the 8th, striking out all three batters he faced.

With the loss, the Sox drop to (72-70) on the season, and they find themselves a full 10 games back of division leading Minnesota. The Sox have a travel day tomorrow, their last open date of the 2004 campaign. They are on their way up to Minnesota to face the Twins for three games before coming home for the final homestand of the season. Things won't get any easier as the Twins send their ace Johan Santana (17-6, 2.85) to the hill against Freddy Garcia (11-10, 3.79). Gametime 7:10 pm CT.

For anyone with some extra time on their hands, there will be baseball at US Cellular Field on Monday and Tuesday. The World Champion Florida Marlins will be here to play the Montreal Expos thanks to Hurricane Ivan. Both games start at 1:05 pm CT, and tickets are $15 general admission with a portion of the proceeds going towards hurricane relief.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Timo Perez failed to bring home a run with a sacrifice bunt; probably would have been better off swinging away at the time.


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