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Lack of Timely Hitting Costly

May 26 at Los Angeles/Anaheim


How many Grinders did KW use today:
4
"Podsednik, Iguchi, Rowand, Konerko, Ozuna...These guys got on base more than once and/or figured in the scoring."

Short Take:  Contreras records a season-high nine strike-outs; but, he's unable to get the win, as he gives up a two-out longball to McPherson.

Jose Contreras, the holder of the lowest batting average against among starters in the league, recorded a season high nine strike-outs. Unfortunately, he was unable to nail a win down, as the Pale Hose dropped the final game of this four-game series at the ballpark formerly known as Edison Field to the tune of a 3-2 count.

It seemed as if it was going to be a long day at the office for our #3 starter, as he allowed Chone "I can't spell my own first name right" Figgens to reach third on a flare to right field to lead off the game for the Halos. Figgens scored in that inning; but, Contreras settled down the rest of that inning without further damage done. The Angels were able to walk away with a 1-0 lead after the first frame of play.

The second and third innings were pitcher's duels, as both teams were sent down in order in both innings...Then the Sox bats began to wake up.

The fourth inning began as Scott Podsednik stretched a single to a double to lead off the inning. Podsednik scored on the next play, as Tadahito Iguchi flared the ball to the right field corner. Aaron Rowand followed by singeling Iguchi to second, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch by Halo pitcher John Lackey. Another wild pitch sent Iguchi out to test the mind Halo catcher Benji Molina. Iggy clearly slid under Molina's tag, but home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez called him out. Our beloved Sox have been handed the short-end of an infinite number of calls, and this was no different! Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye ended the inning by both striking out. The score was knotted at one run a piece as the game advanced.

The second time the Sox threatened to score was in the sixth inning, as Rowand was hit by a pitch with one out. Konerko doubled Rowand to third, which gave the team with the best record in baseball ducks on the pond with one out. Just when Sox fans thought our team would get their first lead of the ballgame the unfathomable happened. AJ Pierzynski hit a nubber that ended up on the infield. Rowand tried to score, but he changed his mind and went back to third, and he was ultimately caught in the middle of a run-down. The problem: Konerko had advanced to third. By major league baseball rules, Konerko was immediately out, and Rowand stayed on third. Carl Everett grounded out to end the inning full of missed opportunities for our Pale Hose to do some damage.

The very next inning completed the scorecard. In the top of the frame, the most valuable fielder off the bench, Pablo Ozuna, singled with two outs. After Ozuna stole second, Podsednik hit a flare to left field, which scored Ozuna...the complete essence of Ozzieball. Podsednik was caught stealing to end the Sox half of the inning. The Sox led 2-1 going into the "stretch."

Good things have to come to an end at some time, and the Halos ended any hopes for the Pale Hose to win their first series in Anaheim since the Black Jack McDowell days in 1994. Dallas McPherson's two-run blast to right-center field with two outs turned Contreras from a possible winner to the losing pitcher. Unfortunately, no Rowand "Win or Die Trying" heroics were possible to be seen on that one.

Don't hang your head in shame, Sox fans...our beloved Sox remain the team with the best record in MLB with a 33-15 record. Be sure to tune in to Comcast Sports Net Friday night at 7:05 to see our outstanding young star Brandon McCarthy go for his first win in the big leagues at the Ballpark in Arlington, as he will be faced by Chris Young and his formidable Texas lineup.

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Scott Podsednik stretched a single to a double in the fourth inning, which ultimately became the first run for the Pale Hose tonight.


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