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Worth the Wait

September 13, at Kansas City


Sox Magic Number:
13
"Cleveland loses on Sox off-day, so the Magic Number drops 2."

Short Take:  Sox and Royals sit out two rain delays for a combined two hours, but still squeeze this one in as Jose Contreras wins again in 6-4 victory in Kansas City.

It rained and it rained in Kansas City.  But unlike in late August, when a cancellation cost the Sox a victory and a day off for a trip to Boston, this time the Sox were able to get in their contest, even if it did stretch to the wee hours of the morning.

Jose Contreras continued his winning ways and the bats were hot on a cool September night in Kansas City, as the Sox pummelled Kansas City pitching for 14 hits and 6 runs en route to a series opening win over the Royals.  It looked like it was going to be another long, miserable night for the Sox, who entered play on a 4-game skid.  After waiting nearly 2 hours, Scott Podsednik opened the night with a triple off Royals starter Mike Wood, but Tadahito Iguchi, Paul Konerko, and Carl Everrett could not bring the speedy lead-off man home.  Surely Sox fans everywhere groaned with collective tension, especially when the Royals "manufactured" the first run of the game in third.  Angelo Berroa lead off the inning by striking out, but reached on a wild pitch by Contreras.  He moved to second on a single by John Buck and scored when Joe Crede made a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by Andres Blanco.  Buck was tossed out at the dish, but it was looking like another ho-hum, no offense, no defense loss for the Sox.

But luckily, the opponent was the Kansas City Royals, whose team motto for the '05 campaign seems to be, "If you can't lose to 'em, throw the game anyway."  The Sox were especially impressive with two outs in the game.  In the fourth, after Konerko and Everett both quietly went down, a pair of doubles by Jermaine Dye and Juan Uribe plus a single by A.J. Pierzynski and an error by Emil Brown opened the way for 3 2-out runs and a 3-1 lead for Contreras.  Have we mentioned that Jose was on his game again?  Take away a very hard luck 6th and you have another solid outing for Jose.  He won his 12th decision of the year and though his line was not stellar; only 5.2 IP, 5 hits, 3 walks and 4 runs, he did strike out 6 and keep the Sox in the game.  To be honest, take away a broken bat single and liner that was fair by just a few feet and you have yourself 2 or 3 less runs for the Royals tonight.

But it was no matter, the Sox offense refused to lose tonight, propelled by Aaron Rowand, who had a monster game, 4-4 with 3 doubles and a walk, and Podsednik, who tripled as we said and had a key RBI in the 8th.  Not to mention the fact that Kansas City committed a pair of crucial errors in the game (not including a routine pop-up that fell between Terrence Long and Chip Ambres that allowed a run to score), and you have yourself a recipe for success.  Though the Royals made a game of it in the 6th with three runs, the relief pitching of Cliff Politte and Bobby Jenks proved to be too much.  Jenks was especially impressive.  In the 8th, with Mike Sweeney leading off, Jenks induced a soft grounder to the pitcher that should have been out number one, but instead turned into a double when Jenks' throw from the third base line ended up in right field.  Instead of panicking and allowing the Royals to close the gap, Bobby hunkered down and retired Matt Stairs, Emil Brown, and Mark Teahan in order.  Not exactly the 1927 Yankees' Murder's Row, but the heart of the order nonetheless.  In the 9th, after falling behind lead-off hitter Angel Berroa 3-0, Jenks battled back to 3-2 and even though he did walk Berroa, he finished the inning without much excitement.

The Sox maintain their complete dominance of the Royals, winning for the 13th time in 16 meetins between the two teams.  Freddy Garcia takes the mound for the Pale Hose tomorrow (well, I guess tonight) when the two square off for the 17th time in the 2005 season.  Young J.P. Howell gets the nod for Kansas City.  Game time is 7:10 PM Central time and it will be aired on Comcast Sports Plus.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update: 
Lots of effective 2-out hitting tonight for the Sox.  Though discouraging to see a lead-off triple stranded at third, definitely a lot of positives to take from this game.


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