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Offense rallies, Bullpen blows

September 19, vs. Cleveland


Sox Magic Number:
11

Short Take: Indians jump to 4-0 lead on Freddy Garcia, Sox offense rallies for 5-4 lead, Cleveland scores final 3 runs of game in 8th and 9th innings to take series opener, 7-5.

The surging Cleveland Indians rolled into town Monday night, announcing their arrival in a big way. Facing Freddy Garcia, the Tribe scored a solo run in each the first, second, third, and fifth innings. With the game half over, Cleveland lead the Sox 4-0 while Kevin Millwood was busy keeping the offense in check, holding them to three measley hits and a walk through the first four.

But the White Sox are still the best team in the American League, despite what the ESPN experts say (I guess it can be rather difficult to read the daily standings), and when the Indians finally misplayed a ball, the Sox were their to pounce. Leading off the fifth, Aaron Rowand drilled a line drive at right field Casey Blake, who, playing like the World Champion Cleveland Indian he is, let the ball bounce off his glove, allowing Rowand 2nd. The Sox wasted no time. Joe Crede singled to center to score Aaron. Scott Podsednik singled to put runners at the corners. Tadahito Iguchi then came through with a single, scoring Crede and moved into second on the throw home. After Carl Everett popped out, Paul Konerko played the role of temporary hero, driving a Millwood offering to deep center field. Grady Sizemore took the obvious route to the knuckling line drive, that of awkwardly turning to and fro and just about every which way until he just stuck his mitt as high in the air as he could, only to have the double bounce off and roll to the wall, allowing the tying run to score.

Thus, it was a battle of the bullpens. After retiring the first out of the 7th, Garcia departed for Neal Cotts and the lefty sent the Sox to the 7th still tied. Rafael Betancourt relieved Millwood, and after getting Podsednik and Iguchi out with ease, he faced Carl Everett, who drilled a solo home run to right field, sending the packed house into mild pandemonium and giving the Sox a 5-4 lead.

It just wasn't to be, as the Indians bullpen hung tough the rest of the night while the Sox's wilted. With one out in the 8th, Damaso Marte walked Travis Hafner and then allowed a double to Victor Martinez. However, he reared back and blew a high fastball past Ben Broussard to put the Indians 1 out away from wasting a rally, but Ozzie Guillen would bring on Bobby Jenks to face Aaron Boone, of 2003 ALCS Game 7 fame (also of batting .200 or so for most of the 2005 season fame), who singled up the middle on a 2-2 fastball just past the diving Juan Uribe to score the pair and put Cleveland back on top 6-5.

It wasn't as if the Sox didn't have chances. Pinch hitting for A.J. Pierzynski in the bottom of the 8th, Pablo Ozuna doubled, but former Sox gascan Bobby Howry retired Jermaine Dye, Aaron Rowand, and Juan Uribe to strand the runner. The Indians padded their lead in the 9th when, with two outs, Jhonny Peralta walked and Travis Hafner hit a double off Dustin Hermanson. Again, in the 9th, against Bob Wickman, the Sox had their chance, as Scott Podsednik singled with an out and took second. Willie Harris ran for Carl Everett after a 2-out walk and again, Paul Konerko was to be the hero. Instead, he popped out weakly to second base to end the threat and the game.

The Sox and Tribe do it again in what is looking like a must-win for the Pale Hose. Mark Buehrle takes the bump for the Sox against Jake Westbrook. Game time is 7:05 PM Central time and the game will be aired on Comcast Sports Net.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Can't blame anyone but the bullpen tonight. Garcia wasn't impressive, but he kept the surging Indian offense at bay and the Sox O found a way to win tonight, had the pitching just been there.


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