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Pathetic

September 22, vs. Minnesota


Sox Magic Number:
9
"Jndjans take care of business against Kansas City, scoring 6 runs in final 3 innings in 11-6 win."

Short Take:  Brandon McCarthy goes toe-to-toe with Johan Santana, but Sox strand runners in scoring position in 8th, 9th, and 10th en route to embarrassing 4-1, 11-inning loss and 1 1/2 game lead in division.

In the two games since Joe Crede's dramatic 10th inning home run lifted the Sox past the Indians, the White Sox have managed 12 hits and 1 run in 20 innings of baseball, and to make matters worse, the White Sox had runners in scoring position in the 8th, 9th, and 10th innings of a 1-1 ball game and couldn't get home a run.  Minnesota finally broke the stalemate of Bobby Jenks in the 11th and Joe Nathan retired the Sox nearly effortlessly in the 11th as the Sox dropped their second straight game and fell to within 1 1/2 games of losing their division lead to the Indians.

What can you say?  Brandon McCarthy shined again, probably assuring him a spot in the rotation the rest of the year, play-offs, and 2006 season.  In 8 innings of work, he allowed 4 hits, a walk, and one run while striking out 4.  That lone rune came in the 7th inning when Jacque Jones homered to right field to tie the score at 1, as Joe Crede had taken Johan Santana deep the inning earlier to give the Sox their first and only lead of the game.  Santana dominated the Sox again, putting up a nearly identical line as McCarthy's, 8 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 R, a homer, and 3 Ks.

After McCarthy retired the side in the 8th, the Sox had one more chance to give their star rookie a win over the defending Cy Young Award winner, as Chris Widger and Joe Crede came through with back-to-back singles against Santana with two outs in the 8th, but Pablo Ozuna, who lead off tonight was unable to get the run in, popping out to short.  After Cliff Politte and Neal Cotts pitched through some turbulence in the 9th, Juan Rincon came in to spell Santana, and the Sox immediately got to him, eventually loading the bases with 1 out.  However, both Jermaine Dye and Juan Uribe were able to get the run home and the game went into extras.  After Cotts kept a lid on Minnesota's offense in the 10th, the Sox again had a golden chance to put away the win.  Scott Podsednik pinch hit for Widger and reached on an error by Twinkie shortstop Josh Barlett and moved into scoring position when Joe Crede, the Sox's hottest hitter, laid down a bunt.  A.J. Pierzynski then hit for Pablo Ozuna and was intentionally walked, setting up Tadahito Iguchi to bounce into double play and end the inning.

The Sox bullpen again blinked first, as Bobby Jenks, off a less then stellar series with Cleveland, faced the Twinkies in the 11th and immediately gave up a double to Lew Ford.  After getting the first out of the inning, he intentionally walked Joe Mauer, before giving up a single and double to Matt LeCroy and Jacque Jones to score 3 runs and put the Twins up 4-1.  Joe Nathan slammed the door in the bottom of the 11th, as the Sox dropped another win against a divisional opponent and watch their division lead trimmed to just a game and a half.

Jose Contreras, the Sox's best pitcher right now tries to right the ship tomorrow at U.S. Cellular Field, against Kyle Lohse, who is still reportedly in pain after throwing a temper tantrum in Ron Gardenhire's offense when the skipper remarked that his name is not spelled phonetically correct and he wears his hat like a moron.  Game time is 7:05 CDT and will be aired on Comcast Sports Net.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update: 
3 straight innings the Sox had the winning run a base hit away and each inning, the Sox found ways to squander their chances.


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