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An Inauspicious Start

October 11 v. Angels


Sox Magic Number:
8
"Get back at 'em tomorrow."

Short Take:Contreras tough, but Angels tougher as Sox lose ALCS opener 3-2.

The White Sox were well-rested, coming off three days rest. The Angels were playing their third game in three cities in three days. If fatigue was a factor, it didn't show as the Angels beat our Sox 3-2 tonight to take the ALCS opener.

Jose Contreras gave a valiant effort, allowing just 3 runs in 8.1 innings of work. His opponent on the mound, Paul Byrd, was equally impressive for the Angels. Byrd held the Sox to just two runs in 6 innings of work to earn the victory.

The Angels struck first, getting a solo home run by Garrett Anderson to lead off the second inning. They added two runs in the third inning thanks to three singles and a sacrifice bunt. Steve Finley and Adam Kennedy led off the third with back-to-back singles. Third baseman Chone Figgins then laid down a sacrifice to third, moving the runners up 90 feet. An infield single by Orlando Cabrera drove in Finley to put the Angels up 2-0. With one out, Contreras got Vladimir Guerrero to hit a ground ball back to him on the mound. Instead of throwing home to get the runner who was trying to score, Contreras threw to second to try for an inning-ending double play. He got the force at second, but the throw to first by Tadahito Iguchi was late and off the mark, way over the head of Paul Konerko at first. Kennedy scored on the play to put the Angels up 3-0.

The Sox started to claw back in the bottom of the third. Joe Crede took Byrd deep to left center for a solo home run, cutting the defecit to 3-1. The Sox would then get two-out singles from Scott Podsednik and Iguchi, but failed to score any more runs as Jermaine Dye would foul out to end the inning. The Sox scored another run in the 4th on a two-out RBI single by A.J. Pierzynski to get to within a run of the Angels. With one out, Carl Everett singled and moved to second on a groundout by Aaron Rowand. Pierzynski then singled him home to make the score 3-2.

As it turned out, that would be all of the scoring tonight. Contreras settled in and shut down the Angels hitters, at one point retiring 11 batters in a row. He gave up just 7 hits in 8.1 innings, striking out 4 with 0 walks on the evening. After hitting Rowand with the first pitch of the 7th inning, Byrd was relieved by Scot Shields. Shields pitched two scoreless innings to preserve the lead for LA. In that 7th inning, Pierzynski reached first on a fielder's choice. With one out, he inexplicably tried to steal second and was thrown out by Angels catcher Bengie Molina. Molina had previously thrown out Scott Podsednik trying to steal second base in the 5th inning. The Sox also got two singles off Shields in the 8th inning, but were unable to push across the tying run.

Neal Cotts recorded the final two outs of the 9th inning in relief of Contreras to keep the Sox close. With Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez in to pitch the 9th, Everett reached base to lead off the inning on an error by Figgins. Pablo Ozuna came in to pinch run for Everett. Rowand tried to sacrifice him over to second, but instead bunted directly to a charging Figgins, who was able to get the force on Ozuna at second. Pierzynski lined out to rightfield, and Crede struck out to end the game and give the Angels a 1-0 series lead.

The Sox will need to put this one behind them and rebound in a hurry. Game 2 will be played tomorrow night at US Cellular Field, and the Sox will send Mark Buehrle to the hill to try and even up the series. Jarrod Washburn is the probable starter for the Angels, assuming he is healthy enough to go coming off a bout with strep throat. Gametime is 7:00 pm CDT and can be seen on FOX and/or FOX F/X.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Sox inability to execute sacrifice bunts on several occasions, as well as going 0-for-2 in stolen base attempts, ends up costing them the game.


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