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DYE-namite!

June 9th v. Cleveland


How was the trophy defended today?
Clutch hitting and the return of defense.

Short Take:Sox rally in 8th to beat Tribe.

Jermaine Dye provided the offense, Brian Anderson the defense as the Sox came from behind to defeat Cleveland 5-4 tonight at U.S. Cellular Field.

Javier Vazquez pitched well and left the game in the 6th with a tenuous 2-1 lead, but earned a no decision for his efforts when Neal Cotts relieved him and gave up a 3-run homer to Travis Hafner. Hafner's home run gave the Indians a 4-2 lead at the time, and Vazquez's counterpart, Cliff Lee, had settled in and was having his way with the Sox lineup.

Cleveland got on the board in the first inning off Vazquez. Grady Sizemore was hit by a pitch to lead off the game, and he would come around to score following consecutive two-out singles by Victor Martinez and Ben Broussard to put the Indians up 1-0. In the Sox half of the first, Scott Podsednik and Pablo Ozuna both singled. They advanced to second and third on a sacrifice fly by Jim Thome, and both scored on a single by Paul Konerko that was misplayed by Indians SS Jhonny Peralta.

The score remained 2-1 Sox going into the 6th inning. After retiring the first two batters of the inning, Vazquez allowed a single to Sizemore followed by a fielder's choice to Jason Michaels. Michaels hit a grounder to Juan Uribe at short, and Sizemore beat Uribe's toss to second and everyone was safe. Cotts came in to face Hafner, and Hafner delivered a 3-run blast off Cotts to give the Indians a 4-2 lead. Three of the runs were charged to Vazquez, who also had 9 K's on the evening.

In the meantime, Lee had become almost untouchable on the mound for the Indians. Starting with the third out in the first inning, Lee retired 15 of 16 Sox batters. With two outs in the bottom of the 6th, however, Dye launched a solo home run to get the Sox back to within a run at 4-3. Cleveland threatened again in their half of the 8th. Brandon McCarthy started the inning off by allowing two singles. After striking out Michaels for the first out of the inning, Matt Thornton came on in relief to face Hafner. Hafner hit a ball deep to the warning track in left centerfield which appeared to be ticketed for extra bases. Anderson made a spectacular play on the ball, saving extra bases and most certainly two runs. Those runs saved would be critical, as they kept the Sox within 1 run going into the bottom of the 8th.

The Sox still had some work to do in this one. Lee retired the first two batters in the 8th, and things were starting to look bleak. But Thome was able to draw a walk on a 3-2 count, extending the inning and sending Lee to the showers. Lee's replacement, Rafael Betancourt, gave up a double to Paul Konerko, and the Sox were still in business. That set the stage for Dye to be the hero, and he did not disappoint. After getting behind Betancourt on a 1-2 count, he lined a single straight up the middle to bring home Thome and Konerko with the tying and leading runs. Bobby Jenks held the Tribe in the 9th, and the Sox ended up with a nice 5-4 comeback win.

The Sox and Indians play an afternoon matinee tomorrow, with Mark Buehrle (6-4, 3.31) facing off against nemesis C.C. Sabathia (5-2, 2.75). Gametime is 12:20 pm CDT and will be televised on Fox.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Time to get back to the basics: pitching and defense. Anderson saved the game with his glove.


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