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Short End of a Slugfest

July 8 vs. Boston Red Sox


How was the trophy defended today?
Plenty of longball, but it wasn't enough.

Short Take: The Sox smack three homers but fall short as the bullpen coughs up four runs and Boston wins a 9-6 slugfest.

On a day when Chicago hitters tagged Josh Beckett for three home runs, the Sox should have walked away with a laugher. Instead, Sox pitching proved to be even more porous. This was a drawn-out, slow-moving game between two of baseballís heavyweights. They took turns slugging away at each other for a grand total of 29 hits, but the Sox came up short, losing the second game of this home series to Boston, 9-6.

All-Star Jermaine Dye led the hit parade in the second inning with a solo home run to give the Sox an early lead. But it would not last. Manny Ramirez doubled in the fourth inning off of Freddy Garcia, then Trot Nixon singled on a floater to shallow centerfield that three fielders could have caught. Instead, no one seized the initiative and the ball plopped down between Rob Mackowiak, Tadahito Iguchi and Dye. Freddy pounded his glove in disgust, and let the botched play get under his skin. Three Boston batters later, he had given up two hits and an RBI grounder that made it 3-1 Red Sox.

Dye tied the game in the bottom half of the fourth inning with a two-run homer off Beckett. David Ortiz responded in the fifth with his own two-run blast, to make it 5-3 Boston. The Sox tied it again in their half of the fifth. Scott Podsednik singled, then worked his way home on a steal, a grounder and a wild pitch. All-Star Jim Thome followed with a game-tying solo blast of his own.

Garcia was done after five innings, and the Sox bullpen let four more Boston runs trickle across home plate. David Riske gave up a run in the sixth off a Kevin Youkilis double. Jon Garland was brought in for some work in the seventh, and allowed two run-scoring singles. Matt Thornton gave up one more in the eighth on a Nixon sac fly. Pods singled Joe Crede home in the bottom of the eighth to make it a 9-6 score, but that would prove to be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon closed out this game with a four-out save.

The Sox blew a golden chance at a comeback in the seventh inning by loading the bases with no outs and the 3-4-5 hitters coming up, but the Boston bullpen was mightier this day. The 3-4-5 men went down in order, squandering a golden opportunity to reclaim the lead. Blech.

Freddy gave up five runs on eight hits with four strikeouts in a no-decision. Riske got the loss today. We now turn our eyes to All-Star Jose Contreras (9-0, 3.31) who makes Sundayís start for the Sox against Curt Schilling (10-3, 3.63). Game time is 1:05 pm Central. Letís Go Go Go White Sox!

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Podsednik has a classic 5th inning adventure: a single, a stolen base, took third on a grounder, then scampered home on a wild pitch. It didnít make or break the game, but it was nice to watch the run being manufactured.


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