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Hey, Nineteen

July 9 v. Boston


How was the trophy defended today?
Bullpen allowed just two runs in 13 innings of work.

Short Take:Sox come from behind twice, win 19 inning thriller to avert sweep.

The White Sox and the Red Sox took the field at 1:05 pm this afternoon at US Cellular Field in the first-half finale heading into the All-Star Break. 6 hours, 19 minutes and 19 innings later, it was the White Sox who came out on top with a 6-5 decision.

Jose Contreras started the game for the Sox, and though he labored for most of the afternoon he was still able to turn in a quality start. Contreras gave up 3 runs in 6 innings of work, tossing 114 pitches and walking 5 batters in the process. Contreras would not figure in the decision. Neither would his counterpart on the mound today, Curt Schilling. Schilling also pitched 6 innings, allowing just two runs on five hits in the no-decision.

The Red Sox got on the board in the first inning. After a walk to Kevin Youkilis to start the game, a wild pitch sent him to second base. Youkilis would score on a single by David Ortiz, and it was 1-0 Red Sox. Mike Lowell homered off Contreras with two outs in the 4th inning to put Boston up by a 2-0 score. Still in the 4th, the Red Sox would load the bases with two walks and a single. Coco Crisp then scored following a HBP to Mark Loretta to give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead. The Sox would finally get to Schilling in the 4th, when Tadahito Iguchi homered to lead off the inning. The Sox added another run in the 6th, when Brian Anderson doubled and scored on a single by Jim Thome.

The score remained 3-2 Boston going into the bottom of the 9th inning. With two outs in the 9th, Jermaine Dye homered off Red Sox phenom reliever Jonathan Papelbon to tie the game at 3 and send it into extra innings. The Red Sox scored two runs in the 11th inning off Sox stopper Bobby Jenks, who was in his third inning of work. Javier Vazquez came in and stopped the bleeding, striking out Manny Ramirez to end the inning. The Sox countered with two runs in their half of the 11th to keep the marathon going. Thome led off the inning with a double, moving to third base on a single by Paul Konerko. Thome scored on a double by Dye, with pinch-runner Ross Gload moving to third base on the play representing the tying run. After an intentional walk to AJ Pierzynski, Joe Crede flew out to centerfield for the second out of the inning. Inexplicably, Gload was off the base at third and was unable to score on what should have been a game-tying sacrifice fly by Crede. Thankfully, Gload would score the tying run on a fielder's choice off the bat of Alex Cintron. Cintron beat the throw to first base to avoid a double play and keep the inning alive, scoring Gload and tying the game at 5.

The game remained knotted at 5 for 7 more innings, highlighted by solid bullpen work for both clubs. Matt Thornton contributed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, followed by Brandon McCarthy who tossed 4.1 innings of scoreless ball. The Sox missed a golden opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the 17th. With two men on and noboby out, Iguchi bunted a liner right back to the pitcher, failing to advance the runners. The next batter, Pablo Ozuna, grounded into a 5-3 double play to end the inning and the threat for the Sox. Iguchi would redeem himself in the bottom of the 19th, delivering a game-winning bases-loaded single to score Cintron with the winning run. Cliff Politte pitched a scoreless 18th inning to earn the victory, his second of the season.

The White Sox now head into the break two games behind the Tigers for first place in the AL Central. The Sox send 7 representatives to Pittsburgh to participate in the All-Star game under the direction of manager Ozzie Guillen. The Sox will resume play on Friday, July 14 when they head to New York for a three-game series with the Yankees.

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Ozzieball Update:
All's well that ends well; Sox head into All-Star break on high note.


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