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Jose Left Hanging

July 14 at New York Yankees

How was the trophy defended today?
The Sox battled to the final strike, and almost pulled it out in the 9th.

Short Take: Jose Contreras's consecutive wins streak comes to an end as the Sox suffer a tough loss in the Bronx.

What a way to go! Jose Contreras watches his consecutive wins streak come to an end while sitting on the bench. Having held the New York Yankees to a draw into the eighth inning, Contreras could only watch as the big studs of the Sox bullpen let his leadoff baserunner come around to score. The Sox bats battled back to try and save the game for Jose, but came up one run short in a 6-5 loss to the Yanks.

The Sox kicked off the second half of the 2006 season in the Bronx with a marquee pitching matchup of Contreras against Randy Johnson. Both pitchers would put in solid performances, and this game wouldn't be settled until the final at-bats for both sides.

It was the Sox who got on the board first. Jermaine Dye singled, and Joe Crede launched a two-run homer into the left field seats for a 2-0 lead. The Yankees tied the game in the fourth inning with Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams each driving in a run. Royals castoff Aaron Guiel hit a solo HR in the sixth to give New York its first lead, but the Sox responded in the top of the seventh.

Paul Konerko led off the inning with a single, then showed some speed (haha!) by dashing to second on a bounced pitch that Posada couldn't get a handle on. Konerko ended up scoring on a sac fly by Juan Uribe.

The score would remain 3-3 going into the bottom of the eighth. Contreras gave up a leadoff single to Alex Rodriguez and Ozzie brought Matt Thornton in. Thornton proved ineffective this night, giving up a single to Posada, then walking Williams to load the bases. In came Brandon McCarthy to try and replicate El Duque's famous "bases loaded, no outs" heroics of last autumn. McCarthy did his part, striking out pinch hitter Andy Phillips. Ozzie would go straight to Neil Cotts next, playing the matchups game. Ka-blooey! Melky Cabrera singled to score ARod, Miguel Cairo drove in a run with a sac fly, and Johnny Damon doubled to score Williams. Suddenly it was 6-3. A slow bullpen leak had left Contreras on the hook for a loss.

The Sox came out roaring in the ninth. Three singles in a row from Jim Thome, Konerko and Dye loaded the bases against Mariano Rivera. Pinch hitting Scott Podsednik and Uribe each drove in a run, but Rivera shut the door and the Yankees squeaked out a one-run victory.

Contreras pitched into the eighth, and was dinged for four runs off seven hits and three walks, striking out three. He suffers his first loss since last August, having won 17 decisions in a row until last night. The Sox look to rebound this afternoon, sending stud ace Mark Buehrle (9-6, 4.02) to the mound against RHP Mike Mussina (10-3, 3.24). Game time is 12:20pm Central.

Ozzieball Update:
With the game tied in the fifth, the Yanks have a man on third with two out. Ozzie intentionally walks Giambi to get to ARod. It's a ballsy move and once again ARod is unable to rise to the occasion, unless you count "taking a high pitch off your ridiculously oversized elbow pad" as rising to the occasion.

submitted by Baby Fisk.

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