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Not enough magic

August 9 vs. New York Yankees


How was the trophy defended today?
Sox bats shut down by Johnson and a huge rally kill in the 7th doesn't bode well for fellowship of the trophy.

Short Take:  Sox no hit through six, Garland gives Sox too big of a hole to dig out of.

That championship magic seemed to be back after last night's amazing comeback win. Tonight it looked like it was going to happen again in the late innings. The Sox were basically shut down by Randy Johnson and the improved Yankee lineup through six innings and the comeback was too little to late in tonight's 7-6 loss.

It didn't start out well for our boys tonight, Johnny Damon led off the game and on the second pitch Damon lined a triple to start the game. He scored and made it 1-0 on a Bobby Abreu RBI single.

With a early lead, Randy Johnson came out and in his past two starts, Johnson was unable to strike any batter out. Enter Pablo Ozuna to lead of the game for the Sox, he promtly gave Johnson his first strike out in over a week.

Jon Garland was pitching a solid game until he ran into trouble and a new tight strike zone in the Yankees half of the fifth. Garland couldn't buy a strike even with Steinbrenner's money. Before the dust settled the Yankees threw up three runs highlighted by a Abreu two-run home run and a Melky Cabrera solo shot to put the Yankees up 4-0. Robinson Cano homered in the sixth inning to make it a 5-0 NY lead. The Yankees added two more in the seventh making it a 7-0 hole.

The Sox were finally able to get a hit and a rally going in their half of the seventh. Tadahito Iguchi led off with a single off Johnson which was followed by a Jim Thome walk. Paul Konerko hit a RBI double to left field scoring Iguchi making it a 7-1 score. Next batter Jermaine Dye lauched a long fly ball that could've been a three run home run, instead the ball hit off the top of the right field fence scoring Thome and putting runners on second and third with no outs. That was enough for Randy Johnson, enter Ron Valone with two on and no outs. Valone walked Crede to load the bases but then got A.J. Pierzynski, Alex Cintron, and Brian Anderson all out to end the threat and keep the Sox down 7-2.

After Ron Valone's take down performance out of the 'pen, Kyle Farnsworth came in the eighth inning and after striking out pinch-hitter Scott Podsednik, Tadahito Iguchi smacked a solo home run to the left center bleachers making it a 7-3 deficet. After Thome stuck out, Konerko walked and Jermaine Dye after hitting a ball almost out the last inning, hit a ball just past the mound just enough for no play to be made setting up a two on at bat for Joe Crede. Crede made Farnsworth look like an ass on the second pitch hitting a long three run bomb to center field putting the Sox down only one run.

Unfortunatly, Mariano Rivera wouldn't blow the save, he tried though... Brian Anderson was hit by a pitch with one out and Tadahito Iguchi singled putting two on with two outs, but Jim Thome hit a weak ground ball to second base to end the game. Making it worse, the Twins took out the Tigers tonight putting the Sox in third place in the central and now looking up in the wild card standings. Tomorrow, the rubber match of the series, will feature Javier Vazquez (10-6 5.18ERA) and Mike Mussina (13-4 3.46ERA) with a 7:05pm start time. The game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet and ESPN nationally for you out of town Sox fans!

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
 Not scoring anymore with no outs in the seventh was the killer.


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