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No Sweep Dreams in Motown Tonight

Aug. 23rd at Detroit Tigers


How was the trophy defended today?
It’s still ours, and we’re not done fighting to keep it. AL Central, watch out!

Sox bats wake up just in the nick of time as the Sox slap 15 hits--including three home runs (two by Joe “Clutch” Crede)--en route to a much-needed win over the Kittycats. Tomorrow, we go for the series split.

In a game that would end with a final score of Sox 7, Detroit 5, the Good Guys wasted no time. They began their onslaught in the top of the first. With two out, Jim Thome worked a walk from Tigger starter Zach Miner. A single from Paul Konerko sent Thome to third and brought up Jermaine Dye, whose flying under the radar days appear to be ending. JD put one in the left-field seats, the Sox led 3-0, and there was much rejoicing. Unfortunately Freddy Garcia gave the lead right back in the bottom half of the frame; Craig Monroe doubled and Dmitri Young homered, making it 3-2. Then Magglio Ordonez doubled and went to third on a wild pitch by Freddy. He came around to score on a single by that Detroit catcher. After only one inning, the score was tied--and Sox fans everywhere began throwing things at the television again. However, Joe Crede led off the second with the first of his two home runs, and we were able to exhale a bit. Next, Rob Mackowiak walked and after Juan Uribe flied out, Scott Podsednik singled to center, and Jim Leyland had apparently seen enough of his starting pitcher for the night.

The Detroit pitching change brought in Wilfredo Ledezma, who got Alex Cintron to ground into a fielder’s choice. With Rob on third and Alex on first, Jim Thome hit a ball to deep left center for a ground rule double, scoring Rob and moving Alex into third. Unfortunately, that run proved costly, as Thome was forced to leave the game with leg pain. Tadahito Iguchi came in to run for Big Jim. Next, Paulie singled to left, scoring Alex and moving Gooch to third, but JD grounded into a fielder’s choice that ended the inning. Sox 6, Tigers 3.

Freddy Garcia had settled down after his shaky start, and he retired the Kittens in order in the second, third, and fourth innings. Then in the fifth, Neifi Perez singled and stole second, Brandon Inge walked, and it looked like the Tigers had something going. But Freddy got the next three batters, and the score stayed 6-3 Good Guys. However, in the bottom of the sixth, Freddy got into trouble. A single by Ordonez was followed by a single by Carlos Guillen, who went to second on a throwing error by Pods. Then the Detroit catcher flied out, and Matt Thornton came on in relief of Freddy. A double by Sean Casey scored two runs, but Matt was able to get the next two outs, putting out the fire. However, the Tigers had drawn to within one run. Sox 6, Kitties 5.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, the first Sox batter in the seventh was Clutch Crede. The Sox should probably try to find a way for him to lead off innings more often because there went his second homer and it was 7-5 Sox, which is where it ended. Freddy got his 12th win, aided by stellar relief work from Thornton, Mike MacDougal, and Bad Bobby Jenks, who closed things out and earned his 36th save.

Tomorrow, our Sox look to end this series on a high note and then get ready to knock the Twinkies around this weekend. Game time is 12:05 Central on CSN.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update: Teamwork. Detroit tried to come back, but our Sox refused to quit.


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