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Vazquez & Co. Tame the Tigers

August 4 at Detroit Tigers

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?


Today's Sox cut of meat:
Perfectly Grilled Bratwurst
Another quality start and pretty good work out of the bullpen sealed the deal.

Short Take: The offense got off to a quick start in the first, allowing the Sox to never trail in this ballgame.

On a warm August night in Detroit, the Sox looked to win the series tonight, but had a tough pitcher to achieve it against in Jeremy Bonderman. After a solid win last night, the Sox strived to continue their solid play as of late. Great starting pitching by Vazquez and timely hitting prevailed, as did the Sox, by winning tonight's game 7-5.

Bonderman's 10+ ERA in the first inning of games most certainly increased tonight, as the Sox wasted no time in getting to him. After Jerry Owens led off the game with a groundout, Josh Fields singled to left and Bonderman walked Jim Thome. Fields & Thome advanced on a wild pitch, followed by Paul Konerko's fielder's choice. Fields was out at the plate, but the Sox didn't let this prevent them from scoring. A.J. Pierzynski followed with a single to right, plating Thome and advancing Konerko to third. Jermaine Dye then doubled, scoring both Konerko and Pierzynski. This gave the Sox a 3-0 lead and they weren't finished. Scott Podsednik singled to left, scoring Dye and giving the Sox a 4-0 lead, but Podsednik was thrown out at second trying to advance on the play, to end the inning.

Vazquez held the Tigers scoreless until the second. With two out, Ivan Rodriguez tripled to deep right. Mike Hessman walked and Craig Monroe singled to right, plating Rodriguez and advancing Monroe into scoring position. Brandon Inge followed with a single to left, scoring Hessman and all of a sudden, the Sox's lead was cut in half at 4-2.

The top of the third brought more struggles for Bonderman. With one out, Thome clubbed his 490th career homerun, giving the Sox a 5-2 lead. After Konerko went down on strikes, Pierzynski followed with a solo shot of his own, giving the Sox their four-run lead back, 6-2. Tonight's homerun for A.J. was his first since mid-May!

In the bottom of the third, Placido Polanco led off the inning with a solo homerun, but Vazquez then retired the side in order, keeping the score 6-3 Sox.

The score remained 6-3 until the top of the 8th. With Jason Grilli relieving Jeremy Bonderman, Thome hit a one-out single, and Konerko followed that up with one of his own, advancing Thome to third. Pierzynski went down swinging, but Grilli's wild pitch brought Thome in from third and gave the Sox a 7-3 lead. Jermaine Dye then struck out swinging to end the inning.

Ozzie Guillen decided to go with Mike MacDougal to begin the bottom of the 8th. He promptly gave up a lead off single to Polanco, and Sean Casey followed that up with a double to deep center, plating the speedy Polanco. Magglio Ordonez grounded out to second, but he advanced Casey to third in the process. Guillen had seen enough and replaced MacDougal with Matt Thornton. He faced his one batter, Carlos Guillen, whose sacrifice fly scored Casey, making it a 7-5 ballgame, which is how it would eventually end.

The Sox have won this series and will be in search of their first series sweep since mid-May tomorrow afternoon at Comerica Park. The southsiders will send Gavin Floyd (0-1) to the mound, in place of the struggling Jose Contreras, against Detroit's Jordan Tata (1-0). The first pitch is scheduled for 12:05p CDT and the game will be televised on CSN.

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A little bit of Grinder Ball and a little big of long ball make for the perfect winning combination!


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