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Clutch Hitting Comes Through Late

September 8 vs. Minnesota Twins

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?


Today's Sox cut of meat:
Steak Burrito
It showed signs of revival at certain points in the game.

Short Take:   The Sox's second come-from-behind victory in as many days guarantees a series win against the hated Twins.

After last night's come-from-behind, extra-inning win, the Sox looked to continue their winning ways and offensive displays this afternoon. Today marked their second come-from-behind victory in as many days, and sent the 31,000+ home happy with an 8-7 win!

The Sox wasted no time taking the lead and basically picked up where they left off around 11:30 last night. With two out, Jim Thome launched #497 of his career 432' to center field, putting the Sox on top 1-0. They weren't done because Paul Konerko follwed, and drove the first pitch he saw from Matt Garza deep to left, going back-to-back with Thome. The Sox were up 2-0 and it looked as though another offensive onslaught might be on the horizon for the Sox.

Jose Contreras started the game and was in search of his third victory in a row. Initially, things looked good for him, but the top of the second saw a solo homerun from Brian Buscher, cutting our lead in half.

Unfortunately for the Sox and their fans, the lead was short-lived, thanks to a four-run third for the Twins. Justin Morneau reached base on an Alex Cintron error at third, and Michael Cuddyer follwed with a double. After a Jason Kubel sacrifice fly to center, Brian Buscher and Jose Morales reached base with a single and double, respectively. Morales' double plated Buscher and the Twins went ahead 3-2. After Nick Punto grounded to Konerko, Jason Tyner's double plated two more, and the Twins added to their lead, which was now 5-2.

It didn't stay 5-2 for long, though, because the Sox came out swinging in their half of the fourth. Juan Uribe led off with a single and Danny Richar doubled, moving Uribe to third. Toby Hall followed with a single of his own, plating Uribe and making it a 5-3 ballgame. Jerry Ownes then reached on an error by Luis Rodriguez, and when Garza intentionally walked Thome, that paved the way for Konerko to do some damage, and he did. His single plated both Hall & Owens, and tied the game at 5.

The tie was short-lived because in the top of the fifth, Jason Kubel led off with a double and with one out, Jose Morales brought him home with a single, giving Minnesota their first lead of the afternoon, 6-5. And things got worse in the sixth when Torii Hunter led off with a solo shot, putting the Twins up 7-5.

After the 7th Inning Stretch, the Sox got their second wind and put up a crooked number of their own. With one out, Uribe doubled for the second time this afternoon. After Richar popped out to second, Ozzie pinch-hit A.J. Pierzynski for Hall. Gardenhire countered by going to the 'pen for Carmen Cali. A.J. drove the first pitch he saw from Cali to deep right, tying the game again! Jerry Owens walked and Scott Podsednik singled, moving Owens into scoring position. Jim Thome delivered with a clutch hit to right, plating the go-ahead run in Owens. The Sox had an 8-7 lead and that's how it would end. Matt Thornton pitched a solid 1 1/3 innings of relief and earned his second save of the season.

After taking the first two games and winning this weekend's series, the Sox look to sweep the Twins tomorrow afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox will send Jon Garland (9-10) to the mound against Minnesota's Johan Santana (14-11). The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05p CDT and the game will be televised on WGN.

WSI's
Back to the Grind Update:
 Thanks to some key hits, Grinder Ball showed signs of being revived this afternoon!


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