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Nightmare on 35th St.

August 9 vs. Boston Red Sox

"These ain't your daddy's White Sox... We're going to keep going after a championship as aggressively as we can."

KW's Hole Cards:
An Ace and a Joker
Because of the injury to Contreras, D.J. Carrasco was called upon very early and looked fantastic. Too bad his offense didn't help him out!

Short Take:   Contreras goes down with a season-ending injury, which basically took the life out of the team tonight.

Last night, the White Sox played one of their better well-rounded games of the season, handling the Red Sox with a two-run victory. They looked to feed off of that solid ballgame tonight, but unfortunately, the team took a big loss and not just on the scoreboard- they not only lost tonight's game 6-2, but also lost Jose Contreras for the year.

Things actually started out great for the White Sox, as Jose Contreras looked sharp pitching for the first time in almost a month after being activated from the disabled list earlier today. His fork ball was working and he was making Red Sox hitters look foolish at the plate. Then came the top of the second. Jacoby Elsbury hit the ball weakly on the infield and as Contreras ran to cover first, he tumbled down near the coach's box. Sox fans held their collective breaths, hoping Contreras was just shaken up. As he lay on the grass writhing in pain, Sox fans just knew this couldn't be good. A couple innings later, the diagnosis of his injury became public- a ruptured achilles tendon, effectively ending his season.

Just what the Sox didn't need- another long night for the bullpen. D.J. Carrasco was called upon to relieve the injured Contreras and pitched an excellent 4 1/3 innings, allowing only one Red Sox run to cross the plate. Carrasco was given a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth, thanks to some small ball. Nick Swisher led off the inning with a walk and Juan Uribe put down an excellent bunt single along the third baseline, moving Swisher to second. Dewayne Wise hit into a fielder's choice at short, getting Uribe, but Swisher went to third and came in on Orlando Cabrera's single to right, giving the Sox a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately for them, that lead didn't even last for half an inning.

In the top of the sixth, the slumping David Ortiz led off with a single and after Kevin Youkilis went down swinging, Mike Lowell singled to center, moving Ortiz to third. Jason Bay's fielder's choice to third brought David Ortiz in with the tying run.

Boone Logan started the seventh and managed to not record an out, effectively spelling the end of this ballgame. Jacoby Elsbury and Jason Varitek led off with back-to-back singles and J.D. Drew walked, loading the bases with nobody out. Dustin Pedroia singled to left, scoring Elsbury and putting Boston up 2-1. Logan then surrendered a bases-clearing double to David Ortiz and before Sox fans knew it, their team was down 5-1. Ozzie had seen enough and went to get Logan in favor of Adam Russell, who gave up an infield single to Kevin Youkilis, but then retired the side.

In the eighth, Russell gave up a solo shot to Jacoby Elsbury for the 6-1 Red Sox lead. In the bottom of the ninth, Jim Thome hit a two-out solo homerun, but it was too little too late, as one run just wasn't enough. Sox of Red 6, Sox of White 2.

With any luck, tomorrow afternoon will bring good things to the south side for the White Sox, who will look to regain first place in the A.L. Central with a victory tomorrow afternoon in the third game of this weekend wrap-around series. Gavin Floyd (11-6) will go head-to-head against Boston's Clay Buchholz (2-7). The first pitch is set for 1:05p CDT and the game will be broadcast on CSN.

WSI's
Quest For the Final Table Update:
 Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye to first place.


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