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Birds Fly Away With Victory

July 19 vs. Baltimore Orioles


KW's Daily Special:
Wild Rice
Two wild pitches in an afternoon yields wild rice on the menu.

Short Take:   Jose Contreras roughed up, shaky in his first outing since July 8.

On a cloudy, unseasonably cool mid-July afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, the Sox looked to sweep the Orioles after surviving a ninth-inning scare yesterday. With Jose Contreras on the mound, things looked good for the Sox... until the game started. Jose just didn't have it this afternoon and was roughed up pretty good, throwing two wild pitches and walking four in just 4 1/3 innings pitched. It was that kind of day for the Sox, dropping this one big time, 10-2.

Things started off rocky for the south siders, committing an error in the first inning. That, combined with a wild pitch, allowed a run to score before all of the fans were even settled in the ballpark. Brian Roberts led off the game by hitting a single to right, stole second, and went to third on Ramon Castro's error. He came home when Contreras threw a wild pitch during Aubrey Huff's at-bat. Just like that, it was 1-0 Orioles and while it was a slim lead, it was one they'd never relinquish. However, the Sox tied things up in the home half of the third on DeWayne Wise's first homerun of the season.

The wheels really came off the wagon in the top of the fifth and Jose Contreras wouldn't make it out of the inning. With one out, Adam Jones singled to left and Nick Markakis followed with a walk. Aubrey Huff singled to center, loading the bases for Melvin Mora, who was hit by a pitch. It was a 2-1 game in favor of Baltimore at this point, and things only got worse. Aaron Poreda came on in relief of Contreras and allowed those inherited runners to score. He walked both Luke Scott and Nolan Reimold, scoring Markakis and Huff, respectively, making it a 4-1 game. D.J. Carrasco relieved Poreda and gave up a base hit to Gregg Zaun, scoring Mora. Caesar Izturis bounced into a rare 4-3-6 double play and Luke Scott scored the sixth run of the ballgame. D.J. Carrasco did a marvelous job of caging the Orioles, pitching 3 2/3 innings and only giving up two hits, while striking out three, saving the bullpen yet again.

The score remained 6-1 until the bottom of the eighth when the Sox added a run. Chris Getz- who obviously didn't let having a good time at last night's Rascal Flatts concert bother his game- put one it the seats, making it a 6-2 contest. Unfortunately, that was all the Sox had in the tank; too bad Baltimore had quite a few more runs left in them yet!

With Tony Pena having relieved Carrasco, things got out of hand in the top of the ninth. Pena got Nick Markakis to fly out to Scott Podsednik, but then Aubrey Huff hit a ground rule double to right. Melvin Mora followed with a single to cetner, moving Huff to third. Luke Scott followed with a double to deep right, scoring Huff and making it a 7-2 game. After Pena got Nolan Reimold looking, Gregg Zaun launched a three-run bomb into the right field seats, putting the icing on the cake for the Sox; this one was over.

The bright side of today's debacle is that the Sox won the series, taking two of three from the Orioles. Now, the schedule gets tough for the south siders, starting tomorrow night with a four-game series againt the tough Tampa Bay Rays. The White Sox will look to Gavin Floyd (7-6, 4.44) to get them back on the winning track, and he'll oppose Tampa Bay's David Price (3-3, 4.70). The first pitch on Italian Heritage Night will be thrown at 7:11p and the game will be broadcast on CSN+.

WSI's
Critic's Corner:
 This all-around poor performance only deserves one star.


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