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Worst Loss of the Season

July 18, at Minnesota


Immunity:
Freddy Garcia
Exiled:
Bobby Jenks

Garcia again junkballs his way to another effective outing.  Jenks, meanwhile, with twice the stuff can't find the strike zone to save his life.

Short Take:   Sox blow 3-run lead in 9th inning.

Entering the 9th inning, the Sox lead the Twins 6-3 and looked to split the series and take a 2 1/2 game lead out of the Twin Cities thanks to an Indians sweep of the slumping Tigers.  Then they allowed 4 runs without recording an out.  You can take the Twins out of the Metrodome, but you can't take the Metrodome out of the Twins.  Sox lose, 7-6.

Freddy Garcia took the hill today and was again effective.  He allowed a 2-run homer to Delmon Young in the 2nd, and an RBI triple to Micheal Cuddyer in the 3rd, but throughout the game, though he constantly tiptoed around utter chaos, he effectively kept the Sox in the game, throwing 6 innings, scattering 11 hits (!) and only allowing those three runs.  Facing terrible Nick Blackburn, it looked to be enough.

Though the Sox found themselves in an early hole, they battled back and hung around.  Gordon Beckham, who had another magnificent game, put the Sox on the board in the third with an RBI single to score Alexei Ramirez.  His single in the 5th kept a rally alive, allowing the Sox to score their 2nd run of the game on an RBI single by Juan Pierre.  Still trailing 3-2 entering the 6th, the Sox finally unloaded on Blackburn; a pair of singles by Alex Rios and Paul Konerko started the frame and the Sox took a 4-3 lead on a 2-run double by Carlos Quentin.  Brian Duensing replaced Blackburn, but the offensive barrage kept coming, a pair of RBI singles by Ramon Castro and Beckham pushed the Sox lead to 6-3 and following a pair of scoreless innings by J.J. Putz and Matt Thornton, looked to earn the Sox a split and pick up another game on Detroit in the Central.

Of course, it wasn't that easy.  Bobby Jenks opened the 9th by walking the first two batters he faced, Orlando Hudson and Joe Mauer.  A pair of singles by Jason Kubel and Michael Cuddyer each scored a run, cut the Sox lead to 1, and forced in Sergio Santos, who fared little better, walking Jason Repko to load the bases, before allowing a single to Delmon Young that tied the game and ultimately won it for Minnesota when Rios's throw back in sailed somewhere in the vicinity of Duluth.  Cuddyer scored easily and the Twins celebrated like they had just won the World Series... Just remember how that turned out for them in 2008, guys.

Anyways, if there's one recipe to forget a tough series, it's a trip to Seattle, to face the hapless Mariners, now with Cliff Lee, and losers of 9 of their last 10 (pending this afternoon's in-progress game).  Dan Hudson totes the hill for the 2nd time this season and will be facing David Pauley, making his 2nd start of the season and 7th in his illustrious career.  Game time is 9:10 PM Central time and you can catch the action on Comcast Sports Net.

Mercy.

WSI's
TBGR Diary:
 That was probably the fastest 3-run blown lead in the history of baseball.  That 9th inning seriously took 5 minutes.  BLARGH.


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Gordon Beckham

4-4 with a pair of RBIs.  4 games into the 2nd half of the season, Beckham has raised his BA nearly 20 points.  At this rate he'll be hitting 1.600 by season's end (Is that possible?)

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