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The Difference Between Night and Day

August 3 @ Detriot Tigers


Immunity:
Game 1: Juan Pierre and Alex Rios; Game 2: Paul Konerko and Omar Vizquel
Exiled:
Game 1: Nobody; Game 2: The rest of the team.

Game 1: Their solo blasts helped ice the game away, plus they were hard outs! Game 2: Konerko accounted for the only run, while Vizquel couldn't be retired...Everyone else didn't do much at all.

Short Take:Mark Buehrle and the Sox played a flawless game during the opening game in this double-header; but the tables were turned during the night cap for Carlos Torres and the Sox.

On hot, muggy days like today, the best thing to do is to stay in an air conditioned house and watch a pair of baseball games in which your team is involved. Our Sox and the reeling Tigers were set to play two in Detroit today due to a rainout from 2.5 months ago. In the opener, Mark Buehrle was sailing along, while his counterpart Rick Porcello was beaten down by the superior Sox hitting 12-2. In the night cap, the tables were turned, as Carlos Torres lost a game to Jeremy Bonderman, a guy who usually doesn't fare well against the Sox, 7-1.

Our Palehose hardly broke a sweat during the opener. It would be a memorable one for a certain left fielder. After the team scored four runs in the third and added another in the fourth, Juan Pierre (who doubled in a pair of runs in his last at bat) looked like he was trying to get a bunt hit leading off the fifth. He bunted it foul, but a couple pitches later, he launched his first round-tripper in a Sox uniform! Alex Rios added his 17th homer of the season in the same inning, and the rout was on! Our Sox kept picking apart the Tigers weak pitching, as Mark Kotsay, The Cuban Missile, and Bacon all drove in runs. Dayan "I dare you to walk me" Viciedo hit the Sox' third home run of the game in the 8th to close the scoring for the Sox during the afternoon affair. Meanwhile, the Tigers only mustered single runs in the third and eighth...Weak! The win assured the Sox would finish the night in first place regardless of the results to the nightcap or the Twins/Tampa game.

Unfortunately, things turned out exactly the opposite 3 1/2 hours later when the night cap started. After two innings of play, Torres wasn't fooling anyone, as the Tigers quickly went up 5-0. They scored a single run in the first and put a four-spot up in the second. It could have all been minimized, as Torres had just one run in with two out, but three more runs were allowed to cross the plate before the frame closed. The next four innings flew by, and then Paul Konerko gave our Palehose the only run they would see tonight with a lead-off homer in the seventh (Hawk, that is not the right time to say "Don't stop now, boys!"). The Tigers made sure the Sox couldn't come back in the 9th by tacking on a couple more runs in their half of the eighth.

These games truly were the difference between night and day. Whatever good the Sox did in the first game was washed away with poor production in the night cap. Fortunately, the Twins lost in Tampa tonight, meaning we actually gained 0.5 games on them in the standings. Our Sox now are in first place by 1.5 games. Tomorrow's a new day, though. Edwin Jackson will get his first start with the Sox against his former teammates. He will tow the rubber against Armando Galarraga. Same time as the night cap, same place, different channel (CSN).

WSI's
TBGR Diary:
I'd like to know what our Sox ate between games, because they looked like a totally different team! At least the Twins lost, so we actually GAINED a half a game on them, now leading the Central by 1.5 games.


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