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Piranhaed

July 30, at Minnesota


Today's Sox Crew:
Pest Control
The house is looking good, but someone let these pesky piranhas back in.  Time to get the big guns.

Short Take:  Quintana struggles early, Sox falter late as Twins walk-off, 7-6

A two out-RBI single by Paul Konerko and then a three-run homer by A.J. Pierzynski in the top of the 1st inning staked Jose Quintana to a 4-0 lead before he ever set foot on the Target Field pitcher's mound tonight, but alas, the surprising southpaw didn't bring his A game to the park tonight.  Before the retiring the Twins in the 1st inning, Quintana had coughed up his cushion and the Sox and Twins settled in to a good old fashioned pitcher's duel from innings 2-9 with the Twins unfortunately having the last laugh as Jamey Carroll (who else) racked up the game-winning sac fly in the bottom of the 9th for a 7-6 Twins win.

There wasn't much offense to talk about for the Sox aside from their big 1st inning, thanks, in part to the defensive play of CF Denard Span who in the course of two innings brought a 2-run homer from Alex Rios back from over the fence and then robbed Pierzynski of a definite single and perhaps more on a nice sliding play over the course of the Sox offensive drought.  They did pick up a run in the 4th inning as Alejandro de Aza drove home Alexei Ramirez but Kevin Youkilis and Adam Dunn could do no more damage, stranding a pair of runners.   That was the kind of night for the meat of the Sox order; Youk, Dunn, and Konerko combined to go 1-12 with a walk.

After several frustratingly slim innings, still trailing 6-5, the Sox finally drew even in the 8th inning, as Alejandro ripped a 2-out single into CF, testing his counterpart's arm, who was not up to snuff as Ramirez again would come around to score, this time the tying run as Span's throw ended up well up the 3rd base line.  Following a relatively easy inning by Matt Thornton, it looked like it might be a long battle into the Great North night.  But it was not to be, as Brett Myers allowed a lead-off single to Alexi Casilla in the 9th inning.  That was followed by an immaculate bunt off the bat of Scott Dozier; a situation that was complicated when A.J. threw the ball into right field trying to nail Dozier at first.  The aforementioned Carroll lifted a fly ball to deep right field and Alex Rios, who had already gunned down Span at second trying to stretch a single into a double, could not replicate his magic as Casilla scored without much of a contest, allowing the Twins and their legions of fans to celebrate wildly as they pulled to a mere 14 games of .500.  That's only a two week winning streak!  Well done, gentlemen!

If there is a silver lining to tonight's tough loss, it is that the Sox don't lose any ground on the division-leading Tigers, who dropped a 7-3 loss at Boston.  The Sox remain 1 1/2 games ahead of Detroit.  The Sox and Twins will continue their series in Minnesota tomorrow night as Francisco Liriano makes his White Sox debut against his former team and Nick Blackburn, possibly the worst pitcher in the American League.  Game time is 7:10 PM Chicago time and the game can be seen locally on Comcast Sports Net.

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  Can't win 'em all, but it's tough to be let down by your defense at such a critical point.


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Alejandro de Aza

De Awesome went 4-5, scoring a run and driving in 2, including a the game-tying tally in a clutch 8th inning at bat.  Unfortunately, he needed to go 5-6 with 3 RBI at least.

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