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AL Central Wars: Revenge of the Sacrifice Bunt

September 11 vs Detroit


Today's Sox Crew:
Electrician Apprentice
Sox offense couldn't electrify the crowd on Tuesday quite like they did on Monday.

Short Take:   Two solo homers is all we could manage off of Doug Fister as the Sox lose.

The effects of the long baseball season are taking their toll on the Sox. Our young starters are in unchartered territory while DeAza, Konerko, Youkilis, and Dunn have been or are currently limping through various injuries. And lately, managerial decisions like deciding to sacrifice bunt with hitters such as Alexei Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis (who has never had a sacrifice bunt in MLB) has left some of us scratching our heads. The sac bunt attempts haven't been the only or main problem, I just wanted to incorporate it into the game report title. The bigger issue Tuesday is we couldn't get to Doug Fister, once again. Two solo homers is all we could muster off of Fister as the Sox lost 5-3.

Jake Peavy started for the Sox and held his own for the first four innings. The Sox staked him to a 2-0 lead thanks to solo home runs from DeWayne Wise in the first and Gordon Beckham in the third inning.

Jake gave the lead back in the top of the fifth. Omar Infante got on base with a one-out single. Austin Jackson followed that with a two-run shot to tie the game at two. Two batters later, Miguel Cabrera took Jake deep for a solo homer to put Detroit up 3-2.

Detroit tacked on a couple of more runs in the top of the eighth. Francisco Liriano came in to pitch for the Sox and stunk up the place. He opened the inning by hitting a batter on a pitch that skipped off the dirt before hitting the batter. That was followed with singles by Jhonny Peralta and Alex Avila to score a run to put Detroit up 4-2. Liriano then exited having retired nobody and looking like the hot garbage that Minnesota finally got so tired of seeing that they didn't care he was being traded to a division rival. Ok, back on task. Jesse Crain came in to relieve Liriano and allowed a bunt single to Omar Infante and an RBI single to Andy Dirks to make it 5-2 Detroit lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, Fister was finally out of the game as he was relieved by Joaquin Benoit for Detroit. Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham each singled to start the inning. Alejandro DeAza hit a third single in a row to score Bonesy Ramirez to pull the Sox within two at 5-3. Manager Robin Ventura then made the curious decision to have Kevin Youkilis try to sacrifice bunt. Granted Youk has been struggling lately, but Youkilis has never made a sacrifice bunt in the big leagues. After going 0-2 on two failed bunt attempts, Youk struck out swinging on a breaking pitch that was about five feet outside. That seem to let the air out of the balloon as DeWayne Wise came up next and struck out looking while Konerko followed with a weak grounder to second to end any further Sox threat.

Well disliked Jose Valverde closed it out for the Tigers in the ninth allowing only an infield single to Alex Rios.

Jake Peavy didn't pitch bad but got the loss thanks to three earned over 5.2 innings to run his record to 10-11.

On Wednesday, September 12th, Gavin Floyd is back off the DL and will start for the Sox against Max Scherzer. It's the third game in this four game set and beating Scherzer would be great as he's pitched well as of late. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. and can be seen on CSN.

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KW Appreciates The Game:
 "I told Robin to honor Ozzie's legacy by having everyone in the lineup take a turn sacrifice bunting."


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