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April 12th at Detroit

Today's temperature:
"Jerry pulls out all the stops and almost looks like a genius when Joe Crede delivers, but it is not to be. At least the Sox continued to fight even late in the game. One more road game and then it's time to face the division leading Royals."

Short Take:  Sox bats cold at crucial times. Tigers finally win a game.

Sox faced Detroit for the 5th time already this season looking to go 5-0 against the struggling Tigers. The Sox sent Josh Stewart to the mound for his second major league start while the Tigers countered with big young righty Nate Cornejo. The Tigers have had a really rough start to the year. They entered the game with a total of 40 hits in 9 games and became the first team in Major League history to start consecutive seasons with and 0-9 record after the Sox beat them on Friday. Sox need to keep winning to keep pace with the Royals and get as many wins as they can against these weaker ALC teams. The Tigers were just looking for a win.

The game started well enough with both D'Angelo Jimenez and Jose Valentin singling, but none of the next 3 guys could drive them home. Fortunately, The Tinkerer's sole move of the day paid off in the second when Tony Graffanino - playing third homered on a full count with one away. Stewart looked solid in his first two innings, but things got rough in the third when he walked the leadoff hitter and the next batter, Hiram Bocachica, lofted a fly ball to right that kept drifting away from Magglio Ordonez, evading his mitt and ending up as a double. Shane Halter promptly drilled one into the LCF seats and the Tigers led 3-1. Things didn't get much easier after that as Bobby Higginson doubled and one out later, Dean Palmer walked. Craig Paquette hit a tailor made one-hop double play ball back to Stewart, but his perfect throw to second was dropped when Jimenez and Valentin bumped mitts while both trying to cover second base. With the bases loaded, Stewart showed his guts by striking out Brandon Inge on 3 pitches and inducing a routine fly to left to end the inning. In the fourth, the Sox loaded the bases with nobody out, but then got unlucky as a soft liner that was headed down the right field line was snagged by Paquette as he crossed the first base bag, resulting in a double play that could just as easily have tied the score. Stewart was lifted for Glover with one out in the 5th and a man on third. Unfortunately, Glover gave up a sacrifice fly and the Tigers led 4-1. The Tigers tried to steal a run in the 7th. Higginson led off with a single and stole second. The Sox brought in Tom "Flashfire" Gordon who promptly gave up a single to Paquette, but a solid throw by Aaron Rowand nipped Higginson at the plate on a nice sweep tag by Josh Paul. In the 8th, the Sox pulled out all the stops - using every bench player they had left, pinch hitting Daubach for Paul and then Sandy Alomar for Daubach when the Tigers changed pitchers. With men on first and second, Alomar hit a fly ball to center that was dropped. Unfortunately Rowand failed to make it to second base leading to the second out of the inning. Jimenez took a walk to load the bases and then Joe Crede - pinch hitting for Valentin - looped a single into left scoring two runs. Frank Thomas flied out to center to end the inning with the Sox down by a run. The Sox put two on in the ninth, but Rowand struck out on a nice changeup to end the game and the Tigers had their first win of the year.

Stewart struck out 6 during his stint, but he also gave up 3 walks - one of them scoring. He made some nice pitches in tough situations, but not enough of them to make a difference. Neither team was sharp at the plate as the Sox individually left 23 men on base and as a team they left 14. At least Carlos Lee seems to be working his way out of his slump, collecting 3 hits all to centerfield. Now the team needs Paul Konerko to find some consistency and Frank Thomas to start driving the ball again - though at least he continues to take his walks. Tony Graffanino is hitting the ball well, but he has the range of a traffic light in the field. Good news Sox fans, Tom Gordon didn't give up a run, but not for lack of trying. Coulda' Shoulda' Woulda' in this game. Sox just couldn't get the hits when they needed them. Jon Garland takes the mound tomorrow in an attempt to get the rubber game and then home to Chicago for a big early season series against the redhot Kansas City Royals, who won again today extending their lead to 4 games over the Sox.

Tinkerer Update:
 Graffanino subbing for Crede hits a homer. Used every bench player he had either pinch hitting or in the field or both.

submitted by VoodooChile.

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