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Big Bad Bart!

August 6th Vs. Kansas City

Today's temperature:
"When your ace pitches like that, all a manager can do is sit back and enjoy it. Now if Jerry hadn't completely overused the bullpen the past two nights, things might have been easier. We'll take it. 1-game back and climbing..."

Short Take:  Colon dominates the Royals for 8 innings and the Sox hold on to win...

Any way you slice it, this game was huge. Humongous. Gigantic. The Sox needed it to put them back within a game of the Royals and make a statement about being in the race until the end. The Royals needed it to prove that last week in Kansas City, was a fluke and to expand their lead to 3 games. The Royals sent out Kris Wilson who pitched reasonably well, though he used 100 pitches over 5 innings and left trailing 2-0 both runs scoring on solo homers. The Kansas City bullpen gave up insurance runs in the 7th and 8th to give the Sox a 4-run lead heading into the ninth. More on that later...

The story of this game was Bartolo Colon. Colon was simply dominating. He hit Aaron Guiel to leadoff the game and then immediately picked him off. Then Colon walked Randa and after striking out Carlos Beltran, allowed Randa to reach second by throwing the ball away on another pickoff attempt. After that he settled down and retired 10 in a row before giving up a leadoff hit in the 5th to Ken Harvey. But Colon quickly induced a pop-out and a lineout - that doubled Harvey off of first to end the threat. Bartolo then retired the next 6 batters before giving up back to back singles to leadoff the 8th. A Double play grounder and a pop-out stranded the runner on third and allowed Colon to leave the game with a comfortable 4-run lead having faced 26 batters over 8 innings allowing 3 hits and 1 walk and striking out 7 while using only 96 pitches. A trainer visited Bart on the mound in the 8th and he didn't finish the game, but Bart was simply amazing for 8 innings today. If he keeps pitching like he has these last 3 starts, the Sox are going to be tough to beat this year.

The ninth inning was anything but fun for Sox fans as Manuel called on Tom "I threw 44 pitches these past 2 games" Gordon who clearly didn't have it. Gordon gave up a hot smash to the leadoff hitter that was thankfully snagged by Jose Valentin - otherwise this might be an entirely different recap. The next 2 guys reached base and then Carlos Beltran jacked Gordon's first pitch DEEP into the right-field seats and suddenly the score was 4-3. Manuel then went to Marte who gave up a hit, but managed to get a pop-out beforehand and a strike-out afterwards to end the game. The ending wasn't pretty, but Sox fans will take it.

Robbie Alomar hit his first home run as a Sox player today and Carlos Lee continued to be hot, going 3-5 and driving in a pair. Paul Konerko was 2-2 after subbing for Brian Daubach. Unfortunately, Magglio Ordonez continues to struggle going 0-4 and leaving 4 men on base. Joe Crede certainly deserves recognition for putting a real hard slide on Angel Berroa in the 8th. Joe left Berroa in pain with a hard high slide into Berroa's "nether regions" that broke up a double play and allowed what would prove to be the winning run to score. The team needs more plays like that if they are going to succeed now and later on. Thursday is an off day before Oakland comes to town for the weekend. It's a good thing, too, because if this were a travel day for the Sox, Manuel would have played the junior varsity. No fifth starter this time around, so Buehrle goes on Friday as the Sox try to keep the "W's" coming...

Tinkerer Update:
 Daubach for Konerko at first. Then Konerko for Daubach when the Royals changed pitchers.

submitted by The Warden.

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