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Rauch rocks!

June 24, vs. Cleveland


Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
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"Spent most of the day glued to the TV, watching ESPN's coverage of the NBA draft."

Short Take: Rauch gets 2nd chance and cools down surging Tribe.

After a disastrous start against Anaheim earlier in the year and then an uproar following his early exit from U.S. Cellular Field, Jon Rauch found himself as public enemy #1 on the South Side of Chicago. General Manager Kenny Williams even said that Rauch would never play again for the Sox.

Maybe Williams will have to eat his words.

Rauch picked up the first win of the year for the Sox’s much maligned “fifth starter,” working five innings and only allowing a run on six hits. While this was certainly big news for Sox fans, there is also good reason to be excited about the combined performance of Cliff Politte, Damaso Marte, and Jon Adkins, who pitched a combined 4 innings, allowing no hits and no walks. When compared to recent pitching performances, today’s win was a breath of fresh air.

The offense, though, looked good again. In the first, Jose Valentin jacked a three-run homer to centerfield, but it was courtesy of an error by Ronnie Belliard.

As for Rauch, he started to run out of gas in the fifth, after allowing only 2 hits in the first four innings. Coco Crisp led off with a double and came around to score on a single by Matt Lawton. After Omar Vizquel singled, the Indians had runners at first and second with no out and Rauch was clinging to a 2-run lead. Instead of folding, he hunkered down, getting Travis Hafner and Victor Martinez out, before giving up a deep fly ball to Jody Gerut that Aaron Rowand tracked down and caught as he ran into the fence in center.

The Sox touched up Chris Bartosh and Rick White in the eighth for 4 insurance runs, highlighted by Joe Crede’s 2-run single and after an uneventful ninth, the Sox walked away with a 7-1 win and a series split with Cleveland.

Thanks to Minnesota’s win, the Sox remain two games behind the front-running Twins. Hopefully Jon Rauch was able to silence his critics with a solid performance from the bottom of the rotation. Also hopefully the win was a corner turner, as the Sox get ready for Round One of the Windy City Showdown, as the Cubs come to U.S. Cellular Field. Jon Garland goes for the Sox against Mark Prior. Game time is 3:05 PM Central Time and the game will be televised on WGN.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Ozzie finally gets a win from someone other than Esteban, Mark, Jon, or Scott. Hopefully the staff can get Rauch to maximize his talent.


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