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Streak snapped!

July 8, vs. Anaheim

Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
Activated Today
Number of special newspaper articles covering it:

"Magglio was activated today, before the game. The Sox have optioned Felix Diaz to make room on the roster. While he did not participate in the win, he is expected to start as the DH tomorrow night against Seattle."

Short Take: Loaiza no shining star, but offense comes through just enough to push Sox to 9-8 win and snap a 5-game losing skid.

If the roller coaster that the last ten days has taught us anything, it is that it’s never easy when you’re a Sox fan. After feeling lower than dirt after dropping the series opener to the Cubs on Friday at U.S. Cellular Field, the Sox rattled off five straight wins, two over the Cubs and a sweep of the Twins at the Baggy-dome and acquired Freddy Garcia and suddenly all was well… Before the Sox were swept at “The Shrine,” and dropped the first two games of their series with Anaheim in humiliating fashion, we were again at Square One. Thursday afternoon’s series finale with the Haloes reinforced this point, as the game was a roller coaster of emotion that ultimately ended with a long single from Juan Uribe off the left field wall to score Jose Valentin and give the Sox a dramatic 9-8 win.

The Sox’s surprise All-Star, Esteban Loaiza got the nod and started a bit shaky. In the first, two singles and a stolen base did Loaiza, as David Eckstein scored the game’s first run on Garrett Anderson’s double play. The Sox, however, spotted Esteban a one-run lead in the bottom of the first on a 2-run dinger by Carlos Lee, but Loaiza gave that run right back in the top of the second as Jeff DaVanon reached on a bunt single with two outs, advanced on a wild pitch, and came around to score on another 2-out hit by Benji Molina to knot the score at 2.

Aaron Sele, Anaheim’s starter, then turned it up a notch and shut down the recently timid Sox offense, as over the next three innings the “O” could only muster two hits and a walk. Added to the fact that Esteban Loaiza was tagged for 3 more two-out runs in the 4th, thanks to a walk, double, and triple, and suddenly a 3-run deficit looked to be a kiss of death.

But in the fifth, the game changed. Joe Crede lead-off with a double, but two easy outs from Jamie Burke and Timo Perez looked to make it a waste, but three singles from Aaron Rowand, Carlos Lee, and Paul Konerko and a walk to Jose Valentin drove home the three runs needed to bring the Sox back to even with Anaheim at 5.

However, Esteban looked less than stellar. The very next inning, he coughed up the lead again, allowing a double to Adam Kennedy and single to Eckstein before being pulled for Cliff Politte, but he fared little better against the mighty heart of the Angels’ line-up, giving up an RBI single to Anderson and a sac fly to Vladimir Guerrero, and again it looked like the Sox had dug themselves into a hole they could not climb out of.

The Sox, who looked dead in the sixth and seventh, suddenly surged to life again in the 8th. Paul Konerko doubled to lead off, but after two quick outs the Sox again were on the verge of self-destruction. However, a walk to Joe Crede and infield single from Willie Harris loaded the bases for Timo Perez, who muscled a clutch hit into right field that was bobbled by Vladimir Guerrero and by the time he got the ball back in, the bases were cleared and the score was tied at 8.

Mike Jackson and Damaso Marte combined to pitch a scoreless ninth and gave way to the “O” in the bottom of the ninth. Back-to-back hits from Jose Valentin and Paul Konerko put runners on the corners for the slumping Juan Uribe who answered the call, taking a Brendan Donnelly offering 4 feet up the left field wall to score Valentin and give the Sox a walk-off winner, 9-8 over Anaheim.

The good news kept rolling for the Sox, as Magglio Ordonez was activated from the Disabled List before the game. The slugger had missed weeks of action and his bat was sorely needed in the line-up. He did not play in today’s game, but is expected to start tomorrow as the DH. Unfortunately, the bone spurs in Frank Thomas’ left foot are more serious than previously diagnosed, and the slugger may be out for the next six weeks… And again, we are back at Square One.

The Sox hopefully got a win just in time to feast on the tanking Seattle Mariners, who come to town for a weekend set. Tomorrow, Jon Garland goes on the hill against Joel Piniero. Game time is 7:05 Central Time and the game will be aired on Fox Sports Net.

Ozzieball Update:
Lots of infield singles, clutch hits, advanced runners, and few homers = A good day for Ozzieball, especially when they win.

submitted by doublem23.

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Timo Perez

A lot of other peoples' games will look prettier in tomorrow morning's box score, but no hit was bigger than Timo's bases-clearing single in the 8th to set up Uribe's 9th inning dramatics.

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