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July 16, at Oakland

Today's Free Agency Value:
"With Frank gone, Maggs needs to be the new big bat in the line-up. 1-4 ain't gonna cut it."

Short Take: Sox continue to struggle in Oakland. Hey, at least we're not losing them 19-2 now, though, right?

Yes, Barry Zito is exactly the kind of pitcher that has shut the Sox offense down in recent years, a left-handed finesse artist with a nasty breaking ball. But he had been struggling all year, but the Sox have still not been able to solve their West Coast struggles. Something was going to have to give.

Zito made a 3-run first inning home run stand, as the As beat the Sox for the second straight night, 5-1. The offense was dead all night, most apparent by the fact that the Sox scored their only run on a ground out in the second to cut the deficit at the time to 2. But Mark Buehrle would still need another inning to settle down. After giving up a double to Bobby Crosby, Damian Miller walked, and Mark Scutaro doubled home Crosby. With runners at first and second and now down three again, Buehrle could have let this one get ugly fast. Instead he buckled down and retired Mark Kotsay, Eric Byrnes, and Eric Chavez to minimize the damage and still leave the Sox in the game.

But, by fault of both an impotent offense and Zitos effectiveness, there would be no getting to Barry tonight. He pitched 7 strong innings, allowing only one run and four hits. Buehrle on the other hand never really fully settled into this game. Granted, after the second the As never really threatened to score again, but Buehrle could not keep them off the basepaths and in his six innings of work he only retired the side 1-2-3 once. But give him credit were credit is due, he was able to keep the Sox in it up until the end and not too many pitchers are going to win when the bats support you with a robust 1-run, 7-hit attack.

The As scored another insurance run off Cliff Politte in the 7th and seemed to be cruising to victory, until Chad Bradford hit a snag in the line. After retiring Magglio Ordonez to open the ninth, he gave up back-to-back singles by Carlos Lee and Paul Konerko, which caused Ken Macha to promptly remove him for another notable gas can, Octavio Dotel. Dotel, however, struck out Joe Crede and Joe Borchard to ice the 5-1 decision.

The Sox must find a way to pick up the pieces without one of the biggest bats in their lineup. With an MRI showing a stress fracture in his foot, Frank Thomas will be sidelined for up to eight weeks. Meanwhile, the Sox have managed to score 3 runs on 13 hits in the last 2 games at Oakland. While these games were against some top pitching talent in Rich Harden and Barry Zito, the Sox have to stop this before it becomes a week-long funk. Maybe time for another meeting, Ozzie?

Luckily, Brad Radke was roughed by the Kansas City Royals for a 12-3 loss, meaning the Sox hold on to their fragile lead on the division. However, after Mike Maroth one-hit the Yankees for an 8-0 win, Detroit now finds itself 4 games behind the Sox. With 19 matches to be played between the Tigers and our Pale Hose, lets hope this doesnt turn into a three-team race.

Freddy Garcia gets a chance to be what the Sox hoped he would be when the got him; an ace and a streak-buster. The right-hander faces Mark Redman as the Sox face the As for the third of four. The game will be televised by Fox and begins at 3:05 PM Chicago time.

Ozzieball Update:
The Sox played excellent smallball in the second. After a lead-off double by Carlos Lee, Paul Konerko bounced one to the right side of the infield, pushing Caballo to third and he eventually came around to score. Yep, that was nice smallball. Too bad it was the ONLY RUN OF THE GAME.

submitted by doublem23.

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