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Here We Go Again

August 7th vs Cleveland

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"It's football time for Maggs. He heads to Macomb, Illinois to watch the Bears scrimmage the Rams. Maggs was impressed with what he saw."

Short Take:  Shingo finally looks human in a save situation.

Thereís only one way to describe this lossÖ not again!. Over the past two weeks the White Sox have found many ways to blow games. From starting pitchers getting shelled to relief pitchers walking in the game winning runs. From a lack of hitting to costly errors. The Sox have managed to do it all. But Saturday brought on something new. Perhaps the most consistent Sox player on the year, Shingo Takatsu, was finally touched up in a big way. Shingo entered the game having 2 losses, but no blown saves on the year. That changed on Saturday when Shingo blew his first save in heartbreaking fashion. The Sox lost the game 6-5 and fell into 3rd place.

This game didnít look good from the start. Freddy Garcia walked the leadoff hitter and allowed a double to the next batter. But Garcia forced Travis Hafner to ground out to him for the 1st out. He then went to 2 strikes on Casey Blake before allowing a double down the left field line to score 2 runs. But Garcia quickly settled down allowing only one more run, that coming in the 4th inning. Garcia finished up going 7 solid innings, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits and a walk, while striking out 3. Through 5 innings it looked like Garcia would be the victim of no run support as he had been many times in Seattle. That changed in the 6th inning, however.

The 6th inning may have been the most exciting inning of White Sox baseball in 2 weeks. After Freddy retired the Indians on 8 pitches in the top half of the 6th, the Sox offense managed to temporarily wake up and shock Sox fans. Ben Davis started the inning with a base hit and Aaron Rowand walked. That brought up the newest Sox, Roberto Alomar. With the Sox offense struggling to score lately, this seemed like a situation to play for the two runs currently on base. But Robbie didnít go up to the plate to bunt. He went up there swinging and it didnít take long for Alomar to have his first big hit for the Sox. Robbie swung at the first pitch he saw and smashed a game tying, 3-run HR to left field. Finally something to make the crowd go wild. Two outs later, Carl Everett stepped up to the plate. Following in Alomarís footsteps, Everett swung at the first pitch and made good contact in smashing the ball to left field. But the ball bounced off the yellow stripe of the wall and came back into play. Everett cruised into second with only a double, but Juan Uribe made up for the bounce. Uribe went to a 2-2 count before he got a pitch to his liking. He hit it the other way and the ball carried over the right field fence for a 2-run HR. In stunning fashion, the Sox put up a 5 spot and took a 5-3 lead. And it stayed that way, until the 9th.

With a 2 run lead and Shingo coming into the game, the Sox had the win. Right? Well, not this time. Shingo allowed a leadoff single before a fielders choice to record the first out. Another single later put runners on 1st and 2nd for Matt Lawton. Shingo went to a 2-0 count and gave Lawton a cookie. Lawton didnít miss and just like that, the Sox were down 6-5. 3 quick outs in the bottom half of the 9th and the Sox are now in 3rd place, 7 games behind first place Minnesota.

The Sox go into tomorrowís game looking to avoid another devastating loss. Jose Contreras will make his home debut at U.S. Cellular and oppose Scott Elarton. Game time is 2:05 CDT.

Ozzieball Update:
 Not playing smallball certainly payed off in the 6th inning. Rather than bunt the runners over, Robbie Alomar swung and hit a 3-run, game tying HR.

submitted by Jjav829.

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