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Shades of Spring Glory

August 8, vs. Cleveland

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Short Take: Marte blows 9th inning lead, but Big Ben Davis comes through with 2-out RBI double for a White Sox winner!

There was a time, many moons ago, when every Sox fan in Creation believed that their team had a chance to come back from any deficit, no matter who was at the plate and no matter what the situation. There was a time when it wasn’t a matter of if the big, clutch hit would come, but who would provide. There was a time, only months ago, when the Sox were a 1-run win machine and specialists at late comeback wins.

Those days have definitely taken a backseat to the sheer nightmare the last 2 weeks have been. Since Joe Crede sent a packed house home in ecstasy with a walk-off home run against Detroit, the Sox have dropped 11 of 13 games, fallen into third place behind the Indians, and are pretty much out of the race for the American League Central crown barring divine intervention, so it seems. Still, the heroics came late, and, if just for one day, the Sox treated their fans to a great game and ultimate a great win, beating the Tribe in the ninth, 3-2.

The story of the game was Jose Contreras. To be blunt, he was spectacular. In a post-game interviews, starting catcher Ben Davis noted that Jose could have told the offense the splitter was coming and it wouldn’t have mattered. He was, in a word, brilliant. The offense gave him two early runs and he did not squander them, mowing down the Indians all game. He needed just 108 pitches to work 8 innings, allowing 5 hits, a run, and 9 strikeouts. That run probably should never have scored, either, as both Timo Perez and Carl Everett misplayed fly balls in the outfield to push ahead Casey Blake and give the Tribe their first run of the game.

Offensively, the Sox scored a run a piece in the first two innings. In the first, with a gimpy Carlos Lee at first, Paul Konerko rattled a double just past the diving Grady Sizemore in center. Though he made a strong throw to short, and Omar Vizquel made a nice bare-handed grab and throw to Victor Martinez at home, Joey Cora pushed the envelop, sending Caballo home. He scored as the relay was a bit up the third base line. In the second, Timo Perez scored on a double by Ben Davis.

And then Indian starter Scott Elarton settled down, and did not allow a base runner after Juan Uribe lead-off the fourth with a single. He would be doubled up as a strike’em-out-throw’em-out double play to end the frame and Elarton cruised until he was relieved by Dave Riske in the 7th. He was also sharp, pitching a flawless inning before giving way to Rafael Betancourt, who gave up a 1-out single to Aaron Rowand. Rowand stole second and an all-important insurance run was in scoring position. An intentional walk to Paul Konerko opened the door for Joe Borchard to be a hero, but he struck out to end the inning.

Then came the ninth. With the Sox clinging to a 1-run lead, many fans were probably surprised at the absence of Japanese techno music and the gong sound. Instead of Shingo time, it was a Marte Par-tay. Perhaps last night’s meltdown was fresh in Ozzie’s mind or perhaps he wanted the lefty Marte against the lefty Travis Haffner, who led off the ninth. Anyway, Marte had no trouble getting Haffner looking and it looked like it might be smooth sailing for the Sox to close this one out, but Victor Martinez would have none of it, as he took Marte deep to tie the game at 2 and got Ozzie out to bring in his closer. An infield single for Casey Blake and a walk to Ronnie Belliard really got the fans on the edge of their seats, but Takatsu calmed and handled the Tribe, sending the Sox to the ninth tied at 2.

After two quick outs by Jose Valentin and Juan Uribe, Timo Perez singled to center field. Ben Davis then had an epic at-bat, fighting tooth and nail with Betancourt. Meanwhile, Perez gave him all sorts of trouble at first. Davis took about ten pitches and Perez took as many pick-off attempts. After a few foul balls on 3-2, Davis lined one into right-center field. With Perez off on the pitch, excitement was brewing. Grady Sizemore made a nice stop to cut the ball off before it reached the wall and Ronnie Belliard made an amazing acrobatic relay throw home, but it was not fast or accurate enough to catch the streaking Perez, as he just beat the tag by Martinez to light the centerfield candles for a White Sox winner.

Thanks a 6-5 loss to Oakland in an 18-inning marathon at the Baggy Dome, the Sox finally gained ground on the Twins for the first time in what seems like years. Also, the win moves the Sox and Indians back into a statistical tie for second place in the division. Going into tomorrow’s finale of the 4-game set, the Sox and Indians are both 6 games behind Minnesota. The game will be at 7:05 PM Central Time and will be aired over Fox Sports Net. Though no starter for the Sox had been officially named this morning, the team’s official website is listing Felix Diaz as tomorrow’s starter. He will be opposed by Jake Westbrook.

Ozzieball Update:
Sometimes aggressive baserunning sucks. Other days, it's the margin between a win and a loss.

submitted by doublem23.

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