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Redman Marks the Sox

September 2nd vs Oakland

Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
Spring 2005
Number of special newspaper articles covering it:

"With Hurricane Frances about to hit land, Maggs prepares the house as best he can."

Short Take:  Sox bats shut down by the A's other "Mark".

The 2004 White Sox started the season winning games in exhilarating fashion. April and May provided Sox fans with plenty of nervous moments and just as many exciting victories. But those moments came nearly 3 months ago. Since then plenty has changed. Sox fans need not be reminded of the differences in the ball club, and the difference in winning is obvious. So when the Sox won Wednesday’s game in dramatic, come from behind, walk-off style, Sox fans couldn’t help but remember the ways in which the Sox performed after such thrilling victories earlier in the season. Thursday’s matinee affair certainly wasn’t reminiscent of the way the Sox performed after walk-off victories earlier in the season. Rather than come out firing on all cylinders, looking to stomp the opposition, the Sox were the ones who were stomped on in the 4-2 loss.

Jose Contreras got the starting nod for the Sox and was far from brilliant. Contreras received help from Ben Davis early on. After Contreras walked Eric Chavez with 2 outs in the 1st inning, Davis gunned down Chavez trying to steal. Contreras flew through the 2nd inning before getting into trouble in the 3rd inning. After a leadoff walk to Bobby Crosby, Contreras served up a meatball to Billy McMillon of all people. After a single and an out, Contreras hit Eric Byrnes. With runners on 1st and 2nd and Eric Chavez at-bat, the outlook for Contreras was bleak. After all, Chavez entered the game leading the Athletics with 27 homers on the year. So it was obvious that Chavez could do some damage by….taking a pitch? Well in this situation the best thing Chavez did was work a count and lead Contreras to throw a wild pitch. Ben Davis had trouble finding the ball and by the time he did, Marco Scutaro scored from 2nd base. Contreras avoided further trouble which allowed the Sox bats to bounce back.

The Sox offense as a whole was brutal in this game. They managed just 5 hits and 1 walk but did manage to score 2 runs. Trailing 3-0 entering the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Sox managed to take advantage of their few base runners. Jose Valentin led off with a double. Joe Crede followed up with a single and wisely advanced to second base when A’s right fielder Eric Byrnes got a little too aggressive. Aaron Rowand’s sacrifice fly scored the first run. The next batter, Juan Uribe did the same to score Crede who advanced to 3rd on Rowand’s sac fly. 2 runs thanks to a couple sacrifice flies after a bad throw by the opposition. That’s not exactly an offensive explosion. But it’s all the Sox were able to manage on this day and it was good enough to cut the deficit to only 1 run after 3 innings. Unfortunately it was all the Sox could muster against A’s starter Mark Redman. The A’s added another run in the 6th inning to finish off the Sox by a final of 4-2.

The Sox continue the home stand by welcoming in the Seattle Mariners for a weekend series. Jon Garland will throw for the Sox in the first game of the series. Bobby Madritsch pitches for the Mariners in the 7:05 CDT game.

Ozzieball Update:
 2 sacrifice flies score the Sox only runs. It's Ozzieball but not enough Ozzieball to win.

submitted by Jjav829.

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