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September 6, at Texas

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"Spent the afternoon watching the game before starting to clean up the place in the wake of Frances."

Short Take: Rangers commit 5 errors to hand Sox 4th straight win

Though the White Sox postseason hopes pretty much now rest on the hopes for a miracle, that doesn’t mean they can’t play the role of spoiler. The Sox started a 10-game road trip that winds its way through three contenders, Texas, Anaheim, and Minnesota. Thanks to five errors by the Rangers, the Sox won the first of the series, 7-4.

Starting for the Pale Hose was Jason Grilli, making a case for him to be on the 25-man roster come 2005. In his limited time in the big show, Grilli had not fared well against lefties, and facing a lineup chalk full of young, good left-handed hitters, Sox fans had more than enough reasons to be a bit nervous. Grilli, however, pitched well, allowing only three runs in 5 2/3 innings and scattering 8 hits en route to his first win of the season.

He did get a lot of help, both from his offense and the opposing defense. The first two innings were a struggle for Jason. In both frames, he walked the bases loaded but successfully walked the high wire and was able to get out with little trouble. In the Texas first, a pair of wild pitches, an error by Grilli, and a walk to Mark Teixeira loaded the bags with only an out. However, Grilli induced a grounder from Alfonso Soriano and then got Kevin Mench to foul out to end the inning. In the second, however, after a walk to Michael Young with two outs loaded the bases, Grilli walked Hank Blalock to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Though he escaped again, after Mark Teixeira grounded out, it seemed that Jason would not have the command to get through the high-powered Ranger attack.

Instead, he settled down and cut through the Texas offense, going the next 3 2/3 innings with little trouble, only allowing runs on solo shots by Michael Young in the 4th and Dave Dellucci in the 6th.

Meanwhile, the Sox offense finally came to life in the 4th against Texas starter Chan Ho Park. A pair of singles by Aaron Rowand and Carlos Lee lead off the inning before Paul Konerko grounded into a double play to score Rowand but empty the bases. Too bad, too, as Carl Everett came up next and deposited a homer to right field, giving the Sox a 2-1 advantage. After Young’s homer knotted the score at 2, the Sox busted open for 2 more runs the next frame, thanks to a hit and a pair of Ranger errors. Joe Borchard reached on an error by Alfonso Soriano and Joe Crede singled. Willie Harris then grounded to Park, and a throwing error allowed Borchard to score and put runners at 2nd and 3rd. Aaron Rowand grounded out to score Crede and the Sox were up by 2.

In the 7th, with the Sox holding on to a tenuous 1-run lead, Willie Harris lead off with a single and moved to third on a single by Carlos Lee. Chan Ho Park appeared to have Harris picked off of third, however, his throw ended up rolling along the wall down left, allowing Willie to score and moving Carlos to second. Paul Konerko hit a bloop single into center field to score Carlos and Konerko came around to score on a double by Jose Valentin off reliever Ron Mahay. Though Soriano’s relay to the plate was off by a good 10 feet, the high throw put Rob Barajas in perfect position to peg Valentin at third ending the inning, but not before 3 critical runs scored to give the Sox a 7-3 advantage.

In the 7th, Kevin Mench took Neal Cotts deep to pull Texas within three, but sound pitching from the bullpen; Cotts, Jon Adkins, Damaso Marte, and Shingo Takatsu slammed the door on any Texas hopes of a comeback. The same two teams tango again tonight in Texas for the second of the four-game set. Jose Contreras is slated to go for the Sox against 15-game winner Kenny Rogers. Game time is set for 7:05 PM Central time and it will be televised over WCIU.

Ozzieball Update:
5 errors by the opposition will make any offense's day easier.

submitted by doublem23.

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