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Crede Clutch Again!

September 23rd vs Kansas City


Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
Spring 2005
Number of special newspaper articles covering it:
0

"Continues rehabing his knee. Or does he? No one really knows for sure at this point."

Short Take:  Contreras puts the Sox in a hole before Crede helps them climb out.

It should come as no surprise to Sox fans that the Sox entered play Thursday having won 4 out of their last 5 games, and looking to put together 3 straight wins. After all, over the past few years this team has played better when the games donít matter than when the games do matter. But with Jose Contreras taking the mound on Thursday, no one could know how good of a chance the Sox had to win their 3rd game in a row. As it turned out, Contreras gave the Sox yet another bad outing before the Sox pulled out a 7-6 win in thrilling fashion.

The first batter of the game may have been an indication of how well things would go for Contreras. He got the hitter to ground to short, but an error by Wilson Valdez allowed David DeJesus to reach base. Two singles in the next three batters allowed the Royals first run of the game to score. A wild pitch moved the runner on 2nd base to 3rd base. That runner would score on an infield single to the pitcher. Before the Sox offense had taken the field, Contreras had already put them in a 2-0 hole. But Contreras wasnít done. In the 4th inning he allowed a 2 out triple to Ruben Gotay. He would retire the next batter, but not before throwing a wild pitch that would score Gotay. The Sox finally put up a run in the bottom of the 5th inning. Ross Gload, once again starting at first base, hit his 5th home run of the year to cut the Sox deficit to 3-1. But Contreras couldnít hold that score either. In the 6th inning he allowed a single and a walk before advancing both runners on another wild pitch. He managed to record a second out and leave the runners in place but Ozzie had seen enough. Neal Cotts replaced Contreras but couldnít hold the inherited runners. He allowed a 2-run single to DeJesus who was thrown out trying to stretch a double. A Matt Stairs home run increased the lead to 6-1 in the 7th inning. That was the end of the Royals scoring and the beginning of the Sox comeback.

The Sox chances actually looked very bleak late in the game. At the start of the bottom of the 8th inning the Sox trailed 6-1. Joe Crede led off the inning with a solo blast for the second run. Wilson Valdez reached on an infield single before the 1st out was recorded, that coming on a Willie Harris strike out. The next batter, Aaron Rowand went deep for a 2-run shot that closed the score to 6-4. That score held into the bottom of the 9th inning when Joe Crede came up big once again. Juan Uribe led off the inning pinch hitting for Ross Gload. Uribe walked and the next batter, Joe Borchard, singled. Jamie Burke pinch hit for Ben Davis and tried to advance the runners. But Burke couldnít execute and bunted into a fielderís choice, with Uribe getting forced out at 3rd base. That brought up Crede in a big spot. He looked to go the other way and did so on the 2nd pitch of his at-bat. Not only did Crede get a hit the other way, but he hit it out of the park for a game-winning 3-run home run! The Sox won their 3rd game in a row on a dramatic walk-off homer for Joe Crede.

In the second game of this 4 game series against the Royals, Freddy Garcia will take to the mound and face off against Jimmy Gobble. Game time is 7:05 CDT.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
 Ross Gload gets another start at first base and hits a solo home run. Not to be outdone, Joe Crede hits two of his own. So much for smallball...


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