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Throwing away a win

May 10, at Tampa Bay


How many Grinders did KW use today:
3
"7-8-9 hitters, Juan Uribe, Chris Widger, and Joe Crede combine to go 7-11 with 5 runs and 3 RBI.  The rest of the line-up puts up a big ol' 2-23."

Short Take:  Sox pitchers combine to walk 9; Tampa Bay scores 3 in final 3 innings to steal 7-6.

It was a night of almosts for the White Sox in Tampa Bay.  After a dissapointing loss to the perpetual doormats of the American League East, the Sox looked to bounce back and pull even in the series with the Devil Rays.  Unfortunately, Lady Luck would not be on their side for the night, and ultimately less than stellar pitching did the Sox in for one of the few times in the young 2005 campaign, as Tampa Bay scored 3 unanswered runs to close the game and walk away with a 7-6 victory.

The Sox, however, characteristically jumped out to a quick lead.  In the first inning, off Devil Ray starter Mark Hendrickson, with Carl Everett at second and Paul Konerko at third, Aaron Rowand hit a single to Chris Singleton in right field.  With the less than speedy Everett rounding third, and a very strong throw by Singleton, it looked like the Sox would be denied the run, had it not been for an excellent slide by Carl and poor defense by Toby Hall.  The Sox added to that lead in the second, when Joe Crede lifted a sacrifice fly to score Juan Uribe.

Tampa Bay cut the lead in half in the second off starter Jose Contreras, but the Sox offense gave a cushion in the 4th.  Back-to-back-to-back doubles by Juan Uribe, Chris Widger, and Joe Crede scored 2 more runs and put Contreras up by 3.  That lead would not stand, however, as Jose began to lose his command.  He walked Nick Green and Chris Singleton to lead off the fourt before surrending a deep home run to Toby Hall to knot the score at 4.  Jose later walked Julio Lugo but nothing came of that.

In the fifth, Aaron Rowand nearly put the Sox up by a run with a deep blast to dead center field.  Had that ball not been hit to the 404-foot wall in centerfield of Tropicana Field, maybe the outcome of the game was different.  As it was, the Sox gave Contreras the lead again in the in the 6th.  Still facing Hendrickson, Chris Widger lead off the inning with a double.  Joe Crede attempted to move him to third on a bunt, and thanks to a throwing error on Hendrickson, Widger would score and Crede would stop at third.  Tadahito Iguchi sacrificed him home a batter later to put the Sox again up by 2.  A lead-off single by Jorge Cantu in Tampa Bay's 6th inning put an end to Contreras's night.  Though he only pitched 5 innings, he did put the Sox in a position to win, exiting as the pitcher of record on the positive side.  Neal Cotts was effective, keeping the Rays off the scoreboard and turning the ball back over to the offense.

Rob Bell came into relieve Hendrickson in the 7th and threw five pitches; four of the ugliest balls ever thrown, to Paul Konerko.  One hit the backstop, two failed to make it to the plate, and the final one nearly plunked the Sox first baseman.  Unfortunately, Tampa Bay skipper Lou Piniella did not hesitate to pull his erratic pitcher, replacing him with Travis Harper.  After Aaron Rowand failed to move Konerko to second, the Sox were unable draw any fruits of the lead-off walk.

After Aubrey Huff doubled to lead off the 8th, Luis Vizcaino was called on to shut the door on Tampa Bay.  Instead, he walked two, allowed a hit, and a stolen base in the frame.  Chris Singleton's ground out to first base may have been the second out of the inning, but it scored Huff.  After a walk to Toby Hall, Cantu singled to center field to score Singleton and tie the game at 6.  Josh Phelps then battled to a full count with Vizcaino before he struck out swining to temporarily preserve hope for the South Siders.

The Sox, however, could get little done the rest of the way.  In the 8th, Tadahit Iguchi managed to walk with 2 outs before Carl Everett grounded out to first.  In the ninth, Jesus Colome had an easy 1-2-3 inning, setting up some late-game heroics for Tampa Bay.  With one out, and facing the struggling Shingo Takatsu, Jorge Cantu ended a dissapointing night with a dagger to left field in the form of a walk-off home run.

The Sox will look to avoid being swept for the first time this season tomorrow, as they face Tampa Bay at 1:15 Central time.  Orlando Hernandez goes for the Pale Hose against Dewon Brazelton and his 6+ ERA.  Aside from pride, the game is important, as the Sox will hop on a plane back to Chicago and prepare for a 4-game Battle Royale featuring the two top teams in the American League, so it would be nice to get a little momentum going into the weekend set with Baltimore.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update: 
Offense does the job, handing the best pitching staff in baseball 6 runs and taking the lead on Tampa Bay twice.  9 runs and 3 runs after the seventh inning will do you in, though.


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