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At least they led...

May 16, vs. Texas

How many Grinders did KW use today:
"Special props to the bullpen trio of Vizcaino, Politte, and Takatsu for shutting down Texas and give the Sox all they needed to win.  Don't know if "grinders" hit home runs, but A.J. and Tadahito at least came up with the big hits."

Short Take:  Offense gives early support, but Orlando Hernandez inefftive early and Damaso Marte ineffective late as Sox drop third in a row, 7-6 to visiting Texas.

Live by the sword, and die by the sword, Sox fans.  After a franchise and MLB-record breaking start to the '05 campaign highlighted by downright nasty pitching, the Sox are clearly in the midst of a cool phase... highlighted by ineffective pitching.  After being handed a 3-run lead out of the first inning, Orlando Hernandez was battered by the Texas Rangers and Damaso Marte allowed a game-winning homer in the top of the ninth as the visitng Rangers topped the White Sox 7-6 Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Kevin Mench drew first blood with a solo home run in the top half of the game's first frame, but the Sox offense would answer back quickly against Ranger starter Chan Ho Park.  After two quick outs, a single by Aaron Rowand, and walks to Paul Konerko and Carl Everett loaded the bases for A.J. Pierzynski, who didn't dissapoint, by depositing a ball over the Bullpen Sports Bar to give the Sox a 4-1 lead in the first game after their MLB-record streak was snapped by Baltimore.

Hernandez, however, could not shut the Rangers down.  Whatever he threw over the plate got crushed and whatever he threw out of the zone got watched.  And, believe me, he threw plenty out of the zone.  He would only last 2.2 innings, throwing 70 pitches, 32 of them balls, and allowing 4 walks.  In the second, Texas scored a pair of runs on a triple by Laynce Nix following a lead-off walk to Richard Hidalgo, and Nix scored on a 2-out single by David Delucci.  In the third, disaster struck again, as Texas plated runs on a double by Hank Blalock, a single by Alfonso Soriano, and on another 2-out single, this time thanks to Rob Barajas.  That would be Hernandez's last pitch of clearly his worst individual start of the season and arguably the worst of the season for the entire team.

Still, give his offense some credit.  After a lenghthy period of utter dormancy, the Sox managed to claw their way back into the contest.  And credit Luis Vizcaino, Cliff Politte, and Shingo Takatsu for coming in and shutting down the Rangers O that was crushing El Duque.  In his 2.2 innings, Hernandez allowed 7 hits, 6 runs, 4 walks, and fanned 2.  In their combined 5.1 innings, Vizcaino, Politte, and Takatsu allowed 2 hits, no runs, walked a pair and struck out 7.

With an out in the fifth, Scott Podsednik did what he does best; get on base and make himself a nuisance to the opposition.  With Park clearly preoccupied with the speedy Podsednik, Aaron Rowand was able to bounce a double off the right field wall; missing tying the game by feet, but deep enough to plate Scott from first.  Paul Konerko... struck out.  Anytime now, Paulie.

Texas went to their bullpen in the 7th.  Brian Shouse pitched a flawless 1.1 IP before giving way to Nick Regilio.  Ozzie countered by batting Tadahito Iguchi in place for Willie Harris.  Again, Iguchi battled, fouling off several pitches, one about 340 feet down the right field line, before dropping a pinch hit home run on Texas just over the right field fence to tie the score at 6 and illicit minor pandemonium from the 26,000+ in attendance.

It wouldn't last, though.  After a scoreless, but not entirely stress-free 7th, Ozzie pulled Takatsu in favor of lefty Damaso Marte.  He answered the call at first, striking out pinch hitter Chad Allen, but served up a hanger to Mench, who drove a stake into the Sox's heart with his cocky little bat flip as the ball carried into the left field stands to put Texas back up 1, 7-6.  Ranger closer Chad Cordero came on and made quick, painless work of Pierzynski, Joe Crede, and Jermaine Dye as the Rangers captured the first game of the three-game set.

Jon Garland looks to be the stopper as he goes for his eighth win of the season tomorrow night at U.S. Cellular Field.  He will be opposed by Pedro Astacio.  The game will be aired on Comcast Sports Net and first pitch is scheduled at 7:05 Central time.

Ozzieball Update: 
Deceptive smallball tonight.  Sox load the bases in the first with singles and patient at bats before A.J. gets a hold of one and doesn't miss... Nice to see something that looks like clutch hitting and Tadahito's homer was proceeded by an extremely good at-bat in which he battled Regilio from the start.  His ball just carried the extra 5 feet it needed to clear the wall.

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A.J. Pierzynski

Caught David Dellucci stealing the first and then turned around for a big, 2-out grand slam to momentarily put the Sox on top.  Probably could have pitched better than Hernandez, too.

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