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Oh No, Oakland!

July 10th vs. Oakland


How many Grinders did KW use today:
4
"Extra innings means extra grinders. Ozuna gets the start, while Harris, Widger, Perez all get playing time in the late goings. Timo's grinderball almost pays off to boot. "

Short Take:A's complete sweep of Sox in South Side slugfest

Two schools of baseball thought clashed for the last time this season on the South Side of Chicago today. The Oakland Athletics and their "Moneyball" philosophy worshipped by pasty statheads and best-selling authors everywhere met up against Ozzie Guillen's White Sox and their "smartball" philosophy, frequently the subject of scorn and mockery by the media and idiot commentators. Over the course of the season, the smartball philosphy has paid off for the Sox as they sacrificed and stole their way to the best record in baseball, but Moneyball ruled the day for the past 3 games at US Cellular. Oakland takes the finale of the 3-game series 9-8 in 11 innings, and mercifully we won't have to see Ken Macha's peesky team again unless they by some miracle make the playoffs.

Sunday's tilt definitely started with a tilt in favor of the Athletics. Jason Kendall led off the game with a double off Freddy Garcia, who battled both bad pitches and bad calls by home plate umpire Marty Foster. Mark Kotsay followed Kendall with a single which brought Kendall home. The A's had the potential to crack the game open early with two men on base, but some stellar catching and throwing by Aaron Rowand kept the game close. The White Sox countered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning, as Tadahito Iguchi scored on an Aaron Rowand single. The Sox could have added to that toal if not for the wildly waving Joey Cora, who sent gimpy lumbering Frank Thomas home from second only to have the Big Hurt thrown out by a mile. Oakland jumped back out in front in the second as the A's offense continued to pound Garcia. Marco Scutaro led off with a single and scored two batters later on a Jason Kendall RBI single before Garcia managed to stop the bleeding by retiring three batters in a row, leaving runners to die on second and third. The Sox got one run back in the top of the third when Scott Podsednik led off with a double and scored on a Thomas base hit, but squandered their chance to jump out in front by not getting the ball out of the infield.

On and on the game dragged. The A's continued to hit Garcia well, but the Sox solid defense performed when they needed to and kept them in the game. The Sox took advantage of some sloppy defense by the Oakland infield to load the bases, but only mustered one run as Scott Podsednik grounded into a double play and Iguchi ripped a ball right to Chavez at third. In the fifth, the Sox finally jumped out in front when Carl Everett drove a Dan Haren offering into the seats in right to give the Sox a 5-4 lead. Unfortunately, that lead would be short-lived. Neal Cotts trotted out to relieve the worn-down Garica, and found himself in a lot of trouble. Bobby Crosby doubled, Eric Chavez walked, and Dan Johnson ripped a bases-clearing triple to put Oakland back on top. Ozzie Guillen called for Cotts to intentionally walk Bobby Kielty. Nick Swisher flied out, but Guillen called for the free pass again to Marco Scutaro, bringing up the weak-hitting Adam Melheuse with the bases loaded. Wouldn't you know it? Cotts, by now accustomed to throwing pitches outside, walked Melheuse and his whopping .179 batting average, scoring Johnson. Cliff Politte relieved Cotts and fanned Jason Kendall, but the damage was done.

The Sox wouldn't go down without a fight though, scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh when Paul Konerko lumbered home on an Aaron Rowand single. Oakland jumped back to two runs ahead in the top of the ninth as Moneyball poster boy Nick Swisher took Dustin Hermanson deep. Paul Konerko led off the Sox home half with a home run off the bottom of the left field foul pole, and the stage was set for another ninth-inning thriller. Carl Everett followed Konerko and reached on an error. Willie Harris was brought in to pinch-run, was sacrificed to second and then scored on a Timo Perez double to knot the game up. Perez' scoring chance died at second as Pablo Ozuna grounded out to second to send the game to extras.

In the 11th, the A's took the lead when Eric Chavez scored on a Nick Swisher double off Luis Vizcaino. The Sox got their leadoff man on in the bottom half when Paul Konerko tallied his fifth hit of the afternoon. Jermaine Dye pinch ran for Konerko and stole second, but Harris, Rowand and Chris Widger couldn't bring him home.

The Sox head to the All-Star break with the best record in baseball and a commanding division lead even after being dominated by Oakland all weekend long. The second half of the season gets underway Thursday night in Cleveland, with a 6:05 start at Jacobs Field.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Sacrifices and steals play a big part today, but Wee Willie's blown sacrifice may have cost us the game.


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