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July 14 at Cleveland

How many Grinders did KW use today:
"Stellar performance by Contreras in shutting down the vaunted Tribe offense. Thomas and Iguchi provided the game's only run, and Podsednik ran wild to give the Sox opportunities to score."

Short Take:Contreras, Sox blank Indians 1-0 at the Jake to start second half on a winning note.

The second half of the season begins in the same fashion as the first half did, with a 1-0 shutout victory at the expense of the Cleveland Indians.

Jose Contreras pitched 7 shutout innings to earn the win, evening his record on the season at 5-5. The Sox allowed only one Cleveland runner past second base the entire night, and that was on a balk in the 5th inning. Damaso Marte made a triumphant return to the bullpen as well, striking out all 3 batters he faced in an impressive debut after coming off the DL.

Contreras' counterpart, Kevin Millwood, was dominant most of the evening himself. The Sox only managed 6 hits off him in 8 innings, but they were able to push a run across in the first inning which turned out to be the game winner. With one out in the top of the first, Tadahito Iguchi singled and stole second base. He would score when the next batter, Frank Thomas, doubled off the glove of left fielder Coco Crisp. The Sox would go on to load the bases up with only one out in the inning, but Millwood would work out of that jam and pretty much coast the rest of the night.

Scott Podsednik did his best to try to add to the Sox run total, to no avail. Podsednik stole 3 bases, including second and third base with one out in the 8th inning. In that inning, Iguchi and Thomas subsequently struck out, stranding Podsednik at third base. The Indians, meanwhile, didn't fare any better. Following a one-out double by Jhonny Peralta, Contreras would balk Peralta over to third with two outs before retiring Grady Sizemore to preserve the shutout. Contreras finished the night with 7 K's and 3 BB and allowed just 3 hits. Ironically, all 3 BB were to the same batter, catcher Victor Martinez, who also had a single in the 9th inning off closer Dustin Hermanson. Hermanson would get the final two outs of the game to record the save, his 22nd on the year.

The Sox will look to continue their dominance of Central division foes tomorrow, in the second of a 4-game set in Cleveland. The Sox are now 12 games better than Cleveland in the Central, and 10 games ahead of second-place Minnesota. Freddy Garcia (8-3, 3.53), takes the mound for the Sox against C.C. (Crooked Cap) Sabathia (6-5, 4.50). Gametime is 6:05 pm CDT from Jacobs Field in Cleveland.

Ozzieball Update:
Pitching and defense played prominent roles tonight. Stolen base by Iguchi in the first yields a run, but Podsednik's three stolen bases wasted as Sox fail to drive him home even once.

submitted by beckett21.

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